Monthly archive for April 2012

IKEA and H&M at the Top in the UK

IKEA has overtaken John Lewis in popularity and is now Britain’s favourite shop. In addition, H&M is considered the fifth most popular…

Tranströmer at the British Library

We never stopped hoping. Every year many of us kept thinking that maybe it will happen this year. And then finally last…

Heroic Actions of Raoul Wallenberg

Today, the Israeli Embassy hosted a Holocaust Memorial Ceremony. I had been asked to give a short speech about the heroic actions…

The Bridge and Nordic Noir

Nordic noir books and films have really made it in Britain.  The Stieg Larsson Millennium Trilogy continues to be tremendously popular as…

Swedish Spring Budget 2012

Today, the Swedish Finance Minister Anders Borg presented the Spring Budget to Parliament.  The Government has made it clear that there is…

OECD: Sweden world’s largest donor

According to OECD statistics presented last week Sweden was the world’s largest donor in 2011 in relation to GNI.  Sweden allocated 36…