3.4.3 European / international actors and programmes
The Ministry of Culture is responsible for coordinating international cooperation within cultural policy. It is also responsible for the cultural attachés at Swedish embassies. The Ministry of Education is responsible for the Swedish cooperation within the UNESCO and for the Swedish UNESCO Council. Much of the work with international cooperation also takes place within government agencies reporting to the Ministry of Culture. Regarding such work see chapter 3.4.2.
Much cooperation in the cultural sphere takes place within Nordic cooperation (More information can be found at the website of the Nordic Council http://www.norden.org/en).
EU membership has brought new perspectives and possibilities for international cultural co-operation through the Culture Programme, as well as helping to realise cultural projects on a regional level through EU-Structural Funds or on a transnational level through European Territorial Co-operation. Much of the work of the Swedish Cultural Contact Point currently focuses on increasing the number of Swedish applications for various grants made available by the EU for cultural endeavours.