Swedish Institute Alexandria (SwedAlex)
The Swedish Institute Alexandria (SwedAlex) was established following an agreement between the governments of Sweden and Egypt in 1999.
It was inaugurated, on the 3rd of October 2000 by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Sweden and Egypt, Ms Anna Lindh, and Mr Amre Moussa. The Institute is housed in a building on the Corniche in the Eastern Port, which was established in 1922 and since 1925 has served as the Swedish Consulate and later also as a Seamen's institute. As part of the establishment of the Institute the building has undergone a comprehensive renovation.
The Swedish Institute Alexandria (SwedAlex) is an autonomous part of Sweden's Foreign Service. Its main goal is to promote dialogue between Europe and the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) in order to make Europeans and people in the region better understand each other. SwedAlex promotes sustainable political, economic and social development in the MENA region. It brings together people for dialogue in a wide range of topics. SwedAlex organizes seminars, conferences and workshops, giving participants of different strata an opportunity to meet.
Currently the focus of the institute’s activities is on human rights, democratic values and practices with as special attention to gender equality and representation of youth. During 2013 the Institute took on an actor’s role in order to reach out to a wider audience. The actor’s role chiefly concerns actively participating in the planning of major events that involve debates on current issues in the areas democracy and human rights, including the position of women in society.
Thinkers, philosophers, religious leaders, researchers, politicians, students, journalists and other experts meet at SwedAlex. Difference of opinions is considered an advantage but the discussions should be based on respect of the other and their views.