Media visits to Sweden

Media visits to Sweden are an essential part of promoting Sweden. The visits are arranged by the Swedish Institute as a response to interest from international media.

Upcoming visits

You will find themes and preliminary dates for 2019 below. We will publish information about media visits as soon as they are confirmed. Please check this page regularly for updates.

1. LGBTQ- rights in Sweden during Stockholm Pride – 31 July – 4 August 2019.

Swedish foreign missions are welcome to suggest a journalist with focus on social issues to join the media visit. Also, kindly note the general requirements for all participants to SI media visits. 10 spots are available.

We will visit (among others) the world’s first elderly home for LGBTQ-people, RFSL, meet activists, rainbow families and proud parents of LGBTQ-people, as well as institutions working against discrimination and the Church of Sweden that has married people of the same sex since 2009.

Deadlines for the Swedish embassy or consulate:

  1. March 25 – indicate participation in the programme
  2. April 2 (noon, Swedish time) – confirm the name of the journalist

The Swedish institute will make a selection of candidates if necessary.

The 10 vacancies will be filled by journalists fulfilling the following conditions (first come, first served):

– The program is aimed at journalists covering lifestyle, social and cultural issues working for a media with a wide reach (mainstream media, top 3 by reach in the country);

– Each participating Embassy/Consulate is allocated one vacancy – one journalist per country;

– SI finances the accommodation (4 nights in single room with breakfast), some meals (as stated in the programme), transport within Sweden;

– Participants should be able to follow the programme in English as no interpreter will be with us (the Embassy staff has to test their English skill in an interview before submitting the suggestion on the candidate to SI – note that SI has to approve the selected journalist);

– Freelance journalists should already have an assignment (which media and which article will they write for on the trip, a signed contract from the media house with expected publishing date);

– Journalists commit in following the whole programme;

– We are unfortunately unable to accommodate TV journalists for this trip;

– The visit is meant for those who have not participated in previous media trips arranged by SI;

– No per diem will be paid to participants of the trip.

– The Embassy will cover the flights cost to Sweden and eventual visa costs.

2. The Swedish Music Scene at Way out West Festival in Gothenburg – 7-11 August 2019.

We will discover the Swedish music scene at WOW festival, with possibility to meet the most interesting artists, both the established ones and newcomers.

This media trip is open for music journalists writing for publications with a large audience.

10 spots are available, 1 journalist per country.

Deadlines for the Swedish embassy or consulate:

  1. May 5 – indicate participation in the programme
  2. May 13 (noon, Swedish time) – confirm the name of the journalist

The Swedish institute will make a selection of candidates if necessary.

3. Innovation, Democracy & Citizen dialogue during Gather Festival – 10-15 September 2019.

Swedish foreign missions are welcome to suggest a journalist with focus on innovation and social issues to join the media visit. Also, kindly note the general requirements for all participants to SI media visits. 12 spots are available.

Deadlines for the Swedish embassy or consulate:

  1. April 1 – indicate participation in the programme
  2. May 1 – confirm the name of the journalist

The Swedish institute will make a selection of candidates if necessary.

Residence programme for independent journalists from Russia, the Baltics, Belarus and Ukraine on specific topics.

Read more about the residence programme.

Instructions

For Swedish Embassies and consulates abroad: Applications for sending a journalist to the media visits are done by sending an e-mail to Livia Podesta.

For foreign journalists: Applications for participating to a media visit to Sweden are done by contacting the Swedish Embassy in your country.

General requirements for participants:

  • Participants should be fluent in English and able to follow the programme in English. Foreign missions are expected to test their language skills when meeting the candidates.
  • Participants should come from prominent media outlets with wide circulation in the country, top 3 media in the country. No local or niched media outlets with limited reach.
  • Participants should report for print, online (incl. influential blogs) or radio. SI is unfortunately not able to accomodate TV journalists due to logistic requirements of these media outlets.
  • Participants must commit to follow the whole programme arranged by the SI.
  • Freelance journalists should already have a confirmed assignment.

Participants will be part of a bigger group with media representatives from several countries following the same programme.


Financial support for SI media visits

SI finances accommodation (3-4 nights in single room with breakfast), some meals (as stated in the programme), and transport within Sweden.

  • Each participating foreign mission is allocated one vacancy.
  • Each participating foreign mission finances the international flights and any applicable visa costs.
  • No per diem will be paid to participants.

How to apply

Submit your candidate together with a short description of the journalist and the related media and its circulation. The Embassy meets the candidate to go through the preliminary programme together. Only after the journalist’s commitment to participate should the Embassy submit all the information about the selected journalist to SI for the final confirmation.

If nothing else is specified, decisions will be based on the “first come, first served” principle, on confirmed journalist participation. Please note that we only accept journalists who have not yet participated in previous media visits arranged by SI.

The media visits are exclusively for journalists.

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information, contact Livia Podesta, Media Relations Manager