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UNESCO: United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization




  • © UNESCO/H‚kan LindGalerie
  • Drottningholm, Charles XI gallery of the castle (18th century)

Sweden joined UNESCO on January 23, 1950.

Sweden and UNESCO work together in a number of areas, especially in the field of education. In 2003, a Nordic Memorandum of Understanding was signed by UNESCO, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway, creating the framework for a new funding approach to Education for All capacity-building.

Around 30 Swedish schools are members of the UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network.

There are four UNESCO Chairs in Sweden, three of them related to education for sustainable development.

Fourteen Swedish natural and cultural properties are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Among them are the Varberg Radio Station at Grimeton in south-west Sweden, the only surviving example of a major transmitting station based on pre-electronic technology.

Sweden also works with UNESCO to lead projects on the media and press freedom. In January 2004, the Organization published a study on freedom of information laws, which examines best practice in 10 countries, including Sweden.

In May 2006 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, UNESCO and the Swedish International Development Agency organized a meeting to stimulate discussion between donor organizations and NGOs.

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