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The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Sweden's missions abroad are responsible for Sweden’s foreign, development cooperation and trade policy.

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  • Ann Linde presents the 2020 Statement of Foreign Policy

    Photo: Government Offices of Sweden/Kristian Pohl

    Today, Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde is presenting the Government’s Statement of Foreign Policy to the Riksdag. The Statement, which summarises the Government’s foreign policy priorities for 2020, includes a new announcement on strengthened efforts to combat organised crime. Also notable in the Statement is a stronger focus on security in Europe ahead of Sweden assuming the role of Chair of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in 2021.

  • Statement in connection with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven’s telephone call this evening with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani

    Foto: Regeringskansliet/Kristian Pohl

    The Prime Minister conveyed Sweden’s condemnation of the shooting down of passenger flight PS 752. He stressed that the relatives of those affected are entitled to a swift explanation of responsibility for the shooting down, and that Iran must take full responsibility, including in relation to those affected. President Rouhani promised that Iranian authorities would fully cooperate.

Photo: Government Offices of Sweden/Kristian Pohl

Ann Linde presents the 2020 Statement of Foreign Policy

Today, Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde is presenting the Government’s Statement of Foreign Policy to the Riksdag. The Statement, which summarises the Government’s foreign policy priorities for 2020, includes a new announcement on strengthened efforts to combat organised crime. Also notable in the Statement is a stronger focus on security in Europe ahead of Sweden assuming the role of Chair of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in 2021.

Photo: Jonas Svensson, Swedish Armed Forces

Sweden in the UN Security Council

After being elected by a wide margin to the United Nations Security Council, Sweden was a non-permanent member of the Council for the 2017–2018 term. As a principled member of the United Nations Security Council, Sweden took its cue from the foundation stones of international law, human rights, gender equality and a humanitarian perspective. The Swedish working method was characterised by listening, creativity, active diplomacy and an ambition to achieve results.

Photo: Government Offices of Sweden/Kristian Pohl

Feminist foreign policy

Equality between women and men is a fundamental aim of Swedish foreign policy. Ensuring that women and girls can enjoy their fundamental human rights is both an obligation within the framework of our international commitments, and a prerequisite for reaching Sweden’s broader foreign policy goals on peace, and security and sustainable development.

Photo: Government Offices of Sweden.

Drive for Democracy

Strengthened engagement for democracy was announced in the 2019 Statement of Foreign Policy and in the Swedish Foreign Service’s strategic vision for the electoral period. Sweden will stand up for democratic principles and support democracy in all contexts. On 21 November 2019, the Drive for Democracy was presented to the Riksdag Committee on Foreign Affairs by Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde and Minister for International Development Cooperation Peter Eriksson.

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