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Sweden hosts IPCC meeting

The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is to meet in Stockholm on 23-27 September to prepare and present new conclusions on climate change and its scientific basis. The meeting concludes with a webcast press conference on September 27. Minister for the Environment Lena Ek will take part in several activities during the week.

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Budget for 2014: Policy for growth and jobs

Today the Government presented its proposed central government budget for 2014 to the Riksdag. The Government considers that there is scope for reforms in excess of SEK 24 billion next year, and proposes investments in measures to increase employment, pupils' knowledge and business competitiveness, while welfare and cohesion is strengthened and the environment and climate protected.

Elisabeth Svantesson appointed Minister for Employment and Hillevi Engström appointed Minister for International Development Coo

Portrait of Elisabeth Svantesson Photo: Martina Huber/Government Offices of Sweden

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt today appointed Elisabeth Svantesson Minister for Employment and head of the Ministry of Employment. Hillevi Engström has been appointed Minister for International Development Cooperation.

Elisabeth Svantesson comes from Örebro and has been a member of the Riksdag since 2006. She has been chair of the Parliamentary Committee on the Labour Market since June 2012.

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt Photo: Martina Huber/Government Offices of Sweden

Prime Minister presented Statement of Government Policy

"We will continue to make the whole of Sweden a better country for everyone. We will continue to put jobs first. We want to restore the value of work and combat exclusion. The objective is full employment." These were the words of Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt when he read the Statement of Government Policy on the occasion of the opening of the Riksdag session.

New agreement makes it easier to earn pension rights in South Korea

Chin Young, Minister of Health and Welfare and Minister for Social Security, Ulf Kristersson. Photo: Government Offices of Sweden

Today, 9 September, Minister for Social Security Ulf Kristersson will sign a bilateral social insurance agreement between Sweden and South Korea. The agreement also makes it easier for people who have worked in South Korea to obtain the pension they have earned.

Carl Bildt and Barack Obama Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt was among the ones who welcomed President Obama at Stockholm-Arlanda airport. Photo: Baldur Bragason

Reinfeldt and Obama discussed global politics and free trade

The meeting between Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and President Barack Obama concluded with a joint press conference. The situation in Syria, the economic situation in the world and trade, industrial and climate policy were among the subjects discussed.

Joint statement by the Nordic countries and USA

In connection with President Barack Obama's visit, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt invited the Nordic heads of state and government to attend a dinner. After the dinner, they made a joint statement.
Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Sauli Niinistö, Barack Obama, Fredrik Reinfeldt, Jens Stoltenberg, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson
Photo: Martina Huber/Government Offices of Sweden
Anders Borg during press conference. Photo: Martina Huber/Government Offices

The state of the economy and the context for the budget in 2014

The Government is currently discussing the work on the budget for 2014. In this connection, Minister for Finance Anders Borg gave an account of the economic situation and the context for work on preparing the central government budget for 2014.
"We will use the strength of our public finances to energise and support a recovery. At the same time we will maintain safety margins. Laying a firm foundation for recovery is key to driving unemployment down," says Minister for Finance Anders Borg.

Information material: The Constitution of Sweden

Information material: The Constitution of Sweden

Sweden has four fundamental laws which together make up the Constitution: the Instrument of Government, the Act of Succession, the Freedom of the Press Act and the Fundamental Law on Freedom of Expression. This presentation concentrates on the central aspects of the Instrument of Government.

Government newsletter - Back to school

In the next few days, school pupils all over Sweden will be returning to their desks after the summer holidays. Swedish schools are currently undergoing the most intensive period of reform since the mid-19th century, with the aim of boosting learning outcomes and raising the status of the teaching profession. Read more in the Government newsletter.

US President Barack Obama to visit Sweden

On Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 September, US President Barack Obama will visit Sweden at the invitation of Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt. It will be the first time an incumbent US president pays a bilateral visit to Sweden.