Welcome to Electionville!

What is local governance? What really constitutes a democratic process? And whom does it serve?

Electionville is a fictional city in the shape of an educational floor game, where the participants take on the challenging roles of county council members. Equally fun and engaging, the main objective of the Electionville toolkit is to educate about and provide insights into how democracy works.

Originally designed as a boardgame by the Swedish content bureau Fabel and commissioned by the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, Electionville has been produced in over 13,000 copies, reaching more than half of the primary and upper secondary schools in Sweden.

Primarily intended for people aged 15-24, the floor game version of Electionville can be played either individually or in groups. However, due to its versatility, the Electionville toolkit  is suitable for people of all ages and regardless of political affiliation. This makes Electionville the perfect tool for practicing core democratic values such as inclusiveness, participation, and gender equality. In fact, to engage in a game of Electionville is to engage in democracy.

For best result, we recommend that you organise moderated group talks or seminars on related themes (#DemocracyTalks) after the game event, using the discussion points below (see Game content). These group talks can be between the target group and specially invited representatives from the local community (e.g. municipality, mayor’s office).

Building blocks

Game content

Roll-up (80×200 cm, online version)
Event cards, top side (online version, language: English)
Event cards, text side (online version, language: English)
Event cards, top and text side (text in English for translation)
Party sheets (online version, only available in English)
Party sheets (text in English for translation)
Game board hexagons (online version, language: English)
Game board hexagons (text in English for translation)
Game instruction, folder (online version, language: English)
Game instruction, folder (text in English for translation)
Discussion points (coming soon)

Contact SI for print files.

Communication material

#CitizensofElectionville, canvas bag: overview and artwork
Press release/invitation (text in English for translation)

Social media resources

Please use #CitizensOfElectionville in your social media work to highlight your activities with the initiative. We also encourage you to use the #DriveForDemocracy hashtag as well as any of the relevant Agenda 2030 logos.

Instructions

How to use the Electionville toolkit

Financial support

Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support of maximum 40,000 SEK for production of the printed material, language translation and travel costs and remuneration for Swedish guest speaker(s). Parts of the sum applied for should be used for inviting Swedish guest speaker(s).

For projects aiming to strengthen cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region the level of financial support is limited to a maximum of SEK 100,000. Up to 30 per cent of the granted sum may be used for external project management.

How to apply

To apply, please fill out the application form.

The application must be sent in at least two months before the event. Resources are limited, and financial support may not be available at the end of the year. Limits may apply.

By filling out the application form you agree to respect the copyright agreement for the images.

How to report

After completed event, fill out the project report for toolkits.

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information, please contact Henrik C. Enbohm.

Images that change the world

This toolkit examines norms and stereotypes in images. These can be about age, ethnicity, disability, sex and sexual orientation.

Although norms are cultural, we hope that this toolkit will help you explore the norms that exist in your country. Since a picture says more than a thousand words, your target groups will become aware of their own stereotypes and can create more inclusive images, as well as start thinking about what communication in general can do. Communication can tickle our imagination when it comes to what we can do and who we can become. You can call this approach norm criticism. It will have the power to change confining structures and help make society more open and accepting.

During the creation of this toolkit, SI has had the pleasure to collaborate with the ‘Gender Photographer’, Tomas Gunnarsson, who uses his powerful photography to encourage people to think about more inclusive communication.

Images that change the world contains an exhibition, a guidebook and suggested guest speakers and topics.

Building blocks

  1. Exhibition

High-resolution exhibition in English (print version), please contact SI to receive the file
Low resolution exhibition in English (overview)
Exhibition texts in English for translation  
Working files for designing the exhibition in your local language – please contact SI to receive them

Hanging instructions and sizes of each panel in the exhibition (18 panels in total, requiring 18 meters of wall space, including space between the panels). The panels can also be exhibited in the modules, which are available in the exhibition module and can be used in a lot of different toolkit exhibitions.

