Sweden Film & Photography Production Services
Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in Sweden? We have fully vetted, locally based fixers, service producers, directors, DP’s, videographers, cameramen, photographers, sound operators, production drivers, and a range of other film crew. Contact us for referrals, questions, cost estimates and references.
Want to know more about shooting in Sweden? See below for an introduction to Sweden locations, permits, when to shoot, costs, talent, crews, equipment, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits, film friendly hotels, transport, communications and safety advice.
Sweden Film Locations
Sweden is known for its coastal islands, inland lakes, vast boreal forests, glacial mountains, and Scandinavian design. The country has hosted films including Borg vs. McEnroe, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Into the White, and Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia. Sweden is divided into three geographic regions:
Swedish Lapland is famous for its Arctic tundra wilderness of mountains, forests, glacial rivers and lakes. Norrland experiences the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) and Midnight Sun. Manmade locations of interest include the town of Kiruna, Gammelstad Church Village. Norrland also has interesting accommodation options such as the Ice Hotel and Tree Hotel. Åre is a ski resort in Jämtland. National Parks of note include Abisko, Björnlandet, Hamra, Haparanda Archipelago, Muddus, Padjelanta, Pieljekaise, Sånfjället, Sarek, Stora Sjöfallets, Skuleskogen, and Vadvetjåkka. Wildlife to look out for include elk, lynx, wolverine and the endangered Arctic fox.
Stockholm is Sweden’s main production centre for crew, equipment and talent. Film locations of interest in Stockholm include Gamla Stan (old town), Royal Palace, Riddarholmen Church, Stockholm City Hall, Royal National City Park, SkyView Globe, trendy Östermalm district, busy waterways, and modern architecture. Stockholm museums of note include Skansen outdoor museum, ABBA Museum, and Vasa Museum. Just outside of Stockholm you can find Drottningholm Palace, Gripsholm Castle, and Sigtuna. Märket Island is an interesting lighthouse island location with the Swedish / Finnish border running through the middle. Uppsala is a city near Stockholm known for Uppsala Cathedral, Uppsala Castle, and Skokloster Castle. Svealand’s national Parks of note include Ängsö, Färnebofjärden, Fulufjället, Garphyttan, Töfsingdalen, and Tyresta. Stockholm Arlanda Airport is home to the Jumbo Hostel, a decommissioned 747-200 jetliner.
Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden. Locations of note include the Haga district, Liseberg amusement park, Gothenburg Botanical Garden, Horticultural Society, Feskekörka market hall, Volvo Museum, Gunnebo House, Gothenburg Archipelago, Vinga lighthouse. Outside of Gothenburg, Götaland locations of particular interest to filmmakers and photographers include Bohuslän Coast glaciers and rock carvings, Gotland Island paths and beaches, Göta Canal, Oresund Bridge in Malmo, beautiful car commercial roads, Lund Cathedral, Kalmar Castle, Foteviken Viking era re-enactment village, and Visby medieval city. National parks of note include Blå Jungfrun, Dalby Söderskog, Djurö, Gotska Sandön, Kosterhavet, Norra Kvill, Söderåsen, Stenshuvud, Store Mosse, Tiveden, and Tresticklan. Helsingborg is home to the Museum of Failure.
Sweden Film Location Permits
Filming b-roll in Stockholm does not require permits as long as you are not asserting exclusive use of public space or interfering with trade. More complicated shoots that require street closures, laying track, large lights and builds, police assistance, use of weapon and pyrotechnics, or aerial filming can take up to 4 weeks to permit so allow plenty of lead time. Smaller shoots take about 5 days to permit. Our fixer / service producer can help clear a location for copyright permission, if required. Please contact us for location specific information.
When To Shoot?
Sweden has bitterly cold winters especially farther north. Summers have long daylight hours and can be hot in the south. July and August are the best months to film warm, sunny weather. Above the Arctic Circle, the midnight sun can be seen between mid-May and mid-June. The best time for filming the Aurora Borealis is between September and March. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
Sweden is home to several interesting events including Midsommarafton (June), Malmo Festival (August), Julmarknad Christmas Market ( November / December), and the Nobel Prize Awards (December).
Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Sweden.
Costs & Tax Incentives
Costs. Sweden is a relatively expensive place to shoot. In particular, Stockholm hotels and restaurants are very expensive by world standards. Sweden trades in the Swedish Krona. Our Swedish service producer / fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget. See here for the current VAT rate.
Tax Incentives. At present there are no tax incentives for foreign commercials or films shooting in Sweden.
Film Crew & Talent
Crews. Sweden has a small but very professional pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Local crews are of the highest international standard. Sweden has a good depth of key and support crew that speak fluent English.
Contact us if you are looking for a Stockholm based director, DP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, or any other film crew for your shoot in Sweden.
Talent is non-union and buyouts are negotiable. Sweden offers mainly Nordic looks. The Sami reindeer herding people are an indigenous people living in Lapland. Sweden also has sizable communities from Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean. All other talent looks are best brought in from abroad. Contact us for casting company recommendations in Sweden.
Sweden Film Equipment
Sweden has a range of digital and film camera options, camera cars and mounts, Steadicam, and a good depth of lighting and grip equipment. Some specialized equipment may need to be brought in from abroad. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Sweden is an ATA carnet country.
In terms of communications, Sweden has one of the fastest internet speeds in the world.
Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production
Art department and set construction is of a very high standard. Set construction is on the expensive side.
Studios and backlots. Sweden offers a variety of facilities accommodating a range of productions. Contact us for studio recommendations that best suit your project.
Post Production. Sweden offers a very high standard of post production facilities. Contact us for recommendations.
Visas & Work Permits
Sweden is a member of the Schengen Area. Crews travelling on US passports can enter Sweden visa-free for stays of up to 90 days. Work permits are not required to film in Sweden.
Transport & Accommodation
Transportation Infrastructure. Roads are up to international standards. Sweden also has an extensive rail and airport network. Several international and budget airlines service flights to Sweden.
Accommodation. Contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Stockholm. For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.
Safety. Sweden is a very safe place for foreign productions to visit. See here for up to date travel advice.
Projects. For an example of TV commercials, stills campaigns, online content, corporate videos, virtual reality 360 content, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot in Sweden, please see below:
Hire Sweden Production Support & Shooting Crew
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If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Sweden, such as a director, DoP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, please contact us.
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