3.4.4 Direct professional co-operation
There is an extensive tradition of international professional cooperation, particularly within the Nordic region, involving, in practice, all major Swedish cultural institutions, government agencies and major NGOs. International cooperation is also increasingly common on the regional and local levels, especially within the EU. EU funding also play an increasing role in local and regional cultural policy, although this role is still less developed than in most other European countries and Sweden receives relatively little EU funding for cultural projects.
Government measures are now being taken in order to further stimulate cultural institutions and professionals in Sweden to broaden their international scope. The International Artists Studio Programme in Sweden (IASPIS)offers artist in residence grants to visiting artists and supports artists from Sweden exhibiting abroad. Sweden is also an active member of The Organising Committee of Ars Baltica, which was founded in 1988 to enhance cultural exchange and co-operation among the countries of the Baltic Sea region.