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One of the Swedish authors in translation: Elisabeth Åsbrink. Foto: Eva Tedesjö

New record for Swedish Literature!

Looking back, 2017 was a record year for Swedish literature abroad. All in all, 257 Swedish books were granted financial support for translation into 48 languages. Never before have we supported so many translations of Swedish authors! We are delighted to see that the interest for Swedish literature remains high.

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Agneta Pleijel's novel Doften av en man

This year's Swedish Literature Awards

Some significant literaray prizes are awarded this spring. The 2018 Nordic Council Literature Prize is one of them. Author Agneta Pleijel and poet Gunnar D Hansson are Sweden's nominees.

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Translator Justyna Czechowska, photo: David Magen

Meet the translator

Translators are our most important resource for disseminating Swedish literature internationally. Translating other people’s books is lonely and demanding work that rarely gets the recognition it deserves. That is why we want to highlight their work in our new series “Translator of the Month”. First out is Justyna Czechowska; a literary scholar and translator from Swedish to Polish.

Read the interview

Sweden is Guest of Honour at the International Book Fair in Krakow

We are happy to announce that Sweden will be the guest of honour at the 22nd International Book Fair in Krakow, Poland’s largest publishing trade fair. The fair takes place 25-28 October 2018. Sweden’s participation, which will include authors, illustrators, books and talks, is organised by The Embassy of Sweden in Warsaw.

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Welcome to a new spring of Swedish literature!

The best of the latest Swedish Literature collected in one publication - New Swedish Books, produced by the Swedish Arts Council’s department for Swedish Literature Exchange.

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Göteborg Book Fair Fellowship

Translators, publishers and sub-agents with an interest in Swedish literature are now invited to apply for the Göteborg Book Fair Fellowship Programme 2018. The deadline for applications is April 5th.

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Meet us at the fair!

We travel the world to promote Swedish literature. This spring you will find us at the book fairs in Bologna 26-28 March, London 10-12 April and New York 30 May-1 June. Let's book a meeting or just stop by - we’d love to meet you!

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Don’t forget to apply for our international literature grants: Literature projects, translation grants, travel grants and more. These are the relevant deadlines and all information you need to know when applying.

See list of dates/deadlines

Photo: Lisa Hellrup

Happy Holidays!

The Swedish Literature Exchange office will be closed between December 25 and January 6. We look forward to seeing you in 2018! We will kick off the new year with our annual NordLit meeting in January. This time we will go to Reykjavik, Icleand.

Author Johannes Anyuru, photo: Khim Efraimsson

The August Prize - best Swedish books!

Who made the cut? The celebrated and prestigious August Prize for best Swedish books have had its annual award ceremony. Check out the winners of 2017!

Check out the winners

Coming up – 85 new translations of Swedish books!

The grant committee for translation grants for Swedish books have had their final meeting for 2017. They evaluated 123 applications this round, and could approve 85 of them. Among the approved titles we find Johannes Anyuru’s novel The Yard Rabbit, awarded with the August Prize 2017, Lina Wolff’s novel De polyglotta älskarna which won the August Prize last year, and Liv Strömquist’s widely successful graphic novel Kunskapens frukt.

Discover the complete list of approved titles

Authot Jenny Jägerfeld, photo: Hugo Thambert

Jenny Jägerfeld gets this year's Astrid Lindgren Prize

The author Jenny Jägerfeld recieved the Astrid Lindgren Prize 2017 for "creating great reading experiences for young readers". Congratulations!

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New Swedish Books

The Autumn issue of New Swedish Books is here! Check out which books the librarian, the author and the critic have chosen as their favourites of this autumn.

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Photo: Enrica Hallvarsson

The World in Sweden and Sweden in the World

For the second year running ‘Översättargruvan’  [The Translators’ Mine] was organized in Norberg, Västmanland. This year author Aris Fioretos took part, together with six translators of his novels, on the theme of ‘The World in Sweden and Sweden in the World’.

Read more about Översättargruvan

Results of Translation grants, 2nd application round 2017

The results of the 2nd application round for the applications for translation grants are now released. This time, the grant committee got 123 applications, and could approve 83 of those into 30 different languages. Fiction, children’s fiction and picturebooks are the most represented genres this time, with equal number of approved applications. To see which titles that were approved – please have a look at the enclosed document (click here).

Our first Editors’ Week in Stockholm

From the 16th to the 19th of May the Swedish Arts Council and Swedish Literature Exchange invited six international publishers to Stockholm to take part in our first ever Editors’ Week.

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Nordic translator seminar in Norwich

On the 4th and the 5th of May twenty or so translators from all the Nordic languages into English met at the Writers’ Centre Norwich, England, for a seminar arranged by the centre in collaboration with the Swedish Arts Council, Danish Arts Foundation, NORLA and FILI.

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Nordic participation at the Beijing International Book Fair 2017

On the 23rd – 27th August it’s time for China’s biggest book fair, Beijing International Book Fair. The Swedish Arts Council will be at the helm of the Nordic Pavilion at the fair, together with our Nordic colleagues Danish Arts Foundation, FILI and NORLA. We have offered the opportunity for Nordic publishers and agents to showcase their work in our booth and five Swedish agencies will be represented in Beijing in August. 


Sweden and the Nordic countries are eager to recognise their native authors through the awarding of literature prizes. The August Prize, the Nordic Council Literature Prize and the Catapult Award are only a few of the prizes that will be given out this year.

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We are looking forward to meeting you at the upcoming bookfairs in London and Bologna! Please don’t hesitate to stop by or contact us in advance for a meeting!

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Head of Swedish Literature Exchange
Susanne Bergström Larsson
Tel: +46 (0)8 519 264 83 

Translation grants
Susanne Bergström Larsson
Tel: +46 (0)8 519 264 83 

Grants for translators
Susanna Höijer
tel +46 (0)8 519 264 50

Grants for projects & events
Jan Kärrö
Tel: +46 (0)8 519 264 61

Editor website & publications
Andreas Åberg
Tel: +46 (0)8 519 264 84

Swedish Arts Council
PO Box 27215
SE-102 53 Stockholm



New Swedish Books
Spring 2017

New Swedish Books
Autumn 2017

New Swedish Books
Spring 2017

New Swedish Books
Autumn 2016

Swedish Poetry

Cover of New Swedish Books spring 2016.

New Swedish Books
Spring 2016

Cover: New Swedish Books autumn 2015. 

New Swedish Books
Autumn 2015

New Swedish Books
Spring 2015

Swedish Comics 

New Swedish Books
Autumn 2014

New Swedish Books
Spring 2014

New Swedish Books

New Swedish Books
for Young Readers

New Swedish Drama

Contemporary Swedish Illustrators

Contemporary Swedish Illustrators

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