By showcasing Ireland's rich cultural heritage, we can reap long-term and positive benefits for Ireland's reputation and its relationship with the people of Sweden. We can also work to connect people with their Irish heritage.
Ireland's culture is a unique national strength and a source of particularly strong links between Sweden and Ireland. It's one of our greatest competitive advantages, acting as a "door opener" that converts into jobs, trade, investment and tourism. It’s also our most effective way of connecting with the Irish community.
We're involved in a range of cultural activities, which raise awareness of Ireland and also enhance our ties with Sweden. We support a number of cultural initiatives throughout the year, through collaboration with other groups in, for example, traditional music. One highlight for 2014 was a commemorative event for Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney which took place in the Nobel Museum in March. We are very proud that four Irish writers have received the Nobel Prize for literature.
Over the years, generations of Irish people have made invaluable contributions to all aspects of life in their new homes, in politics, the arts, business and sport. Their patriotism coexists with the contribution they have made in their new communities. A list of Irish societies can be found under the New to Sweden section.
Learn more about our engagement with Irish communities abroad:
• the Emigrant Support Programme
• the Global Irish Network
• the Presidential Distinguished Service Awards
If you want to learn more about Ireland, you can read Ireland in Brief.
Some 70 million people around the world claim Irish roots. If you are one of them, there are a number of ways you can celebrate your heritage and discover more about where you come from.
We are committed to strengthening our relationship with the Irish people and people of Irish descent worldwide and to promoting what is best about our country.
In working together, we will ensure the continued respect and admiration in which Irish people and our culture are held worldwide.