 

  1. Guidebook

The guidebook is in English and is 36 pages long. To order, please contact sylvia.augustinsson@si.se

Guidebook (low resolution file for overview)

 

Suggested Speakers with presentations and topics

Marianne Nilsson, gender equality strategist, Region Värmland County Council.
Topics: equality and economic growth, masculine norms, inclusive communication

Tomas Gunnarsson, gender expert, journalist and photographer. He is the producer of the exhibition in this toolkit.
Topics: inclusive communication, norms and identity, gender issues

Barakat Ghebrehawariat, entrepreneur with a social agenda. He is a frequent public speaker, diversity trainer and a facilitator of change.
Topics: inclusive communication, highlighting ethnicity, diversity and democracy

Johan Adolfsson, communication consultant; while SI was developing this tollkit, he worked as the communication director at the Municipality of Gävle, the example used in the exhibition and the guidebook.
Topics: inclusive communication, gender issues, how to handle harsh criticism

Maria Richter Simsek, change agent and public speaker in equality and rural development. She will share experiences of inclusive practice and tools from Region Kronoberg County Council.
Topics: Inclusive communication, norm creativity, norms beyond gender, inclusive public sector.

Hedvig Bergenheim, Communication Director, Region Värmland County Council.
Topics: equality and economic growth, male norms and including communication.

 

Lectures and Workshops

Speakers can give lectures, as well as lead workshops of different content and length. We kindly ask you to plan such events together with your contacts at SI.

 

Press images, press release and Q&A

Press release for translation to your local language
Images that change the world Q&A

Press images. When you use these photos, please make sure to include the name of the photographer and the caption. 

Financial support

Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support of maximum SEK 40,000 for production of the printed material, language translation and travel costs and remuneration for Swedish guest speaker(s). Part of the sum applied for should be used for inviting Swedish guest speaker(s).

For projects aiming to strengthen cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region the level of financial support is limited to a maximum of SEK 100,000. Up to 30 per cent of the granted sum may be used for external project management.

Initiatives that include the exhibition in combination with lectures and/or workshop will be prioritised.

How to apply

To apply, please fill out the application form.

The application must be sent in at least two months before the event. Resources are limited and financial support may not be available at the end of the year. Limits may apply.

By filling out the application form you agree to respect the copyright agreement for the images.

Individuals or organisations who would like to show the exhibit should contact the Swedish embassy or consulate in your area.

How to report

After completed event, fill out the project report for toolkits.

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information, please contact  Sylvia Augustinsson or Anna Maria Bernitz

Congrats Pippi!

‘Now let’s celebrate’, Pippi shouted, as she got back on her feet. ‘Let’s celebrate until we raise the roof of Villa Villekulla.’

This toolkit is intended to help celebrate Pippi’s anniversary in a fun and meaningful way. It consists of several parts, centered around an exhibition. The toolkit includes something for both adults and children.

  1. An exhibition that consists of three parts:
    •   a story-based display
    •   an image-based display
    •   options to add on a furnished part where children can read, play and do different kinds of activities.
  2. A list of children’s activities.
  3. Seminar suggestions.
  4. Two social media campaigns.

For 75 years Astrid Lindgren’s fictional character Pippi Longstocking has entertained, astonished, questioned and provoked audiences all over the world. Pippi is adored by children, and people of all ages consider her a role model and a symbol for independence and anti-authoritarianism to this day. Her liberal and free-spirited character has made an impact far beyond the world of children’s books. Pippi’s character can influence gender equality education in children’s care, pre-school and school. And she also features in projects such as Save the Children’s Pippi of Today in support of girls in situations of migration and/or displacement.

Welcome to celebrate Pippi Longstocking 75 years!

 

The exhibition and social media campaigns are now available in the following languages: Albanian, English, French, Macedonian, Polish, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Building blocks

1. The exhibition

Exhibition materials
Exhibition overview (part 1)
Exhibition overview (part 2)
Exhibition overview (part 3)
Exhibition texts for translation (in English)
Exhibition texts for translation (in Swedish)

Theatre workshop
Theatre workshop scripts. (To receive the scripts for theatre workshops, please contact Emma Jansson or Sylvia Augustinsson).

Cutouts
Pippi Longstocking cutout figure
Mr Nilsson cutout figure
Little Buddy cutout figure

Communication material
Invitation poster
Pippi quotes for translation

2. Children’s activities

Activities for children
Quiz about Pippi

If you would like to order a box with a variety of Pippi products for your event, please email the contact persons.

3. Seminar topics

Suggested seminar topics

4. Social media campaigns

Texts for Congrats Pippi! social media campaign
Social media campaign overview

This is a social media campaign for Instagram and Facebook. Please use #CongratsPippi #BeMorePippi #CongratsPippi @swedense @astridlindgrenofficial. If relevant, you can combine them with #astridlindgren and #pippilongstocking. In French, please use #BonAnniversaireFifi and #fifibrindacier.

We would also like to encourage you to contact the publisher of Pippi Longstocking books in your country. You can then tag the publishing house during the campaign.

