Sweden has come through the crisis better than most comparable countries. Government policy has focused on using the surpluses built up prior to the crisis to prevent Sweden from being excessively affected. As growth is gradually expected to rise and the situation on the labour market slowly improves, the need to support the economy will successively decline. Fiscal policy will then enter a new phase - public finances will gradually return to surplus, which will act as a buffer.
"We are deeply concerned about the situation. All parties must show restraint to avoid further escalation. Russia has a responsibility not to violate international law and instead act through dialogue and other peaceful means. The sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine must be respected. I welcome that the international community, mainly through the UN and the EU, are now discussing the situation."
Sweden's Minister for International Development Cooperation Hillevi Engström strongly condemns the fact that Uganda is enacting new legislation that discriminates against homosexuals in the country. From a Swedish point of view, it is unacceptable to discriminate against people on the grounds of their sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity, religious beliefs or skin colour.
On Thursday 20 February, Minister for Finance Anders Borg presented a new forecast of the outcome for the Swedish economy and the public finances. The Swedish economy will gradually return to normal after years of financial and debt crisis, according to the Ministry of Finance February forecast. The deficits will slowly return to balance and surplus. In 2018, net lending is estimated to reach over 1 per cent of GDP.
On Wednesday 19 February, Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt presented this year's Statement of Government Policy on Foreign Affairs to the Riksdag. After the presentation, the Riksdag held its major foreign policy debate.
New report on PISA study and Sweden
Today the report 'PISA 2012: Resources, policies and practices in Sweden' was delivered to Minister for Education Jan Björklund. The report was presented at a press conference with Andreas Schleicher, Deputy Director, Education and Skills, OECD and Mr Björklund.
13 February 2014
Tobias Billström, Hillevi Engström
5 February 2014
Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt visited Iran on 3-6 February. Focus was primarily on his meeting with President Hassan Rouhani and Minister of Foreign Affairs Javad Zarif. Their discussions mainly concerned the future steps in negotiations on the nuclear issue and the human rights situation in the country.
Serious organised crime must be combated throughout the country. To this end, the Government intends to introduce stricter and more effective legislation in a number of areas, including serious violent crime and money laundering.
Minister for Trade Ewa Björling today presented the Government's 2013 Music Export Prize to Tim "Avicii" Bergling. This year's Special Prize for long-standing contributions to Swedish music went to the group ABBA. A new prize this year was the Commendation, which went to TEN Music Group.
Today, 27 January, is the international remembrance day for victims of the Holocaust and the 69th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
By the new donation of SEK 1 million, Sweden has doubled its support to the international fund for the preservation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.