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About sweden.se

This website is an official source for facts about Sweden. It is publicly funded and produced, developed, maintained and operated by the Swedish Institute (SI). SI is a public agency that promotes interest and trust in Sweden around the world. SI seeks to establish cooperation and lasting relations with other countries through strategic communication and exchange in the fields of culture, education, science and business.

This site was built with WordPress, a free and open-source publishing platform, and it was developed in close cooperation with digital design agency Söderhavet and technical web agencies Fröjd and 24HR.

Sweden is also present on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The sweden.se team is based at SI. Contact us at si@si.se.

More contact information at sweden.se/contact-us.

SI’s activities are governed by an annual government directive (only in Swedish), so-called appropriation directions.

Accessibility statement

This website is run by the Swedish Institute. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website, and this document describes how sweden.se complies with the accessibility regulations, any known accessibility issues and how you can report problems so that we can fix them.

How accessible is sweden.se?

We are aware that some parts of this website aren’t fully accessible. See the section on non-accessible content below for more information.

How we tested this website

We perform continuous internal and external testing of sweden.se. The last assessment was made on 20 April 2020.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

This website is mainly compliant with the Swedish accessibility regulations (link in Swedish) and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 level AA. Non-compliant content is listed below.

General issues

– All HTML does not validate; for example, there are some heading elements that are missing a value. We are currently working on fixing this for future updates.
– Some moving content (background videos) starts automatically and there is no mechanism for the user to pause or stop it other than scrolling past it. We are currently working on fixing this for future updates.
– The main navigation is not visually consistent on all web pages. We are currently working on fixing this for future updates.
– Some external systems obtained for sweden.se are non-compliant with the accessibility requirements. We are currently working on fixing this for future updates.

Issues with usage without vision (blindness)

– There are headlines with incorrect nesting. We are currently working on fixing this for future updates.
– Some elements are missing Information, structure and relationships. We are currently working on fixing this for future updates.
– Some labels are missing (for links and elements). We are currently working on fixing this for future updates.
– There is no mechanism to bypass blocks of content that are repeated on multiple pages. We are currently working on fixing this for future updates.
– There are no alternatives (i.e. sound or text) for some video content. We are currently working on fixing this for future updates.

Issues with usage with visual impairment (including colour blindness)

– Some visual presentation of text does not meet the criteria of minimum contrast. We are currently working on fixing this for future updates.
– Hyperlinks in text only use colour as a visual cue (making them difficult to distinguish from the rest of the text). We are currently working on fixing this for future updates.
– Some decorative images are implemented in a way that indicates that they are informative. We are currently working on fixing this for future updates.

Issues with usage with physical impairment

– The menu is sometimes not operable through a keyboard interface (it does not expand). We are currently working on fixing this for future updates.
– Some elements are missing focus indicators. We are currently working on fixing this for future updates.
– There is no mechanism to bypass blocks of content that are repeated on multiple pages. We are currently working on fixing this for future updates.

What to do if you can’t access parts of this website?

If you need content from this website that is not accessible to you, but is not within the scope of the accessibility regulations as described above, please contact us and tell us:

– the web address (URL) of the content
– your name and email address
– the format you need.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems that aren’t listed on this page or if we fail to meet the requirements of the accessibility regulations, contact us and let us know about the problem.

Enforcement procedure

The Agency for Digital Government is responsible for enforcing the accessibility regulations. If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Agency for Digital Government to lodge a complaint.

The statement was last updated on 19 August 2020.

Cookies

This website uses cookies. Our aim is to give you the best possible experience and to help you learn more about Sweden. To achieve this, we use cookies and similar technologies. We want to be as transparent as possible with what data we store about you. Please read our privacy policy and this page for more information.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small text file stored on your computer, tablet, smartphone or similar device. It contains information on your browser activity. Some cookies are necessary to help our website work properly and can’t be switched off, and some are optional but are useful to the Swedish Institute and your experience in other ways.

How do we use cookies?

For instance, the Swedish Institute and third-party services use information about our website visitors, their online interactions with us and their devices to provide, analyse and improve our services.

What types of cookies do we use?

We use the following different types of cookies:

Essential

Essential cookies are necessary for you to browse our website and use its features. We are using cookies to remember your consent. This type of cookie is activated by default and you can only deactivate it by turning off cookies in your browser.

