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.

LGBTQI in film

This toolkit includes recent films with an LGBTQI theme that can be borrowed from SI and shown at film festivals or other occasions.

Queering Sweden – from 1917 until today

Sweden has a long history of voicing queer people in film, already in 1917 the first film with queer content was released – Mauritz Stiller’s Vingerne. Along with the passage of time and changes in society, the film industry has become more and more progressive. During the past decades the representation of LGBTQI people in Swedish film has increased. We have seen such groundbreaking films such as Fucking Queers and Show me Love and more recently, international successes like Something Must Break and With Every Heartbeat have been touring the world  and winning awards for their cinematic value, innovation and bravery.

The Swedish Institute and Cinema Queer International Film Festival present a film programme offering a wide range of perspectives, from shorts and documentaries to feature films. It covers everything from an important time document of the HIV epidemic in Don’t Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves via the struggle for trans rights in Just a Normal Person to Aniara – a queer space odyssey.

Building blocks

The films

Feature rainbow film “My Father Marianne” from the Film Selection 2021

When Hanna’s beloved father, the priest with the big beard, tells her that he’s really called Marianne, Hanna’s world falls apart. None of her courses in norm creativity can help; she hates Marianne who has stolen her dad away. But for Marianne there’s no turning back; she has to be who she really is – finally.

Genre: Feature, Fiction
Year: 2020
Duration: 110 minutes
Subtitles: English, German, Spanish, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian and Turkish
See trailer (Swedish only)
See more information at the database for Swedish Film Selecion.

Topp 3

An animated romantic comedy about love, charts and dreams of the future in the hinterlands of northern Sweden. In his last year of high school, completely ordinary Anton falls hopelessly for David, but is love enough when you want to live totally different lives?

Genre: Fiction, Animated
Year: 2019
Duration: 45 minutes
Subtitles: English
See trailer

The Swedish Institute provides digital access to the film. Now you have an opportunity to show it in an online film festival. If you have any questions, please contact Asta Rantanen.

Living. Loving.

In 2013, the world’s first senior residence for HBTQ people opened in Stockholm. Agneta, Ingbritt and Thomas move in. They have all had dreams and desires in a time of oppression and constraint. When they begin their lives in the senior residence, they gain new perspectives about themselves and their worldview.

Genre: Documentary
Year: 2018
Duration: 83 minutes
Subtitles: English, Spanish
See trailer

Girls Like Us

Five Swedish transgender girls talk about themselves: their inner lives, dating, parties and everyday life. It’s about Saga, Vanessa, Xenia, Ivy and Heidi – all with different backgrounds and different experiences. We are all more than the gender we are assigned. What you have between your legs does not define you as a person.

Genre: Documentary
Year: 2016
Duration: 83 minutes
Subtitles: English
See trailer.

Girls Lost

Kim, Bella and Momo are three fourteen-year-old girls who discover a fantastic flower with magic qualities: by drinking its nectar they are transformed into boys and they enter a new world. At first they enjoy their newly found freedom, but soon Bella and Momo realize that there are downsides to it. Kim however gets seriously addicted…
Genre: Feature
Year: 2016
Duration: 106 minutes
Subtitles: English

She Male Snails

She Male Snails weaves intimate bath time conversations between Ester Martin Bergsmark and the writer Eli Levén together with the story of the Boy Hag – a fantasy world that centres on a person caught between two genders who creates a third in order to survive.
Genre: Feature
Year: 2012
Duration: 74 minutes
Subtitles: English

Something Must Break

A love story between two young men where one is the androgynous Sebastian and one is Andreas who is not gay. They form a unity. It’s them against the polished Swedish Ikea-society. They dream about escaping boredom and the risk of becoming what everyone else is. And then there is Ellie – the superwoman growing inside of Sebastian who Andreas loves and fears.
Genre: Feature
Year: 2014
Duration: 80 minutes
Subtitles: English

