Foreign Ministers Radek Sikorski and Carl Bildt of Poland and Sweden made a joint statement on developments in Ukraine, on 1 December.
The most important issue for Sweden is jobs. Many young people today have difficulty entering the labour market, both in Sweden and in the rest of Europe. The Government is therefore focusing on more and broader paths to jobs for young people in order to bring about a smoother transition from school to work. Overall experience shows that a combination of work, training and coaching is a good way for young people to enter the labour market.
Maria Larsson, Nora D. Volkow, Håkan Leifman
21 November 2013
Maria Larsson, minister
10 December 2013
The Government wants to prevent the use of cannabis.On 20-21 November the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs hosted an international research conference in Stockholm. The aim was to present research from Sweden and other countries on cannabis and its impact on human health.
2014 is the first year that Sweden is holding both a European election and a general election - a super election year. The Government is conducting a number of initiatives ahead of the super election year in order to increase voter turn-out. Read more about this in the Government newsletter.
Today the Government adopted guidelines for the management of the central government debt. The direction of debt policy remains unchanged. The debt shares and interest rate refixing periods for central government debt remain unchanged.
On Thursday 7 November, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt received Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who will be visiting Sweden. Their agenda for the discussions includes the bilateral relations between Turkey and Sweden, Turkey's reform efforts and negotiations on EU membership. Several current foreign policy issues, including the situation in Syria, will also be discussed.
Several studies show that reading skills have deteriorated among young people in Sweden. Interest in reading among young people has also decreased. In order to reverse the trend and strengthen children's reading skills and interest in reading, the Government is implementing a series of initiatives under the banner 'Reading for life'.
An English version of the Yearbook is now available, presenting statistical data about the Government Offices of Sweden in 2012. The purpose of the Yearbook is to present facts and figures about the organisation, duties and activities of the Government Offices. It also contains a brief presentation of Government ministers in 2012 and a section on sources of information and contacts at the Government Offices.
More housing is needed in Sweden. This is why the Government is working intensively on making it easier to build more housing. This includes ability the freedom of municipalities to impose their own technical requirements beyond the building regulations of the Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning. The Government has also instructed the Board to review and tighten up energy requirements for new buildings. This will enable Sweden to remain a leading country in climate and energy efficiency efforts while allowing the Government to lay another building block in efforts to improve the conditions for more housing construction.
Friday 27 September the United Nations scientific climate panel - the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - is presenting a new report in Stockholm. The Swedish Government welcomes the report, which confirms the seriousness of the climate situation and human responsibility for climate change. The report also points out the importance of acting to reduce emissions globally.
Read more in the government newsletter.