Statistics and analytics

Analytical cookies are used to measure how often our website is visited and how it is used. We use this information to get a better sense of where our users come from and how they interact with our content. For this, we use third-party cookies, the Google Analytics Cookies. These cookies are activated by default for us to see from where our users come to our site. We use IP anonymisation, and you can deactivate these cookies at any time.

Our cookies in detail

Google Analytics

Our website has integrated the web analytics service Google Analytics (with anonymisation function) from Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043-1351, United States.

Among other things, Google Analytics collects data on which website a visitor has come to a website from (so-called referrers), which pages of the website were visited and how often, as well as for which period a subpage was viewed. A web analysis is mainly used to optimise a website and for the cost benefit analysis of digital advertising.

Google Analytics uses different cookies. The information generated by these cookies about the use of this website is usually transmitted to a Google server in the US and stored there. Google might transfer the personal information collected via this technical procedure to third parties.

As IP anonymisation is activated on our website, your IP address will be shortened by Google as soon as technically possible. Only in exceptional cases, the full IP address is sent to and shortened by a Google server in the US. On behalf of the operator of the website, Google will use this information to evaluate the use of the website, compile reports on website activity and provide further services related to website and internet use to us. The IP address transferred through your browser to Google Analytics will not be combined with other data held by Google.

Our website also uses Google Analytics performance reports relating to demographics and interests and reports on Google Display Network impressions.

You can prevent the collection of the data generated by Google as well as the processing of it by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

Privacy policy

The Swedish Institute’s privacy policy can be found at si.se.

All materials contained on this website may be reproduced, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast, as long as it is for non-commercial purposes.

Photos may not be re-used in any context. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. The Sweden logo and brand are protected. Copyright Swedish Institute. All rights reserved.

All Swedish Institute publications are available through Sharing Sweden. For specified purposes you can also contact the nearest Swedish embassy for free copies. Please go to swedenabroad.com for a list of addresses and phone numbers.

Disclaimer

The material on sweden.se is supplied by a large number of public content providers, as well as private, independent enterprises. Each organisation is fully responsible for its information published on sweden.se.

The opinions, quotes and expressions, choices and priorities – including possible omissions – do not necessarily reflect the official policies and opinions of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs or the Swedish government.

The website sweden.se assumes no liability or guarantee for the topicality, correctness and completeness of the information and data presented.

Although every care is taken to provide links to suitable material from this website, the nature of the internet prevents us from guaranteeing the suitability, completeness or accuracy of any of the material that this website may be linked to. The Swedish Institute does not take responsibility for mistakes or omissions in the web material carried under sweden.se, whatever the reason for them. In addition, sweden.se is not liable for direct or indirect damages, including lost profits that could be incurred as a result of the use of the information or data found on this website. The use of this information does not entail any rights or obligations between sweden.se and the user of this website or third parties.

This also applies to all the other websites cited either directly or indirectly that are referred to in a link. The website sweden.se is in no way responsible for the contents of the websites accessed by these links or for the way in which they maintain data protection.

The Swedish Institute reserves the right to alter or remove any information published on the website at any time without prior notification.

Code of conduct for social media

Feel free to visit our social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and feel free to comment when you’re there. And please help us keep discussions on a serious and inclusive level by following the rules below.

The following is not permitted:

– foul language
– commercial messages, spam or misleading information
– threats, harassment, personal attacks or defamation
– links to the above-stated materials
– pretending to be someone you are not, for example, by using someone else’s name, or assuming several identities in a discussion.

Please note that our comments sections are not for dating or intimate proposals.

The comments function is provided and monitored according to the Swedish Bulletin Board Systems Act (BBS). The act entails that the Swedish Institute must continuously remove posts that contain inciteful language, hate speech, child pornography, depictions of violence, or copyright-infringing material. In Sweden hate speech means threatening or insulting a group of people on the basis of race, skin colour, national or ethnic origin, faith or sexual orientation. Any individual who posts something that violates applicable law may be held personally liable.

Links may be used to provide additional information or source references to posts, but other visitors should not need to follow the link to understand what the post is about. In other words, pure link posting is not permitted.

If you have any views or comments on the moderation of this page, you can send them to the Swedish Institute’s email address.

Comments that violate any of these rules may be deleted. Commenters who continuously violate these rules may be blocked.

Please note that comments that are posted on facebook.com/sweden.se, instagram.com/swedense or twitter.com/swedense are open to the public. In fact, all correspondence with a Swedish public authority is open to the public, which means that anyone, including the mass media, has the right to read it. This is stated in the Swedish principle of public access to information.