Becoming Ann-Christine

Åke was working as a priest within the Church of Sweden, living a seemingly normal life with wife and children. But deep down inside he knew that he was somebody completely different. This film is a personal story about coming out as a woman at the workplace, in the family and in society. It is about sexual identity, prejudice and the longing to be who you really are.
Genre: Documentary
Year: 2015
Duration: 58 minutes
Subtitles: English, Spanish, Arabic

Just a Normal Person

Some people are born into the wrong body. Sam is one of them. This touching film is about everyone’s right to be who they really are. This film is Sam’s story.
Genre: Documentary
Year: 2015
Duration: 58 minutes
Subtitles: English, Spanish

Don´t Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves

A powerful drama about love in the shadow of AIDS, written by renowned Swedish author Jonas Gardell after his bestselling series of books with the same title. The series has won Swedish Kristallen Award, and the Audience Award at the Séries Mania Festival in Paris in April 2013, in competition with series such as Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.
Genre: Drama
Year: 2012
Duration: 3 x 58 minutes
Subtitles: English, Spanish

With Every Heartbeat

A family-oriented drama about finding your true identity. A moving, provoking and sometimes bittersweet tale, told with plenty of wit. The story centers on the main character Mia and the unwanted effects of a torrid love affair which will change her life forever.
Genre: Drama
Year: 2011
Duration: 105 minutes
Subtitles: English

Short rainbow films from the Swedish Film Box 2

The Swedish Institute’s Film Box 2 contains 7 short films with LGBTQ themes.

Feature rainbow film “A Holy Mess” from the Swedish Film Box 4

A Holy Mess asks the question how tolerant the tolerant Swedes are. A warm comedy about the modern family and their continual struggle to “do things right”.

Feature rainbow film “Aniara” from the Film Selection 2020

Aniara is an adaptation of Nobel Prize winner Harry Martinson’s epic science fiction poem by the same name. Aniara is one of the many spaceships used for transporting Earth’s population to their new home planet, Mars. Just as Aniara leaves the ruined Earth, it collides with space junk and is knocked off its course. Aniara’s passengers slowly realise that they’ll never be able to return to Earth but will continue onwards through an empty and cold universe forever.

Instructions

The Swedish Institute (SI) and Cinema Queer International Film Festival present a film programme with both short and feature length films, both fiction and documentary, covering topics such as the early days of the HIV epidemic and the struggle for transgender rights.

Embassies and consulates can borrow the Blu-Ray films from SI by filling out the application form below.

For a list of speakers that can be contacted for events as well as a list of international LGBTQI film festivals please contact Asta Rantanen.

Financial support

The Swedish Institute covers costs for screening rights for a maximum of two films at two occasions.

Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support of maximum 40,000 SEK for translation of the film(s) and inviting Swedish guest speakers (travel costs and remuneration).

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.

How to report

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

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information, contact Asta Rantanen.

Swedish Design Movement

Swedish Design Movement brings together players in Swedish design, fashion and architecture who are spearheading the transition to sustainability. The initiative seeks to put Sweden on the international design map, raise the profile of sustainable Swedish businesses and set a global example.

Swedish Design Movement has been part of the government’s export and investment strategy since 2016. It is now stepping up its drive to boost outside interest in Swedish design and accelerate demand for sustainable goods and services from Sweden. The first step is to raise Sweden’s profile as a design nation through a communications campaign showcasing innovative, pioneering companies and actors from different design sectors and parts of the country.

The target groups of the toolkit are both public and private actors who want to communicate Sweden as design nation through inspiring, sustainable design stories.

This toolkit currently consists of the following:

1. Communication package. Including videos for social media, logotypes, a flyer, a website page and a PowerPoint presentation. (More units will be added shortly, such as a short film series.)

2. Additional material for partners. Is your organisation not part of the Swedish Design Movement, but wishes to join? Please contact us!

