Speech by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at the memorial ceremony at Stockholm City Hall

  • Prime Minister Stefan Löften talking to police officers.

    Prime Minister Stefan Löfven talking to police officers at the memorial ceremony.

    Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices

  • Prime Minister Stefan Löfven gave a speech.

    Prime Minister Stefan Löfven gave a speech where he focused at the police officers, the skilled emergency services and the medical professionals.

    Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices

  • Anders Ygeman, Gustav Fridolin and Isabella Lövin talking to police officers.

    Ministers Anders Ygeman, Gustav Fridolin and Isabella Lövin talking to police officers.

    Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices

  • Isabella Lövin, Gustav Fridolin, Anders Ygeman, Anna Kinberg Batra, Jan Björklund, Annie Lööf and Alice Bah Kuhnke in Stadshusparken.

    Isabella Lövin, Gustav Fridolin, Anders Ygeman, Anna Kinberg Batra, Jan Björklund, Annie Lööf and Alice Bah Kuhnke in Stadshusparken, Stockholm.

    Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices

  • People standing outside taking part in the City of Stockholm’s official ceremony.

    The City of Stockholm’s official ceremony in Stadshusparken.

    Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices

Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, Excellencies, Swedes, people of Stockholm, friends,

Losing a loved one is the most terrible thing that can happen in a person's life.

I have thought so much about those of you who on Friday lost someone you loved more than anything in the world.

You now carry with you the memories – of conversations, looks, laughs – alongside your unfathomable loss.

I just want to say this: you are not alone. Our thoughts are with you. Sweden is with you.

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And so many people have done so much for their fellow human beings in the last few days.

Sweden's brave police officers. Our highly skilled emergency services. Our fantastic medical professionals.

And all of you who discovered the hero within you, who offered help and consolation.

We cannot thank you enough.

Your actions make Sweden proud, and are a testament to people's incredible capacity in times of adversity.

You put me in mind of the following lines by priest and author Anders Frostenson:

"Our own wounds are healed when we heal the wounds of others.
Bowed down by burdens, we are carried.

From the solace I gave another, solace my own heart received.
In going to one who needed me, I came home."

So thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

You were put to the test. You stood firm. You have the gratitude of an entire country.

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And I know that we will get through this as we in Sweden have always done: together.

The strength, the resolve, the steadfast values that Sweden has demonstrated in the last few days can never be taken from us by a murderer.

Our unity will always be stronger than the forces that seek to tear us apart.

Our way of life will never be suppressed.

Our democracy will triumph over fundamentalism.

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Friends,

Sweden, Belgium and the United Kingdom stand together in mourning the citizens we have lost.

Our three countries have suffered horrendous acts of terrorism.
But we have also seen the strength, determination and power of our democratic societies.

We will never surrender to terror. We will get through this, together.