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Concert with the music group Symbio. Photo: Sona Hellman.Concert with the music group Symbio. Photo: Sona Hellman.Concert with the music group Symbio. Photo: Sona Hellman.

Concert with the music group Symbio. Photo: Sona Hellman.

Promoting international collaboration

A few examples on how we strengthen and increase international exchange and collaboration:

  • We are the authority with a remit to promote Swedish translated literature abroad through the programme Swedish Literature Exchange.

  • We are the national contact point in Sweden for the Unesco 2005 Convention. 

  • Creative Europe Desk Sweden at the Swedish Arts Council work to strenghten and support international cultural cooperation.

  • On our own, or together with others, we arrange conferences to strengthen international exchange and collaboration. We also coordinate the Swedish presence in international fairs for the performing arts.


Our international networks

The Swedish Arts Council is part of several international networks together with similar authorities and organisations from other countries. We collaborate with the Counsellors for Cultural Affairs at the Swedish embassies around the world.

In addition, we work to give cultural organisation in Sweden the opportunity to participate in international networks and allocate funding to international networks each year.

The purpose of our participation is external monitoring of our art fields and cultural policy around the world.

Here are some examples of the networks we participate in:

  • IFACCA – International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies – International network for cultural authorities around the world.

  • IFLA – The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions – International network for libraries.

  • IBBY - International Board on Books for Young People – International network for children’s and youth literature.

  • IETM – International network for the performing arts.

  • ACE-net – International network for Arts and Cultural Education.

  • ENLIT, European Network for Literary Translation – European network for translation of literature.

  • Creative Europe Desk Network

  • NordLit – Nordic network for translation of literature to other Nordic languages.
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