The national objectives state that the cultural policy is to promote international and intercultural exchange and cooperation in the cultural sphere. The development of Swedish cultural life is dependent on international collaborations and influences from abroad. The cultural policy has in many ways, through different achievements, stimulated the internationalization of Swedish cultural life. For example - all governmental institutions that allocate funding to artists have international and intercultural perspectives as an integral part of their tasks. There are numerous support systems for international cultural exchange for artists and independent groups based in Sweden.
* Residencies for Swedish artists abroad (visual arts, dance, music etc.) in several countries including the United States, China, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, India, Serbia, South Africa. They are administered by the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.
* Support for art projects abroad, travel grants, touring, research trips and international co-operation etc., administered by the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, the Swedish Arts Council, the Swedish Performing Arts Agency and the Swedish Authors' Fund.
* A general focus on internationalization by the government and the Ministry of Culture
Artists acts in an international arena. The opportunity to exchange experiences and to exhibit their art on the international stage is important for the artistic development.
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Swedish Arts Grants Committee
Swedish Arts Council
Swedish Performing Arts Agency
Swedish Authors’ Fund
That the international exchange is of great importance for the artists