Permission to film
There is no Film permission required to film in public spaces in Stockholm if you are a small crew using a handheld camera and your filming will not cause any obstruction. But when you are using heavy equipment like dolly tracks, lights or causing obstruction you need to apply for a Film Permit from the Police. The Police is the authority in Sweden that handles and issues film permits.
Here is a guide on how to apply for permits. The guide is in Swedish. To apply for permits you will need to be fluent in Swedish. Our advice is to hire a local location manager or other consultant. We are happy to help you find one.
If you plan to film in the Stockholm area it is advised that you give Stockholm Film Commission a notice in advance. We can help with permits, local contacts and local guidance. Even if you do not need any permits or advice we would like an email with a short description of your project and the location(s). This is of large help if the Commission is contacted by the Police or the public and will help you film smoothly.
Public places exceptions:
Some public areas in Stockholm are managed or owned by authorities other than Stockholm city council and you always need to contact them. Some examples:
- Stockholm’s harbor – all areas next to the water are managed by Stockholm’s hamnar
- Filming on water – permits issued by Länsstyrelsen
- Skeppsholmen and Riddarholmen – managed by Statens Fastighetsverk
- Stockholm Underground – managed by MTR
- Royal Djurgården and Royal Parks – owned and managed by the Royal House
Working with a Swedish crew
Swedish crews speak fluent English and often a second foreign language. Sweden has seen an influx of international co-productions in recent years and some Swedish film sets are run in English.
Swedish film crews are known as reliable, committed, flexible and well organized. Swedish crews have a high work ethic. In Sweden in general, punctuality is very much appreciated both for business and for social occasions. You will find that Swedes arrive for appointments on time, and often a few minutes early, “if you are on time you are already late” as the saying goes…
In general, the Swedish film industry is very budget-conscious: With a population of just 10 million, domestic film budgets are small. As a positive consequence production crews, VFX and post-production teams are extremely efficient and creative.
For advise on rates and rate cards, please contact the Stockholm Film Commission at email@example.com
Finding production and service companies
For a list of production companies, please visit filmtvp.se/english/members
For other production service companies, fixers, scouts and so on please contact the Film Commission.
Stockholm Film Commission service
- We provide free assistance on film regulations, logistics, equipment, crew and contact with local authorities. We can also give you an overview of potential co-producers or production service companies
- The Film Commission works with directors, production designers, producers, and location scouts in Sweden as well as worldwide
- We offer guidance and help for location scouting for international productions
- A confidential service is highly valued to all potential productions
- The Stockholm Film Commission is collaborating closely with other international film commissions though memberships in Nordic Film Commission and European Film Commissions Network
- We are also a proud founding partner in the nordicfilmcommissions.com alliance. A networking group with film commissioners in Norway, Iceland, Finland and Denmark
Since January 2021 you are generally allowed to film with drones without any permit with the following restrictions:
- Drones weight should not exceed 25 kilos
- The operator needs a license to operate the drone
- The operator needs to be registered at Swedish Transport Agency, Transportstyrelsen.
- The drone needs to comply with the regulations of marking the drone
- ..and you must fly below 120m, within sight of the operator and not endanger anyone or anything.
You shoul also always check local restrictions such as:
- If you fly within the controlled air zone Bromma there is a maximum altitude of50 m
- You can fly up to 120 meters in Stockholm only when Bromma city airport is closed. Check air traffic here: www.swedavia.com/bromma/about-the-airport/#gref
- Never fly closer than 5 km from an airport runway or 1 km from a helicopter-landing platform or in any restriction areas. For exact positions please see daim.lfv.se/echarts/dronechart/
Please feel free to contact the Stockholm Film Commission if you are looking for professional drone operators or aerial filming services.
Regulations in Swedish: https://www.transportstyrelsen.se/dronare
Unfortunately we are one of the few countries in Europe that do not have any production incentives in place yet. But the government is working with the issue and hopefully Sweden will have them in place in a near future.
What we can offer to foreign producers though is access to our national or regional film funds if they co-produce with a Swedish producer.
It works this way
We have the national film fund where you need to have a Swedish producer as your co-producer for your project. That producer is the only one who then can apply for funds from the national film fund. See www.sfi.se/en-GB/English/funding
From the regional film funds you can apply for smaller developing funds directly. You can also apply for top financing for your project when you already have most of your financing in place. The regional film fund will then act as an investor in your project and will expect to get money back when your finished film is being sold and distributed.
The film fund we represent is the film based in the larger region of Stockholm and it is advisable but not necessary that your project have some ties to our region. The Stockholm film fund is under reconstruction. Information will be updated soon. For more information please contact us.
Also, when your Swedish co-producer has funding in place from at least two of the Scandinavian countries national film funds, your Swedish co-producer can apply for funds from The Nordic Film And TV Fund.
When two or more European countries are involved in the funding of a film you can apply for funding from the Eurimage program.
Weather and light
Stockholm has a maritime-influenced climate, which means that we enjoy warm summers and cold winters. But the temperature is in fact very mild for it’s latitude – Stockholm has the warmest July months out of the Nordic capitals and has an annual average snow cover for between 75 and 100 days. Due to the city’s high northerly latitude, the length of the days varies widely, from more than 18 hours long around midsummer to around 6 hours long in late December. The nights from late May until mid July are bright even when cloudy.
Stockholm has a relatively mild weather compared to other locations at similar altitude, or even further south. With an average of just over 1800 hours of sunshine per year, it is also one of the sunniest cities in northern Europe, receiving more sunshine than Paris, London and a few other major European cities on latitudes south of Stockholm.
Read more about Stockholm’s weather and light here.
Facts and figures about Stockholm
- The region of Stockholm has a population of 2,3 million people
- The Swedish currency is SEK (Svenska krona)
- Stockholms largest airport is Arlanda. It is located 41 kilometers outside of the city central and it takes approximately 30 minutes to get there by car
- The Stockholm metro has 7 lines and over 100 stations: 53 are above ground, 47 are located under ground
- Stockholm sits on 14 islands that are connected by 57 bridges, and the water is so clean you can drink it, swim in it and even fish in it
- Stockholm is the second most visited city in the Nordic countries