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The True Human – NNN 16

This year Names Not Numbers 2016 had “The True Human” as a theme. We were pleased to be part of the conference and to offer a food for thought breakfast on the theme: Today’s feminism: What do Women want? It ended up being a really interesting panel discussion chaired by Alice Sherwood, visiting fellow at King’s College London. Other speakers…

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The tragic conflict in Syria

According to a report by the Syrian Centre for Policy Research (SCPR) 11.5% of the Syrian population have been killed or injured since the crisis erupted in March 2011. Life expectancy has dropped from 70 in 2010 to 55.4 in 2015. After nearly five years of conflict Syria’s national wealth, infrastructure and institutions have been almost destroyed.

Last week Britain,…

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Anglo-Swedish Society Scholarships

As a Patron of the Anglo-Swedish Society, I am very pleased to learn that the Society currently is going from strength to strength and that member’s participation in the activities the Society is flourishing. During my stay here in London I have many fond memories of very enjoyable and interesting events that I have had the opportunity to attend. The…

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Jussi Björling – the most prominent tenor ever

The Swedish tenor Jussi Björling was one of the leading operatic singers and one of the most admired tenors of the 20th century. He is loved for his Music and remarkable voice, not only in Sweden but aacross the world. One of the most outstanding experts as well as admirers of Jussi Björling happens to be The Rt Hon David…

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Photo:  Ann-Sofi Rosenkvist

Photo: Ann-Sofi Rosenkvist
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Innovative Learning Technology

“Datorn i Utbildningen” is an independent and non–profit organization that works with school development and ways of strengthening educational learning with the help of IT. This is done by creating arenas, organizing activities and building networks between schools, organizations, governmental departments, councils and researchers. The organization visits London in January every year to attend the BETT Show;…

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Lucia celebrations in London

Lucia is a wonderful tradition that spreads warmth and light in the cold winter darkness. Early in the morning of December 13ththe Lucia procession enters the home singing well-known songs, the most loved of them is the one called Santa Lucia.

The name Lucia comes from the Italian saint, Lucia who was martyred in the 4th century. But its origins…

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FT Rune Carol

We were very pleased to have a Swedish choir from Stockholm’s Musikgymnasium/Kungsholmens gymnasium sing this year’s FT carol or rune carol. Stockholm’s Musikgymnasium is an upper secondary school that provides a choral education of the highest order in combination with a specially designed Natural Science Programme or a specially designed Social Science Programme. The students have been singing for at…

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Scania Maidstone offical opening

Last week I was honoured to take part in the official opening of the new Scania depot in Maidstone. It was a great event and Maidstone is now set to become home to the first of a new generation of purpose-built drive-through Scania dealerships. This was a significant investment and it will bring a number of jobs to Maidstone.

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Nobel lunch at Swedish residence

I am so pleased the Nobel lunches at the Swedish residence in London have become a great tradition. I must say that it is quite impressive that since I arrived in the UK five and a half years ago there has – with one exception – been one or several British Nobel prize winners every year. Over the years more…

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Sand in the wheels

The Swedish government is very much committed to free and fair world trade. Trade is a forceful tool for creating economic growth, promoting employment and reducing poverty. Trade was also a key factor in transforming Sweden into a modern welfare state.

Recently we organized a seminar at the Swedish residence in London that focused on how protectionism hinders export-led…

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