Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov to Visit Sweden

A Russian trade delegation will visit Sweden on Wednesday 30th March 2011, led by Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov. The group will be met by the Swedish Minister for Trade, Ewa Björling, in Stockholm. Under the auspices of the Swedish-Russian Steering Committee, trade and economic ties will be discussed. Minister Björling said of the meeting … Read more Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov to Visit Sweden

Sweden Declassifies Diplomatic Reports on Fall of Soviet Union

Sweden has declassified a number of diplomatic materials relating to the end of Soviet rule in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. On Thursday 17 February, 2011 a seminar will be held to discuss the publication of the documents at the Utrikespolitiska Institutet, Drottning Kristinas väg 37, Stockholm at 17.00-18.30 followed by a reception hosted by the … Read more Sweden Declassifies Diplomatic Reports on Fall of Soviet Union

Belarus: President Lukashenka “Bargaining with Civil Rights”

Robert Hårdh is Executive Director Civil Rights Defenders, an international human rights organisation based in Sweden. Here he tackles the current unsettled political situation in Belarus: The foreign ministers in the European Union have agreed upon sanctions against the Belarussian leadership. A few days before the sanctions were announced several dissidents who have been detained … Read more Belarus: President Lukashenka “Bargaining with Civil Rights”

Football: International Friendly Fixtures, Tuesday 8 February 2011

Four international friendly football matches are due to take place on Tuesday 8th February, 2011, including matches between Wales and Ireland; Cyprus and Sweden; Romania and Ukraine and, in South America, Peru v Panama. International Football – Friendly Fixtures, Tuesday 8th February 2011 Rep of Ireland v Wales Cyprus v Sweden Romania v Ukraine Peru … Read more Football: International Friendly Fixtures, Tuesday 8 February 2011

Munich Security Conference 4th – 6th February 2011

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, President Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will join foreign ministers from around the world for a defence conference in Munich. The conference will be held over 4th – 6th February 2011 and discussions will centre on themes such as … Read more Munich Security Conference 4th – 6th February 2011

Belarus: EU Issues Sanctions on Leaders & Poland Hosts Conference

The EU has imposed sanctions on the government of Belarus provoking an expression of “deep regret” from the Belarussian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Meanwhile Sweden and Poland are preparing for a conference designed to support democratisation in the country, which takes place on February 2nd 2011. Speaking for the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Council … Read more Belarus: EU Issues Sanctions on Leaders & Poland Hosts Conference

Sport: France are World Handball Champions 2011

France claimed the world handball championship in Malmö, Sweden after a gruelling battle against Denmark. The French Prime Minister François Fillon congratulated the “Experts” team in a statement released on Sunday. It is the fourth consecutive final won by the team. The final scores were: France – Denmark 37:35 (31:31, 15:12) with equalizers right through … Read more Sport: France are World Handball Champions 2011

Australian Open 2011 Tennis: Djokovic Sets up Semi-Final Meeting with Federer

Novak Djokovic (3) will play Roger Federer (2) in the Australian Open 2011 Semi-Final after both players won through their quarter-final matches in fine style. Federer saw off Swedish hopeful Wawrinka (19) in straight sets, winning 6-1 6-3 6-3, before Djokovic produced a similarly impressive performance in removing Czech Tomas Berdych 3-0, with the scoreline … Read more Australian Open 2011 Tennis: Djokovic Sets up Semi-Final Meeting with Federer

Environment: Sweden Urges International Ban on Mercury

A UN meeting over mercury pollution will see Sweden push for an international ban on mercury, an extension of the ban currently in place in the Nordic country. The second session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC2) meets in Chiba, Japan on 24-28 January 2011. The first session was held in Stockholm in June 2010. … Read more Environment: Sweden Urges International Ban on Mercury

Sweden Must Safeguard “Strong Public Finances” – Anders Borg

The OECD Economic Survey of Sweden has just been released after 18 months of preparation. It shows that Sweden had dealt well with the financial and banking crisis because of lessons learnt in the past, a government surplus which was available as it entered the crisis and flexible labour market conditions. Sweden is also well … Read more Sweden Must Safeguard “Strong Public Finances” – Anders Borg

Swedish to Observe Ugandan Election February 18th 2011

The Swedish Government will send five election observers to Uganda to monitor the presidential and parliamentary elections on 18th February 2011. Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson said: “For the second time, the Ugandan people now have several political parties and presidential candidates to chose between. The task of our election observers is … Read more Swedish to Observe Ugandan Election February 18th 2011

Common European Asylum System Mooted on UNHCR’s 60th Anniversary

As the UNHCR celebrated 60 years in Stockholm, the Minister for Asylum and Migration, Tobias Billström defended his work against xenophobia and underlined the need for EU countries to work together to lessen the burden on countries which host large numbers of refugees. He placed his weight behind the idea of a Common European Asylum … Read more Common European Asylum System Mooted on UNHCR’s 60th Anniversary

Business: Saab Moves Into Scandanavian Air Ambulance Sector

Saab has signed a deal worth 50 MSEK with Scandanavian Air Ambulance Holding AB to take over the operation of technical and personnel services. Göran Persson, Chairman of the Board at Scandinavian Air Ambulance said: “This partnership with Saab is an excellent base for further expansion of the Nordic business venture for Scandinavian Air Ambulance, … Read more Business: Saab Moves Into Scandanavian Air Ambulance Sector

Terrorist Threat to Sweden Limited to “Less Than 200 Individuals”

A report released on Wednesday 15th December by the Swedish Security Services or Säkerhetspolisen revealed that the terrorist threat to Swedish society is extremely limited and involves less than 200 radicalised individuals. The SSS expects that there is no serious threat to society and government in the Nordic state and that measures to counteract violent … Read more Terrorist Threat to Sweden Limited to “Less Than 200 Individuals”

Speech: Swedish Minister Defends Criminalisation of Paying for Sex

At the 3rd Swedish-Dutch Conference on Gender Equality: Trafficking in Human Beings and Prostitution held on 6th December 2010, Birgitta Ohlsson, the Swedish Minister for EU Affairs defended the Swedish policy of criminalising the demand for paid sex, rather than the supply, as well as tackling issues of human trafficking and enslavement: Human trafficking is … Read more Speech: Swedish Minister Defends Criminalisation of Paying for Sex