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Swedish Institute

The Swedish Institute (Swedish: Svenska Institutet, SI) is a Government agency in Sweden with the responsibility to spread information about Sweden outside the country. It exists to promote Swedish interests, and to organise exchanges with other countries in different areas of public life, in particular in the spheres of culture, education, and research.[1]

Swedish Institute
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Office in Stockholm
FounderGovernment of Sweden
TypeCultural institution
Area served
ProductSwedish cultural education

The main office of the Swedish Institute is in Gamla stan in central Stockholm. There is also a branch abroad; the Swedish Cultural Centre in Paris (French: Centre Culturel Suédois). The agency has approximately 90 members of staff and its board is appointed by the Government of Sweden.

In early 2007 the Swedish Institute stated it was planning to set up an "embassy", the "House of Sweden", in Second Life, an Internet-based virtual world. This virtual office is not intended to provide passports or visas, but serve as a point of information about Sweden.[2]

Other Swedish embassies in foreign countries are under the direct authority and control of the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Twitter account @swedenEdit

The Swedish Institute is responsible for the Twitter account @sweden where a new "curator" is selected to tweet every week.

In 2017, SI blocked 14,000 Twitter accounts from interacting with @sweden. Among the blocked were journalists, authors, politicians, businessmen and ambassadors. When the block list was reported in the media, SI lifted the blocks and apologized. [3]

When media, with support from the constitutional Principle of Public Access, asked to review the list of blocked accounts the government agency deleted it.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Spotlight On: American Swedish Institute". CBS. Retrieved 2012-03-30.
  2. ^ Agence France-Presse (January 26, 2007). "Sweden to set up embassy in Second Life". Retrieved January 26, 2012.

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