Contact the Swedish Institute to receive the campaign images.

The texts for the whole campaign are in the word file above, so that you can translate them to your local language.

Please make sure that you only use the campaign texts provided by the Swedish Institute.

Instructions

Manual for producing and presenting the exhibition
Copyright and disclaimers
Guidelines for theatre workshop (in English)
Guidlines for theatre workshop (in Swedish)

Please note that all the illustrations in the toolkit and material produced by SI – exhibition, social media campaigns etc, are copyrighted. You cannot hand printing files over to a third party. All material in the toolkit was produced in collaboration with Astrid Lindgren AB, including texts. You cannot make any changes to graphic design or edit the texts.

Financial support

Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support of maximum 40,000 SEK for production of the printed material, language translation and travel costs and remuneration for Swedish guest speaker(s). Parts of the sum applied for should be used for inviting Swedish guest speaker(s).

For projects aiming to strengthen cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region the level of financial support is limited to a maximum of SEK 100,000. Up to 30 per cent of the granted sum may be used for external project management.

How to apply

To apply, please fill out the application form.

The application must be sent in at least two months before the event. Resources are limited, and financial support may not be available at the end of the year. Limits may apply.

By filling out the application form you agree to respect the copyright agreement for the images.

The application period for Congrats Pippi will be prolonged until June 2021.

How to report

After completed event, fill out the project report for toolkits.

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information, please contact Emma Jansson or Sylvia Augustinsson.

Stories from Sweden – Fighting anxiety through a podcast – Trailer

What began as pure anxiety became a podcast! Five years ago,  Ida Höckerstrand and Sofie Hallberg started the now very popular ‘Anxiety Pod’ (Ångestpodden) .

Watch the whole film about the duo and their pod here.

Watch all the videos on YouTube. 

The film is also available without text for local adaptations. Please contact Kristina Pernevill to receive the file.

If you want to know how to remove or add subtitles to videos you publish on Facebook, please refer to these instructions.

Swedish waste disposal – a love story

Sustainable waste management is a huge challenge all over the world. But how come Sweden has no ‘waste mountains’? This film presents a comprehensive overview of the Swedish waste disposal system.

If you wish to add subtitles in other languages, please contact Karin Kärr to receive a subtitle free version of the film.

Eat Smart Challenge

Food relates to everyone. The way we raise, process, package and transport our food radically impacts our lives, communities and the planet. Luckily, there is a huge potential to make the food system smarter by changing the way we eat. Eat Smart Challenge is an online activity with seven hands-on challenges made to raise awareness and help people understand why their choice of food matters.  With the toolkit Eat Smart Challenge organisers challenge participants, partners and others to explore food and the way they eat. This toolkit also contains tips for pre- and post events in connection with the on-line activity.

To learn more, watch the short film below:

Building blocks

Invitation template
Registration form template

Press release – suggested text, with images to be used freely according to your local context. Please click here to download the images.

Eat Smart Challenge, two 70×100 mm posters

PR material: Logos to be used for T-shirts, aprons or bags

Pre-campaign material:

Suggested texts for mails to participants: “1 week left”, “3 days left”, “Day 1 of Eat Smart Challenge”, “Thank you for signing up”

Campaign week material:

Suggested texts for social media posts: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7

Post-campaign material:

After the challenge – suggested text for a mail to participants: “Be the change you want to see”

Images for e-mails: Intro, Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, “Be the change you want to see”.

Social media resources

Please use #eatsmarthallenge in your social media work to highlight your activities with the initiative.  We also encourage you to use the logo of UN Goals, since food is connected to all 17 UN Global Goals and Agenda 2030.

Instagram:

ESC image for Instagram
Instagram campaign images: Intro, Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Be the change you want to see.

Facebook:

Facebook campaign images: Intro, Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Be the change you want to see.

If you wish to translate these social media resources to your local language, please contact SI to receive the original files.

Inspirational stories

This is how the Embassy of Sweden in Belgrade organised a kick-off event prior to the challenge. See the film below:

 

Instructions

The manual explains how to carry out and invite participants to an Eat Smart Challenge.

The Swedish Institute and Living Cities must be mentioned as partners in all communication about the project. Please use all the graphic material for the challenge, provided by SI.

 Target groups

Students, entrepreneurs, change-makers, influencers, persons interested in food and how it is connected to a sustainable planet, staff at an office or an Embassy. Basically everyone!

Financial support

Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support of maximum 40,000 SEK to carry out the Eat Smart challenge with a pre- or post event.

