Sweden 500 – a year of celebration!

Join us to celebrate Sweden’s 500th birthday! With a foundation in history, let’s tell a story about Sweden today – from groundbreaking innovations and research to a stable democratic social system and a culture that includes everything from a deep-rooted fika tradition to world-class music exports. In addition to Sweden’s 500th birthday, this year’s celebration also includes the Swedish National day, HM The King’s 50th– and several Swedish cities and institutions jubilees. Zoom meetings for Swedish foreign missions Join us for an information meeting about the Sweden 500 – a year of celebration toolkit! The Swedish Institute invites all embassies and consulates, so that you can learn about what we have in store for you this year. Choose between two meetings on April 26th: 09:15-10:00 (CET) Click here to join the meeting 15:15-16:00 (CET) Click here to join the meeting Building blocks The toolkit is co-produced with the official Sweden channels. It will consist of mostly digital components and will be published throughout the year. Most of the material can be used as is, but videos and posts may need to be translated. The first delivery of new material will be published in mid-May. Keep an eye on the newsletter for updates! The material will include: Social media videos on history, innovation, culture and food. Interactive social media activities such as quizzes, greetings from our friends around the world, AR filters and GIF stickers. Spotify playlist. New images on Image Bank Sweden with focus on Swedish history. Merchandise for printing. New “Sweden 500” logo and other digital graphic material. Digital invitation cards. Financial support Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support of maximum 5,000 SEK for translation to the local language, subtitling and printing. Limits may apply. How to apply To apply, please fill out the application form How to report After completed event, fill out the short project report (not yet available): Report Sweden 500 years – a year of celebration. Contact at the Swedish Institute Don’t hesitate to get in touch and help us make this into a great celebration! For more information, please contact Michael Skoglund.

Minesto – “flying” power plant under water

A ‘flying’ power plant under water? Sort of! Swedish company Minesto has developed a technology that generates electricity from low-flow tidal streams and ocean currents. The patented principle is similar to a kite flying in the wind. Some seriously brainy stuff – and sustainable too. Minesto’s pioneering installations are carried out in the Vestmannasund strait in the Faroe Islands – the company’s first major client. In 2020, Minesto reached the milestone of delivering electricity to the Faroe Islands’ power grid from its tidal kite system.

Dump truck

This dump truck is unlike any other truck you’ve ever seen! 👀 The truck – already in use by construction company NCC – is the world’s first vehicle made of fossil-free steel 😎🚚 📷 The world’s first vehicle made of fossil-free steel, a dump truck by Volvo Construction Equipment, loads stone, gravel and asphalt in a rock shelter in Södra Sandby in the south of Sweden.  


Often forget to charge your devices?🎧🪫 No worries, two Swedish companies have developed the world’s first self-charging wireless headphones. These @urbanistalife headphones use a solar cell material called @powerfoyle, which can transform any indoor and outdoor light into endless energy. Smart huh?  

Battery professor – Pioneer the possible version

The future of energy requires green batteries. Meet Professor Daniel Brandell, a future-orientated Swede that explores the portable power source side of life with a keen focus on wireless devices. Daniel’s mission is to develop a new generation of more durable, efficient and sustainable batteries! 🔋🌍 Join Daniel and Sweden to Pioneer the possible and be part of the green transition.

Sweden Tech Ecosystem

Meet Sweden Tech Ecosystem We have a long history of innovation in Sweden. Today, startups all over the country are pioneering the business disruption needed for the twin transition. With Sweden Tech Ecosystem, you can deep dive into the Swedish startup scene. The platform is open for everyone and free of charge to use. The website is a joint project between Startup Sweden/Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth, Business Sweden, Vinnova and the Swedish Institute.

Envac – underground waste disposal system

Underground waste disposal system in Stockholm’s Hammarby Sjöstad.♻️ Download the video with English text or use the clean version to add your own local language. Text file available for local translation.  

Pioneer the possible Powerpoint presentation

This powerpoint presentation including a speakers script can be used when opening an event or when speaking at a summit or meeting about Sweden as a business nation in broader terms.

A Trip to Mid Sweden

Today we’ve travelled to the middle-ish part of Sweden. Here, in the country’s oldest university city, Uppsala, we learn how urine can be turned to beer and how a groundbreaking type of rice can revolutionise rice farming. That’s right, you read correctly!

A Trip to North Sweden

oday’s stop: North Sweden. This part of the country comes with stunning nature and vast wilderness. It’s sparse in population but has plenty of trees and brainy scientists – AI developers not the least. Let’s find out what robots have to do with Luleå!