The Diplomatic Portal

Folk och Försvar Seminar

The Diplomatic Corps is invited to a seminar on the outcome of the Annual National Conference on security and defence policy, organized in Sälen 11-13 January 2015 by the association Folk och Försvar (Society and Defence). The seminar will focus on some of the more important issues discussed during the conference.

Date: Thursday 29 January at 14.00-15.45
Venue: Folk och Försvar, Lilla Nygatan 14, Stockholm

Please notify participation by e-mail to no later than Thursday 22 January

Swedish Government decides not to call extraordinary election

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven announced at a press conference on 27 December 2014 that the Government will not call an extraordinary election. This announcement comes against the backdrop of an agreement reached by the Social Democratic Party, the Moderate Party, the Green Party, the Centre Party, the Liberal Party and the Christian Democrats. The current Government, which is led by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, will remain in office.

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Christmas in Stockholm

Whether you enjoy a traditional or contemporary Christmas, Stockholm has something to offer you. Experience a Christmas market, have some glögg and ginger bread and go shopping under the beautiful Christmas decorations that light up the city every year. Here are some Christmas highlights in Stockholm.

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In Sweden, 24 December is the highlight of Christmas. Schoolchildren are on holiday, as well as most parents. After enjoying the abundant Christmas smorgasbord, everyone is waiting for that special knock on the door, which means that that Santa Claus has finally arrived with the presents.

Opening hours at the Protocol Department during the Christmas holidays

The Protocol Department at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs will be closed during the following days: Christmas Eve (24 December), Christmas Day (25 December), Boxing Day (26 December), New Year's Eve (31 December), New Year's Day (1 January) and Epiphany (6 January). On the Eve of Epiphany (5 January) the working hours are 8.00-12.00.

On other working days the Protocol Department will be open during ordinary working hours (8.00-16.30). However, between 22 December and 2 January the working staff will be reduced. The staff will return to ordinary schedules from Wednesday 7 January.

The Protocol Department would like to wish the Diplomatic Corps in Stockholm a Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for the New Year 2015.

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