Image Bank Sweden – contemporary images of Sweden

Presenting Sweden abroad? Image Bank Sweden features thousands of quality images and stock videos, all free of charge for you to use – and no registration required. The website offers a curated collection of images from professional photographers. The image bank is a great tool to enhance your story about Sweden.

You can easily find the images you want by browsing the categories or using the search function. You can download them for web, in high or full resolution, or choose to embed it. Image Bank Sweden will continuously be updated with new pictures of Sweden, so hopefully you will find something new every time.

Image Bank Sweden is administered by the Swedish Institute and Visit Sweden. It is a cooperation with Business Sweden and the Swedish Government Offices, including the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications. Together all of these organisations are called the Council for the Promotion of Sweden (NSU).

The NSU works to ensure the coordinated and long-term promotion of Sweden abroad. The purpose is to achieve political objectives; promote trade; attract investment, tourists and talent; and encourage cultural and scientific exchange.

Instructions

If you want to download or publish an image, please read our Terms of Use available in the upper right hand corner at the website https://imagebank.sweden.se/.

Always remember to credit the photographer by clearly stating the photographer’s name plus imagebank.sweden.se in connection with the photo, for example “Credits: Anders Tedeholm / Image Bank Sweden“.

Images or videos from Image Bank Sweden may not be used in Sweden towards a Swedish target group. An exception is the NSU organisations. These organisations are allowed to use the images/videos in their own work – such as publications on their own websites, annual reports, information about the organization, social media, an event etc. Also, if an NSU organisation is the main organiser of an event coordinated with another organisation, it is also permitted to use the images and videos on Image Bank Sweden.

Link to Image Bank Sweden

https://imagebank.sweden.se/

Contact

For questions, please contact ibs@visitsweden.com.

How Swedish women got the right to vote (Arabic)

In 2021 Sweden celebrates 100 years since Swedish women got the right to vote. To mark this anniversary, here’s a quick journey through the history of women’s right to vote in Sweden – from 1921 to today.

How Swedish women got the right to vote

In 2021 Sweden celebrates 100 years since Swedish women got the right to vote. To mark this anniversary, here’s a quick journey through the history of women’s right to vote in Sweden – from 1921 to today.

Images that change the world in Zagreb

The embassy of Sweden in Zagreb have worked with the Images that change the world exhibition outdoors with rented stands at the Cvjetni trg square in Zagreb.

We asked Mirna about the feedback on the exhibition since the content might be a bit provocative. Mirna Juric at the embassy: “We have some negative comments on social networks, but generally the response from people is positive. We have a lot of  media articles, several radio announcements and one TV media clip. Fortunately the media communication was positive and proactive. It feels like a good result. It’s wonderful if we can start discussions and get reactions on inclusion.

The exhibition will travel on to Split in Croatia during 2021.

Image of the exhibition in Zagreb

Credits: The Embassy of Sweden in Zagreb.

Image of the exhibition in Zagreb

Credits: The Embassy of Sweden in Zagreb.

Image of the exhibtion in Zagreb

Credits: The Embassy of Sweden in Zagreb.

Image of the exhibtiion in Zagreb

Credits: The Embassy of Sweden in Zagreb.

Education and economic gender equality

This video is a part of the toolkit Her Rights! Money, power, autonomy available on sharingsweden.se.

For subtitling to local languages kindy use this script (word, English).

Economic gender equality and the labour market

This video is a part of the toolkit Her Rights! Money, power, autonomy available on sharingsweden.se.

For subtitling to local languages kindy use this script (word, English).

The Swedish approach to fairness (Arabic)

Sweden ranks as one of the world’s most gender-egalitarian countries, based on a firm belief that men and women should share power and influence equally. An extensive welfare system makes it easier for both sexes to balance work and family life. However, the Government recognises that there is still room for improvement in many areas.

Printing instructions for SI fact sheets.

Her rights! Money, power, autonomy

Women’s economic empowerment is necessary for global sustainable development. Still, all over the world women earn less and do the majority of the unpaid care work.

This exhibition aims to open for dialogue about how economic equality and women’s economic autonomy are connected to, dependent on, and a prerequisite for all other aspects of gender equality and women’s and girls’ rights.

If we are to accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals, we need to empower women in the economy and close gender gaps. But progress is unacceptably slow. At the current rate, it will take over 100 years to achieve global gender equality, according to World Economic Forum.

In 2020, twenty-five years after the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, UN Women gathered countries, multilateral organisations and civil society organisations to join six action coalitions aiming to achieve tangible results during the UN Decade of Action (2020–2030).

This toolkit builds on Sweden’s involvement in one of these action coalitions, for ‘Economic justice and rights’.

Building blocks

Exhibition – Her rights! Money, power, autonomy

This exhibition underlines the need for action in the area of economic gender equality. By raising six interrelated themes the material offers the opportunity to discuss challenges and opportunities connected to economic gender equality. With timelines we also tell the history of Sweden´s gender equality journey through progressive policy and reform, legal efforts and a strong women’s movement.

Overview of exhibition (PDF)
Exhibition in English (PDF, low resolution – not for print)
Exhibition texts for local translation (English, Word)

Social media video

Below films and scripts enable Swedish embassies and consulates to add text of local language – preferably with the help from a local graphic designers. Please see instruction for font and colouring of text – and use the English version as a template. Kindly note that the Swedish Institute does not have the capacity to handle the local language productions.

Video 1: Economic gender equality and the labour market (downlioad from vimeo)
For subtitling to local languages kindy use this script (word, English)

Video 2: Education and economic gender equality (download from vimeo)
For subtitling to local languages kindy use this script (word, English)

Instagram Stories Quiz
Short instructions for using the Quiz on Instagram Stories (Word)
Instagram Quiz – questions and answers (word, for translations from English)

The building blocks to make a quiz for Instagram Stories are available to download from Onedrive. Both with English text as well as a “clean version” for local language adaptions. Contact Ulrika Rosvall to get the link.