3. Newsletter. To get the latest updates on Swedish design, sign up to our Swedish Design Movement newsletter.

About

Swedish Design Movement is a Swedish government initiative managed by the Swedish Institute in collaboration with Architects Sweden, the Swedish Fashion Association, the Swedish Federation of Wood and Furniture Industry, the Swedish Society of Crafts and Design (Svensk Form), Swedish cities, regions and other partners. Its mission is to build an attractive platform for industry players that want to strengthen their international presence and promote global sustainable development, which also benefits Swedish exports. More information about the Swedish Design Movement.

Instructions

Please make sure to include photo credit when using the content.

Building blocks

1. Communication package

Slideshow videos for social media:
Swedish design movement
Amaze the world with wood
Great design drives change
Hello sustainable everyday!
Next generation furniture
Re-used is the new new

Texts (copy) for slideshow social media videos

Kindly remember to tag the companies in the videos and to use #SwedishDesignMovement

Boilerplate available in English and Swedish

Logotype
Moving logotype
Instruction on how to use the logotype (Swedish)

The Swedish Design Movement website page contains further information about the Swedish Design Movement. Please direct interested parties to this site for more information.

PowerPoint presentation (available end of February 2021)

More units will be added shortly. Such as a series of short film showcasing innovative, pioneering and sustainable solutions from different design sectors and parts of the country. Language versions in French, German and Japanse will also soon be available. 

2. Additional material for partners

Please find below additional material for organisations being part of the Swedish Design Movement. It includes a manifesto, a boilerplate, a flyer and logotypes to be used on websites or in other suitable communication channels.

Manifesto in Swedish

Boilerplate available in English and Swedish

Flyer in Swedish

Logotype
Moving logotype
Instruction on how to use the logotype (Swedish)

Please note that this material – manifesto, boilerplate, flyer and logotypes are copyrighted. You cannot make any changes to graphic design or edit the texts.

3. Newsletter

Sign up to our newsletter to get the latest updates on Swedish design.

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information, please contact Jenny Bergström.

#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.

Gender equal world

Gender equality is a matter of human rights, democracy and justice. The human rights to freedom of opinion and expression and of peaceful assembly and association is the foundation of every aspect of gender equality. If we are to accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals, the mobilisation for human rights and gender equality must continue. Gained rights need to be protected and positions need to be moved forward.

Today, human rights are questioned and challenged, and human rights defenders are under pressure. With the shrinking space for democratic actors, including increased resistance towards the women´s movement, it is more important than ever to remind ourselves of the long-running fight of the women’s rights movement – and to stand up for the ongoing struggle of women human rights defenders of today.

This toolkit consists of a photo exhibition by photographer Anette Brolenius and suggested topics for seminars.

Building blocks

The exhibition

This is a photo exhibition consisting of 15 portraits of women’s rights defenders from different parts of the world. The exhibition is a tribute to those defending human rightsand those fighting for a gender equal world.

Overview of exhibition (English, PDF)
Exhibition texts (ENG) for translation (English, Word)

Videos 

Anette Brolenius – Gender Equal World (English, English subtitles, .mp4, vimeo)
Anette Brolenius – Gender Equal World (English, no subtitles, .mp4, vimeo)

Short video one (English, with subtitles, .mov, vimeo)
Short video one (without subtitles)

Short video two (English, with subtitles, .mov, vimeo)
Short video two (without subtitles)

Short video three (English, with subtitles, .mov, vimeo)
Short video three (without subtitles)

Short video four (English, with subtitles, .mov, vimeo)
Short video four (without subtitles)

Short video five (English, with subtitles, .mov, vimeo)
Short video five (without subtitles)

The films can be used as a component of (online) seminars or as a social media campaign on its own.

Topic suggestions

Events and seminars should be focused on topics, challenges and opportunities relevant to the local context. The toolkit material is intended as an inspiration for how activities can be arranged.

Event suggestions: format, topics and themes (English. PDF)

Press images

Rachel Mwikali Mueni, Kenya (JPG)
Lulu Barrera, Mexico (JPG)
Caption for press images

Instructions

Manual for producing and presenting the exhibition

Manual for organising events/seminars

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 seminars/round table will be prioritised. For more general events on gender equality, please discuss possible financial support with SI before applying.

