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
14 June 2012
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.
On 15 May, ministers and delegates from the eight Arctic states, representatives of the indigenous peoples in the Arctic region, researchers and observers gathered in Kiruna. Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt and minister for the Environment Lena Ek participated. The ministerial meeting was attended by around 300 people and marked the end of the Swedish chairmanship and the start of the Canadian chairmanship of the Arctic Council.
On Tuesday 14 May, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt received US Secretary of State John F. Kerry in Stockholm for talks. Discussion points at the meeting focused on current foreign policy issues, including the developments in Syria, the possibility of stepping up the Middle East peace process and the international community's future engagement in Afghanistan. They also discussed the negotiations on a free trade agreement between the EU and the US.
It is important that young people find jobs and become independent. The Government has implemented a number of reforms and initiatives to make it easier for young people to enter the labour market and these efforts are continuing. Read more about this in the Government newsletter.
On 9-10 May, Minister for Finance Anders Borg ,Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt, Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson, Minister for Trade Ewa Björling, and Minister for EU Affairs Birgitta Ohlsson will be taking part in the World Economic Forum on Africa (WEF) in Cape Town. On 5-12 May, in connection with the WEF, some of the ministers will also visit Ethiopia, Nigeria, Angola and Zimbabwe.
On 15 May approximately 300 people - ministers, delegates from the eight Arctic states, representatives of indigenous peoples, scientists and observers - will gather in Kiruna in the north of Sweden to mark the end of the two-year Swedish chairmanship and the beginning of the Canadian chairmanship of the Arctic Council. Minister for the Environment Lena Ek will participate.