Welcome to Sweden

You are invited to a need driven collaboration with Sweden on the challenges “Sustainable Mobility as a Service” and “Sustainable local energy systems”. The visitors’ programme will bring together international experts from the sustainable cities field with an interest in innovation, technology and digitalisation, to collaborate on the development of innovative solutions that meet the future of energy and mobility. 


  • Governmental agencies
  • Innovation environments
  • City representatives
  • Large corporations


  • Define city specific challenges and needs
  • Focus on sustainable mobility as a service and sustainable local energy systems
  • Explore how existing urban areas and urban extensions can be developed in a way that reduce energy consumption and integrate solar energy and smart grids
  • Plan for future collaboration based on mutually identified challenges and needs

The programme may be submitted to some changes. 

Video from previous visitors' programme below.

About the Expert Visitors' Programme

The Swedish Institute is conducting a series of visitors’ programmes in 2017 on the themes of innovation and entrepreneurshippublic-private partnershipstechnology and digitalisation, and energy and mobility. The aims of these programmes are to boost the participation of Sweden, Swedish enterprises, innovations and entrepreneurs in the global economy, in line with Sweden’s export strategy.

The visitors’ programme will include meetings with Swedish government bodies, organisations and companies active in the energy and mobility sectors as well as inspiring talks and opportunities to network and collaboratively work on developing innovative solutions related to the global challenges of future of energy and mobility.  The main goal is to achieve 100% renewable energy production, fossil free transportation and increased energy efficiency to enhance urban resilience and mitigate climate change. 

For more information about the programme contact ziba.zareie@si.se 

Who are invited?

Representatives responsible for sustainable planning and investment in progressive cities, regions, nations and companies. Primarily the nominations will be done by the Swedish Embassies, Business Sweden and UN Habitat in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico and South Africa.

About A Challenge from Sweden

Sweden has committed to a long-term goal of eliminating carbon emissions within its borders, and has designated the Swedish Energy Agency as the coordinating agency in energy supply and the transportation sector. The platform “A Challenge from Sweden” has been co-developed with Swedish Incubators & Science Parks, bringing together committed stakeholders to solve key challenges such as sustainable mobility as a service and sustainable local energy systems. 

"Gather a group of buyers, give the need definition the appropriate amount of time, reach out globally, and make it easy for solution providers to participate." Charlotte Lejon, Head of Commercialization and Entrepreneurship at the Swedish Energy Agency.

Sweden’s strong and long-term commitment to global sustainability goals provides a strong foundation for collaboration with other countries. Starting in October 2017, The Swedish Energy Agency will work with UN-Habitat, the UN programme for sustainable cities, to carry out a feasibility study focusing on urban sustainability connected to the platform’s challenges, drawing on Agenda 2030 and the New Urban Agenda.

Selection process 
By registering here you will be on the nomination list for the programme. The number of attendees is limited to 18 people, and the final selection is made by the Swedish Institute. Last day for registration is 27 October. Selected participants will be notified on 1 November if they are eligible to attend the programme.

Costs for participating

The Swedish Institute covers costs for all meeting-related transportation in Sweden, accommodation for the duration of the programme, and meals included in the programme. The participants will also be insured against acute illness and accident during their stay in Sweden. 

Please note that no per diem will be paid, nor will SI cover costs associated with the visa application, travel costs to and from Sweden or local travel in the participants’ own country.


Organised by

Swedish Institute

The Swedish Institute is a public agency with a staff of approximately 140 employees, with offices in Stockholm and Paris. Our commitment is to gain knowledge and understanding of different cultures, their people, and to promote Sweden and Swedish issues globally.

Swedish Incubators & Science Parks

Representing 77 Swedish innovation hubs hosting over 5000 companies and 72000 employees, Swedish Incubators & Science Parks is developing the world’s most efficient innovation ecosystem. Nonprofit, nonpartisan, full speed.

Swedish Energy Agency

The Swedish Energy Agency works for a sustainable energy system. The Agency supports research, commercialization and growth for new and renewable energy technologies, smart grids, and vehicles and transport fuels of the future.

UN Habitat

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), is the United Nations agency for sustainable urban development. It is mandated to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities while advocating adequate shelter for all. It is the focal point for sustainable urbanisation and local governments within the UN system and responsible for the implementation, follow-up and review of the New Urban Agenda.

The Forum for Swedish Smart Grids

The Forum for Swedish Smart grid is a national forum appointed by the Swedish Ministry of the Environment and Energy. The mission is to implement the action plan to further develop knowledge and to support Swedish export within smart grids.

Business Sweden

Business Sweden’s purpose is to help Swedish companies reach their full international potential and foreign companies to invest and expand in Sweden. Business Sweden is owned by the Swedish Government and the industry.