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.

Life sciences – enabling tomorrow’s healthcare solutions

This brochure is the exhibition catalogue for Life sciences – enabling tomorrow’s healthcare solutions.

Sweden’s dedication to the health of its citizens is evident, as the country has long focused on frontline medical research and innovation, while simultaneously giving all citizens affordable access to high-quality healthcare.

But what makes Sweden’s life sciences story so successful, both historically and as we look towards the future? What are the mutual global challenges? Through access to data and open collaboration for common solutions, how can we face the future?

Swedish embassies and consulates – to place your orders, kindly contact order@si.se. Please include the following information:

  1. name of product
  2. language
  3. number of copies (please note that you can order maximum 15 copies)
  4. name of contact person
  5. address and phone number
  6. deadline for delivery

Accepting the challenge – 2030 Agenda in Lithuania

Embassy of Sweden in Vilnius worked with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and linked the information campaign to the celebration of 100 years of Lithuanian independence in 2018.

Essay competition

High school students were invited to write about their visions and ideas for the future, inspired by the 17 Global Goals. The students wrote 170 essays about Lithuania, Sweden, international community and the solutions to the problems the world is facing today.  As a result, the book “#Global Goals for the future of Lithuania” was published. It included 31 best essays. The books were sent to Heads of the State, state institutions, policy makers, civil society organizations as well as Swedish Institute’s alumni network and general public. The authors of the published essays were also invited to an awards ceremony.

Democracy festival Būtent!

The Embassy participated in the Democracy festival Būtent!, together with Nordic Council of Ministers and Regeneration 2030. Global Goals were the main theme. The Embassy and its partners organised „Reduce, Reuse and Recover“ workshops as well as public “fikas”. SI exhibition about Agenda 2030 was an inspiration to workshops’ participants.

FIKAs

The embassy organised Swedish” fikas” dedicated to Global Goals at public institutions, libraries, private companies and schools. It gave many people a chance to exchange ideas about sustainability.

Talking about Global Goals on social media

The Embassy used its social media channels to talk about how embassy’s staff contributes to one of (or several) the goals: going to work by bike, saving water, recycling, saving electricity etc.

The idea was to encourage others to live more sustainably. The campaign reached 130 000 people in Lithuania.

Statistics

Approximately 16 500 persons visited the Global Goals exhibition in Lithuania.

Never violence

This toolkit makes it possible to follow up on the End Violence Solutions Summit held in Stockholm with a seminar, round table or conference together with local partners and Swedish partners such as: Save the Children Sweden, ECPAT, Change Attitude, World Childhood Foundation, UNICEF Sweden, Friends and the Ombudsman for Children in Sweden. A connecting exhibition with illustrations from Stina Wirsén with texts from Astrid Lindgren’s speech Never violence! is also available.

Sweden was the first country to join the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children as a pathfinding country under Agenda 2030, goal 16, target 16.2. These countries demonstrate successful solutions to eliminate violence against children in different environments, from family settings to society at large. The Swedish government hosted the first Solutions Summit of the Global Partnership in Stockholm, on 14–15 February 2018.

2019 marked 30 years since the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the General Assembly in New York. It also marked 40 years since Sweden adopted the law on prohibition of corporal punishment in all settings, including the home of children.

Building blocks

– Seminar programme Never violence

– An overview of the exhibition with illustrations from Stina Wirsén with texts from Astrid Lindgren’s speech Never violence! 
(Large prints: 1400 x 700 mm. Small prints: 700 x 700 mm.)

-Exhibition texts:

Introduction by Marta Santos Pais
A statement from a pediatrician
Astrid Lindgren
Astrid Lindgren quotes

-Cotton tote bags can be ordered from the Swedish Institute, kindly contact Emma Jansson.

Instructions

Manual for Never violence event

Financial support

Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support of maximum SEK 40,000 for travel costs and remuneration for 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.

How to report

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

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information, contact Emma Jansson.