Sweden / Zweden

1. Cultural policy

Cultural policy profile

Cultural policy profile of Sweden in 7 thematic chapters, including additional information and resources.


Ministry of Culture: responsible for issues concerning culture, democracy, media, the national minorities, and the language and culture of the Sami people.

2. Official representations

Representation of Sweden in Belgium

Consulate-General of Sweden in Brussels
Cultural Affairs Officer
Mrs Inger Wahlstedt
Square de Meeûs 30, 1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 2 289 58 03
Mob.: +32 478 97 93 51

Representation of Flanders in Sweden

Diplomatic Representation of the Government of Flanders in Sweden
Mr Dries Willems, General Representative of the Government of Flanders in the Nordic Countries

3. About funding, cooperation and information centers

– Funding and cooperation

  • Kulturradet – Swedish Arts Council: The Swedish Arts Council is a government authority whose principal task is to implement national cultural policy determined by the Swedish Parliament. Its grants are intended to support organisations, working professionally with art and culture in Sweden and internationally. They are intended for cultural associations, organisations, groups, publishing houses, and municipalities – not for individual artists. Kulturradet is the National Member of IFACCA.
  • Konstnärsnämnden – The Swedish Arts Grants Committee: awards grants and allowances and promotes international cultural exchange for Swedish artists in visual art, design, music, dance, theatre and film. It provides grants to Swedish artists invited abroad, as well as for foreign professionals invited to Sweden. Check out its “Artists’ Guide” for key information about working in Sweden. Konstnärsnämnden is an IFACCA affiliate member.
    • Iaspis (International Programme for Visual and Applied Arts): Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Program supporting international exchange for practitioners in the areas of visual art, design, craft and architecture – Lena Malm
    • International Dance Programme: grants, residencies, visiting programs and collaborative projects for dance artists.
    • International Music Programme: grants, visiting programs and collaborative projects for composers
    • International Theatre Programme: contributes to artistic development and improved work opportunities for professional artists in the theater field.
    • International Circus Programme: contributes to artistic development and improved work opportunities for professional artists in the circus field
  • Statens konstrådPublic Art Agency Sweden: Governmental agency that produces public art: the interaction between contemporary art and public spaces through site-specific art, temporary interventions, urban development projects as well as discussions and publications.

– Information

  • Information on On the Move country page: On the Move is the cultural mobility information network, providing information and knowledge for artists and cultural professionals active across borders. On this page, you can find all current calls related to the country as well as the latest version of the Cultural Mobility Funding Guide – and more.
  • Ars Baltica: Focused on cultural cooperation around the Baltic Sea, Ars Baltica provides country profiles for all 11 countries. Find your way to further information about film, literature, music, visual arts and performing arts in Sweden!. “Cross-sectional” contains general information about projects, programmes and institutions that are dedicated to different fields of arts and culture.

4. Other information portals and platforms

– All disciplines

  • Sweden Festivals: National organization for Swedish non-profit culture festivals.
  • Swedish Lapland AiR: a cultural project aiming to build a network of artist residencies within Norrbotten, in northern Sweden.
  • Artistic and Literary Professionals’ Union / KLYS: the Swedish Joint Committee for Artistic and Literary Professionals, an umbrella organization for collaboration between professional artists from all art disciplines in matters of common interest such as authors´ rights, labor market, freedom of expression, cultural diversity, social security and tax schemes. KLYS brings together various national Swedish organizations in the cultural area representing artistic or literary professionals. It is active at Nordic, European and international levels to defend artists’ rights and promote cultural diversity.

– Visual arts

  • Swedish Artists Association (Konstnärernas Riksorganisation): founded in 1937, is an organization for professional visual artists, craftspeople and designers. The task of the Swedish Artists’ Association is to represent Swedish visual artists in political issues concerning art and artists’ financial and social situation. It is a member of KLYS.
  • SUPERMARKET – Stockholm Independent Art Fair: an international art fair for artist-run initiatives, operating since 2007. Supermarket is dedicated to exhibiting artist-run spaces, artists’ collectives, nomadic spaces and independent artists’ initiatives of all shapes and from around the world.

