Still, in 2023, people tend to confuse Sweden with Switzerland. Not even the most educated and powerful people on earth can keep the two countries apart. Determined to end the confusion once and for all, Visit Sweden proposes actions in new campaign.
After decades of confusion, Sweden is tired of being mixed up with Switzerland. And Switzerland is probably just as tired of being mixed up with Sweden. Global travelers, global leaders, the New York Stock Exchange, and event organizers have all done it. Even if several attempts to keep the two countries apart have been made over the years, none have been successful enough to end the confusion.
Watch the proposition from Sweden to Switzerland here: https://youtu.be/0oNX_BHgi3c
“I know a lot of people from both Sweden and Switzerland have experienced the confusion. I certainly have. For example, a couple of months ago I was in New York, asking for directions to our New York office. But when I stepped into the lobby, I realized that I was at the Swiss General Consulate. Back out on the street, slightly embarrassed, I was even more convinced in this idea,” said Nils Persson, Chief Marketing Officer at Visit Sweden.
To end the confusion, Visit Sweden, the Swedish tourist board, is now reaching out to their European friend in a new campaign. The ambition is to make a clear distinction between the two countries by deciding who talks about what. The first draft of the official settlement between Sweden and Switzerland has been presented and Visit Sweden is hopeful to get it signed – but is open to discussions.
Sweden’s plea is simple: “We will be able to communicate things like sandbanks, rooftops, and silence. Meanwhile, Switzerland will focus on banks, mountain tops, and loud noises.” The campaign is developed together with Forsman & Bodenfors.
“Making Sweden stand out in the competitive world of tourism isn’t easy. And if people think that Sweden is the same country as Switzerland, that obviously makes it even harder. With this campaign, we can hopefully solve both these problems,” said Marcus Hägglöf, creative at Forsman & Bodenfors.
During the last years, Visit Sweden has developed a well-defined communication platform including brand strategy, communication strategy, and a brand concept together with Forsman & Bodenfors. This campaign is the result of the ongoing work to brand and market Sweden as a destination and is the first global activation launched under the long-term brand concept “A destination of a different nature”.
The full proposition from the campaign can be read and signed at https://visitsweden.com/sweden-not-switzerland/ and hopefully, in the future, tourists will know that they are visiting Sweden (and not Switzerland).