Malmö has a number of international contacts, partnerships and networks in the international arena. Maintaining a good relationship with the outside world is therefore of great importance. It creates dynamism and paves the way for the exchange of ideas as well as the exchange of expertise and development.
A plan and strategy for Malmö's international work was accepted by the City Council and the municipal government in 2006, with an update of the strategy in 2009. In November 2016 a new policy was accepted. The policy is a municipality-wide policy document, which aims to create a common platform for the international work. The policy also clarifies how the international work should be conducted and provides a basis for setting priorities. Accordingly, it is the EU network within the City of Malmö that is setting the focus of the international work throughout an action plan.