Ministry for Foreign Affairs

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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  • Panel discussion with the 2019 Nobel Laureates in Economic Sciences

    Today, 11 December, Minister for International Development Cooperation Peter Eriksson invited this year’s recipients of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel to a panel discussion about their research on poverty reduction.

    Mr Eriksson moderated a discussion with Director-General of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency Carin Jämtin and the three Nobel Laureates Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer. Watch the panel discussion in the video above.

  • Robert Rydberg new State Secretary for Foreign Affairs – Annika Söder leaving to work in peace promotion

    Photo: Government Offices of Sweden/Sara Brynedal

    Today, the Government appointed Robert Rydberg, currently Sweden’s Ambassador to Rome, as new State Secretary for Foreign Affairs at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Annika Söder, who has held the position for the past five years, is leaving to work in peace promotion and conflict resolution.

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: Anders Löwdin / The Riksdag

The Government’s Statement of Foreign Policy 2019

Priorities and goals of the Government's foreign policy.

Kristian Pohl/Government Offices of Sweden

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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