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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 » >>

SI alumni activities planned for 2016

Photo: Ola Ericson / Imagebank Sweden

Dear all,

We hope you’ve had a good start of the New Year! At SI we are preparing for all the activities coming up in 2016. We’d like to present an early rough plan to you of what activities and opportunities will be available for SI alumni during the coming year. Please note that the below is tentative and may be subject to change:

15 January – 7 February: Call for applications to organise alumni events

February: Call for applications to organise an SI Alumni Forum (for reference see events in Belarus, Indonesia and Uganda on the Alumni Blog)

February: Call for applications to be this year’s alumni speaker at the NFGL Diploma Ceremony in Stockholm, 27 May 2016

15 April: Call for applications to organise alumni events

28 April: Gender equality event in Malmö (spots for 10-15 alumni)

28 June – 1 July: International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR) Conference in Stockholm

August: Call for applications to organise alumni events (tentatively)

10-11 October: ICT/Innovation event in Luleå

8-10 December: Nobel Week Dialogue

We are looking forward to another exciting year for the SI Alumni Network!

/ SI Alumni Team

Apply for a seat a this year’s Nobel Week Dialogue!

Picture: Ola Ericson/Imagebank Sweden

The Nobel Week Dialogue is an annual one-day event held during the Nobel week. This year’s event is held in Gothenburg on 9 December and is on the topic of “The Future of Intelligence”.

Experience a day of stimulating discussions at the highest level together with Nobel Laureates, the world’s leading scientists and experts, key opinion leaders and policy makers. By bridging science and society, it’s an opportunity to stimulate thinking, excite imagination and inspire greatness! More information to come at

As an SI alumnus you can apply to attend the event and get your travel and accommodation costs covered by the Swedish Institute! This year a maximum of 30 alumni will have the opportunity to attend.

Date: 9 December (In addition, SI will likely organise an alumni-NFGL mingle on 8 December and possibly other surrounding activities)

Venue: The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre “Svenska Mässan”, Gothenburg

Requirements and details:

  • Apply by filling out this form:
  • Application period: 5-18 October, 2015
  • This opportunity is open to SI alumni only. An SI alumnus is a former Swedish Institute scholarship holder, recipient of the Global Swede Award, participant of the Swedish Institute’s leadership programmes for Northern Europe and recipients of the Swedish Institutes Baltic Sea Unit grants.
  • Successful candidates get a guaranteed seat at the Nobel Week Dialogue, travel to and from Gothenburg and accommodation in Gothenburg. All other expenses must be covered by the alumnus.
  • A maximum of 30 Alumni will be awarded
  • Attendance at the Nobel Week Dialogue is free of charge, but the number of seats is limited. The Swedish Institute has reserved seats for SI alumni. Successful applicants will be registered directly by SI to the event organisers.
  • Assessment and selection of candidates: SI will make the selection based on the thematic focus, region, relevance and the motivation statement in the application. If you have already received support from SI earlier this year, your application may not be prioritized.
  • Successful candidates are insured against acute illness and accident during the stay in Sweden, through the Swedish State Group Insurance and Personal insurance by the Swedish Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency (Kammarkollegiet)
  • Successful candidates will be notified no later than 30 October.

After the event

We will ask you to send us a report, one page, no later than 2 weeks after your participation at to


Since we can only offer a limited number of seats, and out of respect to other applicants, we ask you to please check your work/study/research schedule carefully before registering to avoid scheduling conflicts and late cancellations. If you for some reason (illness etc.) are unable to attend the conference, the travel grant has to be returned to SI.

If you have any questions concerning this announcement, or the Swedish Institute Alumni Network in general, please contact SI at

The Nobel Week through the eyes of an SI Alumnus

The opportunity for SI Alumni to attend the Nobel Week Dialogue and other activities in Stockholm during the Nobel Week was announced earlier this year on the Alumni blog. Iryna Mikhnovets was one of the alumni that were chosen to attend the activities, and she also got a spot at the Nobel Night Cap and the joint SVT/BBC production “Nobel Minds”. Below you’ll find her story from the Nobel week: Read more » >>