– Performing arts

  • Scensverige – Swedish Performing Arts Coalition: the country’s largest member organization for the Swedish performing art sector and is a national competence center to promote professional performing arts domestically and abroad. Its mission is to safeguard the freedom of expression and to be a partner in the global dialogue of the arts. SPAC is the national center of ITI (International Theatre Institute).
  • Scen & Film: represents professional performers and other creative workers from across the spectrum of the entertainment, creative and cultural industries. It provides legal advice and help, also when negotiating disputes. Scen & Film also provides compensation for workers on strike, insurance, participation in the EuroFia Dance Passport and digital representation via the Artist catalogue. It is a member of KLYS.
  • Swedish Performing Arts Association: An employers and industry association, represents over 100 cultural organisations across Sweden within the fields of theatre, music, and dance. It is a founding member of PEARLE* and a member of ISPA.
  • Assitej Sweden: The Swedish branch of the international association of theatre for children and young people.
  • Teatercentrum Sweden: a trade and employer organization for the independent professional performing arts, representing nearly 100 theatre companies. Teatercentrum helps its members connect and sell their shows, and provides capacity building for the sector – on local, national and international levels.
  • Danscentrum Sweden: was established as a national artistic research center in 2004 and has over the years evolved into an organization for the freelance contemporary dancefield. Danscentrum is a national organization with four independent regional organizations; Danscentrum Stockholm, Danscentrum West, Danscentrum South and Danscentrum North. It is one of the founders of Dansens Hus and takes part in large international projects to connect the Swedish dance field abroad.

– Music

  • Musikcentrum Sweden: is promoting the independent Swedish Music and presenting a unique non-profit resource for festivals and promoters as well as being a tool for anyone aiming to build relations to Swedish music and musicians.
  • Musikverket – Swedish Performing Arts Agency: Musikverket has existed since 2011 to support the Swedish independent music scene. It is anIFACCA Affiliate Member. It runs different large projects, from Svenskt visarkiv (Centre for Swedish Folk Music and Jazz Research) to Musikplattformen that offers guidance and advice to those who want to submit an application for financial support of their collaborative music projects – and more.
  • Svensk Musik: Archive to deposit, purchase and hire copyright-protected music from Sweden. Svensk Musik is a subsidiary to STIM, the organization of copyright protected music for songwriters, composers, text authors and music publishers worldwide. Our office administrates travel grants and awards to STIM affiliates.
  • Export Music Sweden: Supports Swedish songwriters, musicians, recording artists and companies within the music industry to go global. Export Music Sweden is a non-profit organization founded by the music industry associations SAMI (artists and musicians) and IFPI (record companies) and STIM (composers and publishers).
  • Musik i Syd: he regional music institution in the Skåne and Kronoberg regions and aims to give people access to live music experiences.

5. Regional organisations

  • The Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC): a governmental initiative which brings together national authorities, practitioners from cultural and creative industries (CCI) and experts. It works towards a stronger, more competitive and more resilient CCI sector that contributes significantly to the sustainable development of the Northern Dimension region (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, the Russian Federation and Sweden).
  • Nordic Culture Point: an institution of the Nordic Council of Ministers which works to support Nordic co-operation within the area of culture and to increase awareness of Nordic culture in Finland.
  • Nordic Culture Fund: works to support innovative and dynamic artistic and cultural life in the Nordic Region that is diverse, accessible and of high quality. Through this mission, we wish to stimulate the development of art and culture at all levels in the Nordic region, as well as in a global context.
  • Saami Council: a voluntary Saami organization (a non–governmental organization), with Saami member organizations in Finland, Russia, Norway and Sweden. The Cultural Unit is promoting a crossborder saami policy within the cultural field and supports both traditional and modern saami culture.
  • Baltic Nordic Circus Network (BNCN): a collaborative network of 20 circus arts organisations in the Baltic and Nordic countries. BNCN organises activities which aim to support the circus field in the Baltic-Nordic countries at large. From workshops to seminars to international residencies – for both artists and industry professionals focus on skills development, best practice, increased knowledge and cooperation as well as cultural and national identity.