Cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region shall contribute to the overall objectives of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region; Save the Sea, Connect the Region, Increase Prosperity. The Swedish Institute’s activities will also contribute to strengthened democracy, increased respect for human rights and a more developed rule of law in the Eastern Partnership. Furthermore, the cooperation will contribute to increased integration between the EU countries of the Baltic Sea Region and the countries of the EU’s Eastern Partnership and Russia.

The operations may include Sweden, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Georgia, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. Some operations can also include Denmark, Finland and Germany.

The Swedish Institute finances exchanges and partnerships for both individuals and organizations. Through scholarships, visiting and leadership programmes and support for project collaboration, the Swedish Institute contributes to increased capacity, networking, long-term relationships and cooperation between Sweden and other countries in the Baltic Sea Region. All activities will help the countries jointly meet common challenges in line with the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and the EU Eastern Partnership.

We work with:

  • Support for individual travels relating to studies, research, internships and expert visits in Sweden, Russia and the EU Eastern Partnership
  • Visiting- and leadership programmes for decision makers and opinion makers to contribute to increased capacity and to create conditions for new initiatives, collaborations and partnerships.
  • Project support to meet common challenges in the region and to promote democracy, human rights and freedom of expression.
  • Communication and events aimed at increasing exchanges and dialogue between actors in the region.
  • The Swedish Institute also has the task of leading and coordinating the horizontal area HA Capacity within the framework of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR), together with the Nordic Association and the Baltic Sea Cities.