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.
For the ninth year in a row, the Government Offices was among the exhibitors at Stockholm Pride. Stockholm Pride is the largest festival in the Nordic countries that highlights LGBT issues and creates a free zone for homosexual, bisexual, transgender and queer people. Sweden has long played a proactive role in strengthening and defending LGBT people's enjoyment of their human rights, both internationally and in individual countries.
The Government today adopted a new strategy for Swedish aid to Myanmar (Burma). Previously, Sweden has only provided aid in individual cases of humanitarian need, but in response to the positive political developments in Myanmar recently, the Government is now adopting a more long-term strategy for more extensive development assistance.
Sun, sea and holidays. Sweden is a popular tourist destination among foreign visitors and Swedes who enjoy the Swedish summer. In the Government newsletter you can read more about what the Government is doing to make your holiday easier - in Sweden and abroad.
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs today publishes its annual human rights reports. This year, the reports cover the 35 countries in the Americas. The overall trend in the reports is positive. All of the governments in the region - except for Cuba's - are popularly elected. Free elections, political parties, respect for the rule of law and greater gender equality have become a part of people's everyday lives in countries that, in some cases, were ruled by military dictatorships as recently as the 1970s.
Sweden has a long tradition of participating in international peacekeeping operations. In recent years, there has also been an increase in demand for Swedish civilian operations. Read more about this in the Government newsletter.
"We have had some nights of unrest, vandalism and a threatening atmosphere in Husby and other Stockholm suburbs. There is a risk that this will continue. Everyone must now help to bring calm to the situation. The residents must be allowed to reclaim their area," says Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt in a comment on the events of recent days.
Maria Larsson, minister
10 December 2013
Maria Larsson, Nora D. Volkow, Håkan Leifman
21 November 2013
Using quality registries to improve quality and cost efficiency in health and medical care was the theme of the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs conference on 21-22 May. Some 150 participants from around 20 countries gathered in Stockholm to discuss the benefits of quality registries from various perspectives.
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Carl Bildt
21 May 2013
On 22 - 23 May, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs is holding the Stockholm Internet Forum on Internet Freedom for Global Development - SIF13 - together with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Internet Infrastructure Foundation (.SE). Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt will host the conference. This year, over 400 participants from more than 90 countries will be coming to SIF to discuss how internet freedom and openness can have a positive impact on human rights and development in the world.
- Web cast interviews from Stockholm Internet Forum 2013
- Website for Stockholm Internet Forum
- Press release: Internet lifts developing countries
- Article: Stockholm Internet Forum - on the importance of an open and secure internet
- Debate article by Carl Bildt and Cecilia Malmström: Internet freedom for more
Govenrment newsletter: Sweden pushing for human rights
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that all human beings, irrespective of country, culture and context, are born free and equal in dignity and rights. This week the Government is hosting a conference on the importance of the internet for human rights around the world. Read more in the Government newsletter.