The Swedish Arts Council participates in a number of international cooperation projects and has an extensive international network of contacts. The Council's international undertakings include the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and Cultural Contact Point Sweden which is the EU Cultural Contact Office.
The Astrid Lindgren Memorial AwardThe Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is a literary prize established by the Swedish government in 2002. The aim of the award is to strengthen and increase interest around the world in literature for children and young people, and to promote children's rights. Presented annually, the award is administered by the Swedish Arts Council. Living authors, illustrators, storytellers and persons or organisations that have made valuable contributions towards the promotion of reading are eligible for the award. The prize money of SEK five million makes this the world's biggest award for literature for children and young people, and also the second biggest literary award in the world overall.
Cultural Contact Point SwedenThe Swedish government has made the Swedish Arts Council responsible for keeping up to date with and providing information about EU policy and activities in the cultural sphere. Together with the National Heritage Board, the Council runs the EU contact office for culture in Sweden, Cultural Contact Point Sweden. The aim of such offices, which operate in 29 countries, is to promote European cooperation on the cultural front with special emphasis on each country's participation in cultural partnership projects, in European networks and in organisations in the cultural sphere.
Support for international cultural exchangeThe Swedish Arts Council can provide funding for international cultural exchange initiatives. Funding is limited. Awards can be made for the performing arts, art and design, museums, literature, arts periodical and libraries, i.e. each area of cultural life in which the Council is engaged. Grants are awarded for travel expenses, or, for example, when international artists make guest appearances in Sweden, for hotel and travel
expenses within Sweden.