House of Sweden

House of Sweden in Washington D.C. is now established as a unique meeting place in the United States for the promotion of Swedish political, cultural, business and research interests.

House of Sweden

This is the first time a 'Sweden House' has been built abroad under the auspices of the Government, bringing the Swedish Embassy and Swedish business together under one roof. Apart from the Swedish Embassy, House of Sweden contains 19 corporate apartments and an Event Center. The building has an exclusive location in the old district of Georgetown by the Potomac River.

In House of Sweden, the architects (Gert Wingårdh and Tomas Hansen) combine openness and transparency. The building fosters a positive atmosphere and a foundation for creative cooperation between Sweden and the United States. In November 2007, House of Sweden won the Kasper Salin Prize for best building. The Washington Post named the meeting place Venue of the Year in 2008.

Extensive programme of activities

The programme of activities at House of Sweden is the most extensive promotion and public diplomacy project ever undertaken by a Swedish mission abroad. Over 100 000 people have visited House of Sweden since it opened in autumn 2006.

The current programme theme is Health & Care. The next theme, Shaping Tomorrow's World - Infrastructure & Mobility, will open in the autumn.

Previous themes:

  • Sweden's Presidency of the European Union (autumn 2009)
  • Living Green (spring 2009)
  • Voices in a Changing World (autumn 2008)
  • Discover Sweden (April - June 2008)
  • Innovation & Technology (January - March 2008)
  • Children First! (September - November 2007)
  • Water & Environment (April - July 2007)
  • Cars & Transportation (January - March 2007)
  • Architecture & Design (October - December 2006)

Building facts

Total area: 7 500 m2 over 5 floors
Architects: Gert Wingårdh and Tomas Hansen, Wingårdh Arkitektkontor
Artwork: Ingegerd Råman, Swedish subcontractors
Building cost: SEK 482 million