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Minister for Trade Ewa Björling held a key note speech at the conference. Photo: Linn Duvhammar/MFA

Swedish-Iraqi trade conference in Stockholm

Minister for Trade Ewa Björling is hosting the Swedish-Iraqi Business and Investment Conference in Stockholm 8-9 October. Iraq is represented by four ministers, the deputy prime minister, the governor of Baghdad and the chairperson of Basra's provincial council. In addition, some 50 representatives of Iraq's business sector and over 100 Swedish companies will attend.

Government newsletter - Housing

To address the housing shortage, the Government has presented several initiatives in the Budget Bill for 2013, including shortening processing times for appeals lodged with county administrative boards and simplifying building regulations for student housing. Read more about this in the Government newsletter.

Facts and Figures - Swedish Government Offices Yearbook 2011

An English version of the Yearbook is now available, presenting statistical data about the Government Offices of Sweden in 2011. 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 2011 and a section on sources of information and contacts at the Government Offices.

Universal Periodic Review of the United Nations Human Rights Council: Sweden's national mid-term report

This report follows up the implementation of the recommendations Sweden accepted during its review in the UPR in May 2010. The next review of Sweden within the UPR, which among other things aims at following up the first review, is scheduled for 2015. Sweden is thereby approximately in the middle of the implementation phase.

Prime minister on the steps of the Parliament building. Prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt arrives at the the opening of the Riksdag session. Photo: Martina Huber/Regeringskansliet

Statement of government policy presented

"A new world is emerging. A world where increased competition places higher demands on Sweden's ability to adapt. For this reason, we are now taking important steps to build a stronger Sweden capable of meeting the challenges that lie ahead. We are investing in the conditions for growth: infrastructure, research and innovation, enterprise, education and housing. And, at the same time, we are investing in social cohesion and welfare: in health care and social services, additional support to people in tight financial situations, integration and gender equality, and safety from crime." These were the words of Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt when he read the statement of government policy on the opening of the Riksdag session.

Government newsletter - Children and good conditions for growing up

The Government wants to strengthen support and protection for children who are neglected or abused, or risk being neglected or abused. Among other things the Government proposes more support for foster homes, strengthened preventive measures and stepped up controls. Read more about this in the Government Newsletter.

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Conference on need for reforms for more jobs and stable growth

The Ministry of Finance held a conference on Friday 7 September on the need for reforms to bring about more jobs and stable growth, and what Sweden can learn from the German economy. The conference was attended by German Federal Minister of Finance Wolfgang Schäuble and Minister for Finance Anders Borg, among others. In connection with the seminar, a press conference with the ministers was also held. You can select which part of the conference you would like to see by clicking on the arrow to the right in the player.

Sweden reports to the UN on its compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child

The Government's assessment in its report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child is that Swedish legislation is well in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child, but that the application of this legislation must be further ensured. All countries that have acceded to the Convention on the Rights of the Child are to submit a report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child every fifth year on their efforts to implement the Convention. The Government submitted its report to the UN on 31 August 2012.

A pair of Swedish clogs in white Photo: Pernilla Hed/Johnér

Boost for Cultural Heritage - Jobs initiative to preserve cultural heritage

Through the Boost for Cultural Heritage jobs initiative, the Government is combining the need to preserve cultural heritage and the cultural environment with providing people who have been absent from the labour market because of ill health with the opportunity to engage in meaningful and stimulating employment. Read more about this in the Government newsletter.

Minister for Rural Affairs Eskil Erlandsson and Chinese Minister of Agriculture Han Changfu. Minister for Rural Affairs Eskil Erlandsson and Chinese Minister of Agriculture Han Changfu. Photo: The Government Offices of Sweden

Trade between Sweden and China facilitated

An agreement to facilitate trade between Sweden and China, enhance safety in agriculture and increase quality in food production was signed by Minister for Rural Affairs Eskil Erlandsson and Chinese Minister of Agriculture Han Changfu today.