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Helene Hellmark Knutsson in Capri

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Today, Tuesday 14 June, Minister for Higher Education and Research Helene Hellmark Knutsson is on the Italian island of Capri to visit the Swedish culture institute, Villa San Michele, and the Castello Barbarossa. The purpose of the visit is to gain deeper insight into the activities of the San Michele Foundation, and its importance for Swedish research in the humanities.

"One of the major tasks of the Swedish research institutes in the Mediterranean region is linked, in fact, to their location – in Athens, Istanbul, Rome and Capri. Not least the sharp increase in migration and its causes around the Mediterranean Sea increase the need for the Swedish research institutes in the Mediterranean region," says Ms Hellmark Knutsson.

The San Michele Foundation was founded in 1950. The aim was to administer the property donated to the Swedish State by writer and doctor Axel Munthe. Villa San Michele, located on the island of Capri in Italy, acts as a guest house for scholarship recipients, and aims to promote cultural links between Sweden and Italy. Staffan de Mistura is the current director of the San Michele Foundation.

"Staffan de Mistura's different roles as UN Special Envoy to Syria and director of the San Michele Foundation are, in many ways, two sides of the same coin. On the one hand, a task to create peace and stability in the catastrophic situation in Syria, and on the other hand, a task to seek cultural understanding and promote humanistic values in the long term through the activities at Villa San Michele," says Ms Hellmark Knutsson.

Programme Tuesday

  • A guided tour of Villa San Michele and its garden.
  • Lunch with Mayor of Anacapri Francesco Cerrotta, university representatives, and others.
  • A walk up to the ornithological station at the Castello Barbarossa.

Press contact

Maria Soläng
Press Secretary to Minister for Higher Education and Research Helene Hellmark Knutsson
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00