News from the Government and Government Offices
Very serious situation for the global economy and the Swedish economy
Minister for Finance Magdalena Andersson presents the new forecast from the Ministry of Finance today.
The virus outbreak has had a serious impact on economic growth, both in Sweden and around the world. This is a combined shock to supply and demand, with knock-on effects between countries. The level of uncertainty in the forecast is very high. This assessment is based on analyses of how different sectors are affected by the measures taken to limit the spread of the virus and how the economy has reacted in previous crises. The global economy, like the Swedish economy, is expected to enter a recession with strongly negative GDP growth in 2020.
The Government’s work in response to the virus responsible for COVID-19
There is an ongoing outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which causes the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The Government and the Government Offices are following developments carefully and are in continuous contact with the responsible authorities.
Ministry for Foreign Affairs advises against non-essential travel to all countries
In light of the extensive spread of the COVID-19 virus and the rapidly changing and uncertain situation for travellers, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs advises against non-essential travel to all countries.
Government communication on the feminist foreign policy
Five years of Sweden’s feminist foreign policy show that it generates results. This is outlined in the Government communication on the policy which was presented by the Government to the Riksdag in September 2019. The feminist foreign policy has, among other things, contributed to support for female members of parliament and entrepreneurs, fewer cases of maternal mortality and unplanned pregnancies, and more resources for gender equality and women’s and girl’s rights. Sweden has also contributed toward mobilising and financing for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).
The same power to shape society and their own lives – the work of Sweden’s feminist government continues
All government policy must redistribute power and resources for a more gender-equal society. The goal is to ensure that women and men have the same power to shape society and their own lives.
Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism
The Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven will host the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism on 26-27 October 2020 in Malmö, Sweden. The Forum will take place 75 years after the end of the Second World War and the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. This year also marks 20 years since the first Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust was held, and the establishment of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).