The Diplomatic Portal

Easter

Next week (21-26 April) the schools in Stockholm are closed for Easter holiday ("Påsklov" in Swedish). Many parents take the week off, therefore you might find that your usual interlocutors are out of town.
For your information, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs will have limited working hours during Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Monday.

The Swedish electoral system

On the 9th of April, The Protocol Department of the MFA together with the Diplomatic Forum of the University of Uppsala organized a briefing on the Swedish electoral system in the Rosenbad Conference Centre. The Deputy Director of the Swedish Election Authority, Ms Kristina Lemon, made a thorough presentation of the legal aspects and the implementation of the Swedish electoral system. Her presentation is enclosed. The web site of the Election Authority www.val.se contains much valuable information as well.

Visit to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

On the 13th of May, Heads of Mission are invited to visit the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The Academy is an independent, non-governmental organization which was founded in 1739 with the aim to promote the sciences and strengthen their influence in society. The Academy furthers the development and innovation of Swedish research and cooperates on global issues as an international scientific proponent of sustainable development. The Academy today consists of 450 Swedish and 175 foreign members. The Academy is responsible for awarding the Nobel Prizes in physics and chemistry and the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in economic sciences in memory of Alfred Nobel.

Venue: Kungl. Vetenskapsakademien
Lilla Frescativägen 4A, Stockholm (Frescati)

Date: 13th of May at 15.00 - 17.00

Diplomats wishing to participate are kindly asked to notify the Protocol Department no later than Monday 5th of May by e-mail to ud.events@gov.se

The Swedish Tax Agency's memorandum on the procedure for VAT reimbursement

The Protocol Department wishes to inform the Diplomatic Corps about the ongoing efforts by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs to improve the procedure for VAT reimbursement to diplomatic missions etc. in Sweden.

The Swedish Tax Agency has recently submitted a memorandum on the matter to the Ministry of Finance for its consideration. The memorandum contains some positive proposals for new legislation on this important topic. The Ministry of Finance will now consider the Tax Agency's proposal and decide if and how to proceed. It is of course difficult to speculate on the time frame for this kind of endeavor. However, the Tax Agency's memorandum includes proposals for amended legislation that, if adopted, could become applicable on 1 January 2015.

The memorandum, which is only available in Swedish, can be found on the website of the Swedish Tax Agency, please see the link below.

Visit to the Swedish Academy

On the 1st of April, Heads of Mission were invited to visit the Swedish Academy, located in the former Stock Exchange Building in the Old Town of Stockholm. The Administrative Director of the Academy, Mr Odd Zschiedrich, presented its history and its activities and guided the foreign guests through the premises of the Academy.

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