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State Opening of Parliament

It was quite an experience to attend the State Opening of Parliament. This is the most well-known and colorful state occasion in the United Kingdom. The chamber in the House of Lords was packed with guests including the Lord Mayor, judges, ambassadors and high commissioners. This is the time when members of the House of Lords wear their parliamentary robes….

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Professor Yan Xuetong on international relations

Every six months the Swedish Embassy and the ECFR co-host a dinner where we invite an expert on international relations from the academic world.

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UK – Swedish bilateral on transport

The Swedish Minister for Infrastructure Catharina Elmsäter–Svärd yesterday visited London to meet with her British counterpart Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin.

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Standing ovations for Doktor Glas

The greatest risk in life is to take no risks at all. Imagine setting up a Swedish play in Swedish with English surtitles in a West End theatre.Most people would probably advice against such an idea. However when Mr Wallander/Krister Henriksson stars alone on the stage in Doktor Glas it is a different story. His magnificent performance of Doktor Glas in…

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UK/Swedish MOU Signing
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UK – Swedish MoU on defence

This week both the Swedish Minister of Trade Ewa Björling and the Minister of Defence Karin Enström visited London. Björling was on her way to an informal ministerial meeting in Dublin and attended an embassy event on Tuesday evening. On Thursday Enström attended a political exercise at the Ministry of Defence and signed a UK- Swedish Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

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Nordics at London Book Fair

More than 25 000 people will visit the London Book Fair in the next few days. There is a longstanding tradition that the Nordics work closely together at this event. This year the cooperation was taken a step further as the Nordic countries had a common exhibition-case.

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UK – Swedish peace treaty in 1813

On Friday we all gathered for Evensong at St Paul’s to celebrate the peace treaty that was signed between Sweden and the UK in 1813.

I have taken a particular interest in this part of our history and the role of the British Admiral Saumarez. Sweden probably never ever had such a friendly official enemy as Admiral Saumarez. It was…

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The future of Sweden

If you refuse to look back and do not dare to look ahead, you need to look out, said the famous Swedish writer and actor Tage Danielsson. This quote can be found at the very beginning of the final report by the Government’s Commission on the Future of Sweden.

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Names Not Numbers 2013

Connections & Disconnections was the theme at this year’s Names Not Numbers. It was a great crowd that gathered in Aldeburgh to discuss bright ideas on a wide variety of topics.

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Aerospace and Formula One

Today I officially opened the Swedish company Seco Tools (UK)’s new technology center in Alcester.

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