For projects aiming to strengthen cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region the level of financial support is limited to a maximum of SEK 100,000. Up to 30 per cent of the granted sum may be used for external project management.

How to apply

To apply, please fill out the application form.

The application must be sent in at least two months before the challenge takes place. Resources are limited and financial support may not be available at the end of the year. Limits may apply.

Individuals or organisations who would like to participate or carry out an Eat Smart Challenge should contact the Swedish embassy or consulate in your area.

How to report

After completed event, fill out the project report for toolkits.

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information, please contact Birgitta Tennander.

 

Pioneering women in film

This toolkit pays tribute to women that have contributed to making the film industry a more gender-equal place. Gender equality is not only a human right, it is also the United Nations’ fifth goal of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. When it comes to gender equality in film, there is still plenty of room for improvement. Hence, the Swedish Film Institute together with the Swedish Minister of Culture announced their 50/50 by 2020 initiative at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016. The concept is now widely used by the international film industry.

The timeline Pioneering women in film tells the history of women in film, from its very beginnings until today. It can be displayed at film festivals worldwide, and when needed it can be expanded with local examples. Several Swedish contemporary films by female directors are provided via the Swedish Institute’s film selection. The Swedish Film Institute also provides key films by Swedish women from different eras, with directors such as Karin Swanström, Mai Zetterling, Suzanne Osten and Marie-Louise Ekman. We strongly recommend workshops, talks and seminars with film practitioners, scolars and activists as a complement to these building blocks.

Building blocks

The timeline is available as a wall banner or a leaflet. Both are in English, but can be translated and printed in local languages. The banner measures 4,0 x 2,3 m. The fabric depends on where and how it is showcased – indoor, outdoor etc. – but in general we suggest polyester. High resolution print files are available upon request.

Text in Word for translation

Swedish Film Selection

Additional selections

The Swedish Film Institute provides films from the National film archive with leading women directors, such as Gunnel Lindblom and Marie-Louise Ekman. The films are in DCP format with English subtitles and the screening fee is 1800 SEK (apx 170 EUR) for 1-2 screenings plus transport. Please contact Kajsa Hedström at Kajsa.hedstrom@sfi.se for further information.

Financial support

Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support of maximum 40,000 SEK for production of the printed material, language translation and travel costs and remuneration for Swedish guest speaker(s). Parts of the sum applied for should be used for inviting Swedish guest speaker(s).

For projects aiming to strengthen cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region the level of financial support is limited to a maximum of SEK 100,000. Up to 30 per cent of the granted sum may be used for external project management.

How to apply

To apply, please fill out the application form.

The application must be sent in at least two months before the event. Resources are limited, and financial support may not be available at the end of the year. Limits may apply.

By filling out the application form you agree to respect the copyright agreement for the images.

How to report

After completed event, fill out the project report for toolkits.

Contact person at the Swedish Institute

For more information, please contact Anna Maria Bernitz.

Stories from Sweden – The world’s smartest shower? – Trailer

He worked on NASA’s Mars mission project – which inspired him to take care of Earth. So Mehrdad Mahdjoubi designed a digital closed-loop shower that cuts water consumption by 90 percent and energy consumption by 80 percent.

Watch all the videos on YouTube. 

The film is also available without text for local adaptations. Please contact Kristina Pernevill to receive the file.

If you want to know how to remove or add subtitles to videos you publish on Facebook, please refer to these instructions.

10 things to know before moving to Sweden

Plans to relocate to Sweden? We give you 10 useful things you should know before moving to Sweden.

So feiern die Schweden – Traditionen und Festbräuche

Macht Sie der mystische Mittsommer neugierig, wenn die Schweden sich mit Blumenkränzen schmücken und um einen verdächtig phallisch anmutenden Baum tanzen? Oder eher der 13. Dezember, wenn die Schweden zum Duft von Safrangebäck aufwachen, dem Chorgesang frönen und sich von einer Prozession verzaubern lassen, die eine Lucia mit Kerzen im Haar anführt? In So feiern die Schweden erfahren Sie, welche Bedeutung die Jahreszeiten, die heidnischen Zeiten, das Christentum, die Einwanderung und natürlich die nicht zu stillende Neugier der Schweden auf die sich ständig weiterentwickelnden schwedischen Traditionen haben und hatten. Bestimmt werden Sie bei einigen Traditionen Ähnlichkeiten mit Ihren eigenen entdecken, bei anderen werden Sie sicher über deren besondere Eigenart staunen.

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