|Founder||Government of Sweden|
|Product||Swedish cultural education|
The Swedish Institute (Swedish: Svenska Institutet, SI) is a Swedish government agency with the responsibility to spread information about Sweden outside the country. It exists to promote Swedish interests, and to organise exchanges with other countries in different areas of public life, in particular in the spheres of culture, education, and research.
The main office of the Swedish Institute is located in Gamla stan in central Stockholm. There is also a branch abroad; the Swedish Cultural Centre in Paris (French: Centre Culturel Suédois). The agency has approximately 90 members of staff and its board is appointed by the Government of Sweden.
In early 2007 the Swedish Institute stated it was planning to set up an "embassy", the "House of Sweden", in Second Life, an Internet-based virtual world. This virtual office is not intended to provide passports or visas, but serve as a point of information about Sweden.
Other Swedish embassies in foreign countries are under the direct authority and control of the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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