Statement by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven on Drottninggatan, Stockholm, 8 April

Prime minister Stefan Löfven
The Prime Minister today visited the scene of the attack. He then walked back along Drottninggatan to his offices at Rosenbad, talking to people he met along the way. Photo: Victor Svedberg/Government offices

– Today is a day of mourning. The whole of Sweden is grieving the victims of yesterday’s horrific attack. Four people have died and 15 are injured.

The aim of this kind of attack is to spread fear and hate. Over the last twenty-four hours, Sweden has also shown itself at its best. We have helped each other, supported each other, and opened up our homes. This shows that there is a strength in Sweden that nobody can take away from us.

The Swedish Security Service and Swedish Police work around the clock to prevent and deter this kind of act. But sadly, it is simply not possible to guarantee that they will never happen. The Government has implemented a range of measures to combat terrorism and violent extremism. In the period ahead, we will need to take further measures, both at national level and at EU and international level. We will do everything in our power to ensure that people feel safe in Sweden. And Sweden does not stand alone. Condolences are arriving from people all over the world; they are with us, and we are with them.

A memorial ceremony will be held at 12.00 on Monday 10 April. In connection with this, a minute’s silence will be held. Today, the whole of Sweden mourns. But we will get through this – together.

We are very grateful for the expressions of solidarity and condolences from around the world after yesterday's attack in Stockholm.