Examples from the quiz

Examples from the quiz. For the actual quiz – see above information.

Topic suggestions and presentation material

Event suggestions: topics and themes (English, PDF)
Presentation: Economic gender equality (PPT)
Speakers notes: Economic gender equality presentation (Word)
Fact sheet: The Swedish approach to fairness (link to fact sheet page)

Instructions

Manual and guidelines for organising events/seminars (PDF)

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.

How to report

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

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information please contact Ulrika Rosvall

#globalguytalk

What happens when men start talking to each other? That simple question is the starting point for #globalguytalk.

Sweden has long actively worked with and pushed for issues related to gender equality and women’s rights, both nationally and globally. For the past five years, Sweden has also pursued a feminist foreign policy. This does not mean that Sweden is spared from gender equality challenges or destructive norms as regards masculinity.

In the wake of a public discussion about abuse in 2016, the organisation Make Equal launched an initiative in Sweden where men got together to talk about their feelings, friendship, relationships, sex, male roles, and about their responsibilities. The initiative became a big success with huge national media attention. But the concept also proved valuable far beyond Sweden’s borders.

With an exhibition, conversation guides, training for conversation leaders, introductory videos, press material and posts for social media, the Swedish Institute together with Make Equal have developed a complete package to initiate #globalguytalk in your country. 

Feel free to collaborate with organisations that work with gender equality issues to start a local initiative. Design and content can of course be adapted based on your local context. If you need help, SI and Make Equal are available to provide support.

Instructions

Short description for embassies and consulates on how to arrange a #globalguytalk (.pdf).

Building blocks

Website

The website www.globalguytalk.com contains all necessary information for participants and conversation leaders. Please direct interested parties to this site for more information about #globaguytalk.

Exhibition

What are the questions and challenges men face today? In the exhibition #globalguytalk, visitors are invited to reflect on masculinity. They are encouraged to join in on the conversation about male norms and their consequences.

The exhibition is structured around words, quotes, and statistics from the non-profit organisation Make Equal and their extensive work on male norms and equality in Sweden.

  • Manual for producing and presenting the exhibition (.pdf)
  • Exhibition in English (.pdf)
  • Exhibition in editable format – InDesign
    Kindly contact Anders Öhrn or Michael Skoglund at SI
  • Information about the exhibition module

Manual for conversation leaders

This manual for the conversation leader introduces the concept and gives tips and tricks for how to organise a #globalguytalk – digitally or physically. It contains information about preparations, how to carry them out, as well as how to reflect and evaluate. 

An introductory video for the conversation leader is available on YouTube. The video also serves as an in-depth introduction to the concept. The video is in English, but additional subtitling can be made to relevant languages, see instructions below under “Video for social media”

Guides for conversation leaders

There are nine different conversation guides, covering topics such as ’dads’, ‘vulnerability’ and ‘avoidance.’ Each manual contains several questions to choose from when hosting a #globalguytalk, and each guide has been divided into different levels. The conversation leader decides in advance which questions to use and in which order. At globalguytalk.com, you can generate a guide containing the topics and levels that suit the local context.

Communication

Social media kit

Previously, #globalguytalk got a lot of traction on social media. To start a local social media campaign, please refer to our social media sharing kit. Don’t forget to use the hashtag and to encourage local partners to spread the word online. 

Apart from the above video for conversation leaders, a teaser film and four videos introducing different themes of #globalguytalk are available. The videos also work as an introduction to an actual #globalguytalk, as part of an invitation, or as social media posts.

Subtitles

If applicable, add translated subtitles to the video for conversation leaders as well as the video for social media. Download the relevant SRT files here. 

The SRT files can be opened and edited in any ordinary text editor. SRT files are compatible with most social media (for example, on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/help/261764017354370). If you need a translation to appear on the video for conversation leaders on Youtube, please contact the Swedish Institute.

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.

How to report

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

Also, we want to encourage every conversation leader to visit globalguytalk.com and anonymously register the conversation. With all contributions, we can build a global map and show how many conversations have been held and where men are speaking the most.

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information please contact Anders Öhrn or Michael Skoglund.

Tekla workshop and dialogue

Tekla isn’t a girls’ tech festival. It’s simply a tech festival that invites girls.

The gender employment gap in the technology sector is impossible to ignore. The lack of women in technology roles contributes to a vicious cycle where other young women are deterred from entering the industry due to a lack of inspiration, role models and support system.

Tekla workshop & dialogue is a toolkit addressing the challenge of underrepresentation of women in technology and ways of empowering girls and women by strengthening their roles and opportunities.

The Tekla workshop offers girls aged 11–15 the opportunity to learn about code and explore different tech gear in an environment where all roles are available to them. They get to meet female role models and their confidence and curiosity towards the world of technology can grow.

Through this toolkit the Swedish Institute collaborates with KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Swedish Embassies and Consulates around the world in the international version of the Tekla project. The aim is to build on Sweden’s commitment and efforts to contribute to global gender equality and the full enjoyment of human rights by all women and girls.

Instructions

Manual for toolkit Tekla Workshop Dialogue (for embassies and consulates)

Manual for workshop leaders can be ordered from contact person.

Building blocks

Material overview

Separate PDF:s with material in the material overview can be ordered from the contact person.

Communication materials

Power Point Presentation – Tekla Festival

Film for social media (download)

Gif for social media 

GIF for social media

Inspirational Stories

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  Ulrika Rosvall