Foto: Åsa Westerlund

Foto: Åsa Westerlund
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Dame Ellen MacArthur receives award from Polarbröd

Nine years ago Ellen MacArthur broke the world record for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the globe. Both through her sailing and through the Ellen MacArthur Cancer trust, she has encouraged young people to regain their confidence when recovering from cancer and other serious illnesses.

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Copyright: WHO /Stéphane Saporito

Copyright: WHO /Stéphane Saporito
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Defeating Ebola in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia

The rapid spread of the deadly Ebola virus shows that we are at a galvanic moment if we are to stop this unprecedented outbreak. This is a very aggressive virus and the first outbreak of its kind that has grown to become a global emergency.

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Thomas Heatherwick speaking about The Garden Bridge project

Thomas Heatherwick speaking about The Garden Bridge project
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Skanska – Fast forward thinking

The Skanska UK Future Day conference was a very timely event. Its focus on how future cities will be financed, designed and inhabited was most thought-provoking.

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Sadler's Wells Theatre - Royal Swedish Ballet - Mats Ek’s Juliet & Romeo - Photo:  Gert Weigelt

Sadler's Wells Theatre - Royal Swedish Ballet - Mats Ek’s Juliet & Romeo - Photo: Gert Weigelt
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Mats Ek’s Juliet & Romeo in London

Yesterday I had the opportunity to see Swedish dance at its best as Mats Ek’s widely acclaimed Juliet & Romeo was performed at Sadler’s Wells in London. It was an outstanding performance by the Royal Swedish Ballet. The choreography was breathtaking and the dancers were magic.

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Courtesy of ICCO

Courtesy of ICCO
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Securing future cocoa supply

Last week when I hosted a reception together with the Swedish chairman of the International Cocoa Council Ms Anna Tofftén, I was told about the looming crisis in this cocoa industry.

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Lara Bohinc and Skultuna

During the London Design Festival I was very pleased to celebrate the launch of the cooperation between Skultuna and Lara Bohinc on “Home Accessories”.

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Travelling along the West Coast of Sweden

The summer in Sweden was magnificent with tropic temperatures at times. During one of my last days in Sweden I travelled from Strömstad to Gothenburg and the scenery along the West coast is really stunning. It is easy to see why CNN is raving about Bohuslän.

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Oslo Opera House, a fantastic piece of modern architecture.

Oslo Opera House, a fantastic piece of modern architecture.
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Great Discussion on Social Media in Oslo

During the summer I traveled to Oslo to give a presentation on social media at the Norwegian Heads of Missions meeting. It was a great pleasure to meet with my Norwegian colleagues to discuss an increasingly important topic.

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Swedish Heads of Mission Meeting

Every year Swedish Heads of Missions spend a week in Sweden to get extensive briefings on politics, economics and trade. This year the meeting started off in Gothenburg where we had the opportunity to meet the Governor of Västra Götaland County Lars Bäckström.

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Professor Ignatieff: “The post-Ukraine world order”

During the weekend I attended the Ditchley Foundation 50th Annual Lecture. The lecture was delivered by the great intellectual Professor Michael Ignatieff who spoke on the theme: “The post-Ukraine world order.” This was a lecture that really made you think about thinking.

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