The fire in Västmanland is still burning. The continued focus is on fighting the fire and protecting lives and property. But when the immediate crisis is over, it is important that we begin the work of seeing what lessons can be learned. This is important in any crisis, and never more so than in events of this exceptional nature. The Government now intends to appoint an inquiry to this effect.
An English version of the Yearbook is available, presenting statistical data about the Government Offices of Sweden in 2013. The purpose of the Yearbook is to present facts and figures about the organisation, duties and activities of the Government Offices for English-speaking readers. In addition to statistical material it contains a brief presentation of Government ministers in 2013 and a section on sources of information and contacts at the Government Offices.
The Swedish economy is expected to continue its gradual recovery after the longest and deepest recession Sweden has experienced since the crisis of the 1930s. This is the picture presented by the Ministry of Finance's new economic forecast. The recovery has been sluggish because of the continued subdued state of the global economy. Little by little, growth will pick up in the years ahead. The public finances will strengthen as the economy returns to normal.
On 26 June, the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on human rights on the internet. The resolution, entitled 'The promotion, protection, and enjoyment of human rights on the internet', was adopted unanimously.
Many people will be travelling during their holidays this summer. Although some will travel abroad, there is also considerable interest in holidaying in Sweden, among Swedes as well as tourists from other countries. You can read more below about what the Government is doing to make your holiday easier - in Sweden and abroad.
Sweden has been a pioneer in introducing financial policy instruments to improve the climate and the environment. This is stated by the OECD in its review of Swedish environmental policy in 2004-2012.
The assessment and recommendations from OECD's environmental performance review of Sweden 2004-2012 were released on 11th June 2014, by Simon Upton, Environment Director, OECD, and Lena Ek, Minister for the Environment, Sweden.
On Monday and Tuesday 9-10 June, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt hosted a high-level meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte at Harpsund. At the press conference in Harpsund, the four countries' leaders were in agreement that various structural reforms are needed to boost EU competitiveness, strengthen the Single Market, increase free trade and promote free movement.
In an increasingly digitised world, it is becoming all the more important that foreign policy, advocacy in other areas and diplomatic work are also conducted on the internet. A strong voice in the world today requires that countries also communicate with people on the internet - what is usually called 'digital diplomacy'. For Sweden, it is natural to be at the cutting edge of digital diplomacy development.
The third edition of the Stockholm Internet Forum is taking place on 27-28 May. Some 450 participants from 90 countries have gathered in Stockholm to discuss how to protect internet freedom in the face of demands for greater controls and governance. The full conference could be followed online.