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Svenskt Tenn honoured with government export award

Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Johan Forssell presented the government's export award for the cultural and creative industries 2023 last week. The export award has been presented since 2017 and is selected by a jury consisting of representatives active in the cultural and creative industries. The award went to Svenskt Tenn, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. This year's rising star was Hanna Hansdotter, one of the most interesting and innovative glass artists of our time.

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The cultural and creative industries are a crucial foundational sector for Sweden, significantly contributing to putting our country on the global map. Svenskt Tenn stands out as one of Sweden's most iconic brands. The company exemplifies how economic growth and creativity can go hand in hand, while simultaneously building Sweden's international reputation, stated Minister for Development and Foreign Trade Johan Forssell.

The government's export award for the cultural and creative industries aims to highlight efforts in Swedish export and promote Sweden as an innovative and creative nation. This award is granted to an individual or entity that sets an exceptional example in their field, thereby contributing to Swedish exports and enhancing Sweden's visibility abroad.

"At 100 years old, you might expect recognition for long and faithful service. Instead, with the government's export award, we receive a boost for the future," said Maria Veerasamy, CEO of Svenskt Tenn.

This year's award, in addition to the honour and diploma, includes participation in the delegation to the World Expo 2025 in Osaka.

Other nominees for the award included Liv Strömquist, premier Weber Shandwick, Toteme, and Virpi Pahkinen.

Hanna Hansdotter was named Upstitcher of the Year.

"Hanna Hansdotter has garnered attention both nationally and internationally, receiving several prestigious awards and grants. Sweden needs entrepreneurs and artists like her. They reinforce Sweden's image as an innovative and creative country," said Minister for Development and Foreign Trade Johan Forssell.

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