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The family of Sweden websites grows even bigger as in Russian joins the Arabic, Chinese and English official sites of Sweden. will provide users with updated, credible and relevant information about Sweden. The team aims to offer ‘aha’ experiences, unexpected angles and challenge the common myths about Sweden.

Sweden in 1m 46s: from generous parental leave to unpredictable weather

“This is Sweden” – a new film showcasing different sides of Sweden – was launched by the Swedish Institute today! You can watch it here:

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The video is also available for download at Vimeo and Sharing Sweden (with subtitles for 14, soon 17, languages).

The teaser for the film was released last week and has already been viewed 0,5 million times on social media. It was also screened yesterday at the Nasdaq Video Tower in Times Square, New York city.

The award-winning production company B-Reel Films produced the movie, Olof Lindh directed. At the age of 25 he already has a number of awards and achievements under his belt, including work for Spotify: “We’ve chosen a documentary method, shooting with real people in real situations rather than professional actors, to capture a true and multifaceted glimpse of life in Sweden.”

Alice Boman’s melancholic song Waiting helps convey the feeling further and the artist supports the video’s open message: “I’m proud to represent Sweden, the parts of Sweden this film highlight.”


Report from the organising team of the SI Alumni Forum in Belarus

Left to right: Pavel Makhnach, Liudmila Fokeeva, Aleh Kliatsko, Maryna Barouka, Aliaksei Kazlou, Katsiaryna Syrayezhkina, Vasili Mankevich, Ivan Tikota, Natalia Romeiko and Markus Boman (SI)


Dear Swedish Institute Alumni worldwide!

We are the team of the first Swedish Institute Alumni Forum (SIAF) on Entrepreneurship in Belarus (SIAF) and we would like to share our experience in the arrangement and conduction of the Forum. Unfortunately, we are not able to describe all the peculiarities, details and specifics of the Forum organization in one short blog article but we’d like to bring your attention to the most important parts.

Writing “we”, we mean the core of the team – 8 active participants: Ivan Tikota, Katsiaryna Syrayezhkina, Natalia Romeiko, Pavel Makhnach, Aleh Kliatsko, Aliaksei Kazlou, Maryna Barouka and Liudmila Fokeeva. Of course, it doesn’t mean that we did everything by ourselves. Within the organizing process a lot of other alumni in Belarus provided their support in different stages and in various activities. Read more » >>

Call for applications: SI Alumni Events!

Photo taken at last year’s alumni event “Our journey after Swedish Institute Management Programme”. Provided by SI alumnus Olga Ryabova.

Do you have an idea for an alumni event that you’d like to organise in 2016? The Swedish Institute can provide you financial support!

The Swedish Institute is pleased to announce the possibility for SI alumni and Regional SI Alumni Networks to apply for financial support to organise local events in 2016.

Through this call SI wishes to support regional alumni activities with the aim of creating platforms for alumni to meet, exchange knowledge and build competence in the network.

A maximum of SEK 12,000 can be applied for within this call. The grant can be used to arrange social events, lectures, seminars, workshops, study visits, and much more.

The call for applications is open from 15 January to 7 February.

You can find all relevant information and instructions on how to apply by clicking here.

Download the application form through this link.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

SI Alumni Event in Tanzania, 21-22 December 2015

This article comes from SI alumnus Elikana Kalumanga who organised an alumni event at the end of last year in Tanzania.

Last year, the SI Alumni in Tanzania had a unique event at the University of Dar es Salaam from 21st to 22nd December 2015.   The theme of the two-day event was ‘Applying free and open source software to enhance research capacity and e-learning in Tanzania’.  Initially, the SI Alumni event in Dar es Salaam was planned to be done in one day. However, following a kind request and support from the University of Dar es Salaam (Directorate of Knowledge Exchange), the SI Alumni agreed to organize the event for two days so as to share their knowledge and skills on application of free and open source software to more than 40 Masters and PhD students from different academic institutions in Tanzania. The SI event in Dar es Salaam was organized in collaboration with the Swedish Embassy in Tanzania and the Directorate of Knowledge Exchange, Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM).  The Guest of Honour at the event was the Deputy Vice Chancellor-Research and Knowledge Exchange (DVC-RKE) at the University of Dar es Salaam, Prof. C.Z.M. Kimambo. Other invited guests were Mr. Ludvig Bontell who attended the event as the acting Swedish Ambassador to Tanzania, also a representative from the Swedish Embassy in Tanzania, Prof. Charles Lugomela, Director-Knowledge Exchange at the University of Dar es Salaam (Swedish Alumnus) and Dr. Kokuberwa Katunzi-Mollel, coordinator, Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Dar es Salaam. Read more » >>