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Swedish Prime Minister received Turkey's Prime Minister

On Thursday 7 November, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt received Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who will be visiting Sweden. Their agenda for the discussions includes the bilateral relations between Turkey and Sweden, Turkey's reform efforts and negotiations on EU membership. Several current foreign policy issues, including the situation in Syria, will also be discussed.

Government newsletter: Reading for life - on children and young people's reading

Several studies show that reading skills have deteriorated among young people in Sweden. Interest in reading among young people has also decreased. In order to reverse the trend and strengthen children's reading skills and interest in reading, the Government is implementing a series of initiatives under the banner 'Reading for life'.

Facts and Figures - Swedish Government Offices Yearbook 2012

An English version of the Yearbook is now available, presenting statistical data about the Government Offices of Sweden in 2012. The purpose of the Yearbook is to present facts and figures about the organisation, duties and activities of the Government Offices. It also contains a brief presentation of Government ministers in 2012 and a section on sources of information and contacts at the Government Offices.

Government newsletter: Government pushing for more housing construction

More housing is needed in Sweden. This is why the Government is working intensively on making it easier to build more housing. This includes ability the freedom of municipalities to impose their own technical requirements beyond the building regulations of the Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning. The Government has also instructed the Board to review and tighten up energy requirements for new buildings. This will enable Sweden to remain a leading country in climate and energy efficiency efforts while allowing the Government to lay another building block in efforts to improve the conditions for more housing construction.

Government newsletter: New climate report presented in Stockholm

Friday 27 September the United Nations scientific climate panel - the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - is presenting a new report in Stockholm. The Swedish Government welcomes the report, which confirms the seriousness of the climate situation and human responsibility for climate change. The report also points out the importance of acting to reduce emissions globally.
Read more in the government newsletter.

Fredrik Reinfeldt visits Mexico

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and Minister for Trade Ewa Björling travel to Mexico today. The Prime Minister will have bilateral talks with President Enrique Peña Nieto, address a business seminar on innovation and give a speech on the economic situation in Europe.

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.