News from the Government and Government Offices
National Day of Sweden 2023
We celebrate Sweden’s National Day on 6 June. This year also marks 500 years since Gustav Vasa was elected king at a national assembly in Strängnäs in 1523. In that moment, Sweden became an independent nation. During the five centuries since then, Sweden has created a sense of national community and built a stable and successful social model.
Press conference in Luleå with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken
On Tuesday 30 May, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Sweden. On the first day of the visit, he met with Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson and Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström at Luleå air base, Norrbotten Wing (F 21). A press conference was held after the meeting.
New nuclear energy in focus when Prime Minister received South Korea’s Prime Minister
On Monday 8 May, Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson received South Korean Prime Minister Mr Han Duck-soo in Stockholm. Agenda items included the security situation in Europe, on the Korean Peninsula and in the Indo-Pacific region, enhanced cooperation between South Korea and Sweden in trade, investment, defence, energy and the green transition, and – not least – cooperation on new nuclear energy.
Prime Minister met President Zelenskyy at Nordic-Ukrainian Summit
On Wednesday 3 May, Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson took part in a Nordic-Ukrainian Summit with Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Norway’s Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir.
Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson held a speech at the opening of the Nordic Office of the World Jewish Congress
On Thursday 20 April, Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson, held a speech at the formal opening in Stockholm of the Nordic Office of the World Jewish Congress.
Government presents 2023 Spring Fiscal Policy Bill
The Government has presented the 2023 Spring Fiscal Policy Bill and the Spring Amending Budget for 2023. It shows that Sweden’s economy is in recession, with the highest inflation in more than 30 years. In light of this, the Government has presented a Spring Amending Budget aimed at protecting particularly vulnerable households and lowering inflation. The budget is based on an agreement between the Government and the Sweden Democrats.
Strengthening Sweden’s military defence and preparations for NATO membership
The 5th of April, the Government presented investment proposals that will be included in its Spring Amending Budget. The proposals aim to create conditions for the continued growth of Sweden’s military defence and make preparations for NATO membership. Increased appropriations totalling SEK 660 million are proposed in the Spring Amending Budget for 2023. In addition, it is proposed that the Swedish Armed Forces’ authorisation to place orders be increased by SEK 16.78 billion.
Press briefing with Minister for EU Affairs Jessika Roswall marking Swedish Presidency’s halfway point
On Friday 31 March, Minister for EU Affairs Jessika Roswall held a press briefing on the occasion of the halfway point of the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
One year ago, on 24 February 2022, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Since then, Sweden has provided humanitarian, military and civil support to Ukraine. Sweden’s military support to Ukraine has more than tripled since the current Government took office. Over the last twelve months, the EU – including Sweden – has adopted a series of sweeping sanctions packages against Russia Sweden will continue to support Ukraine for as long as it takes.
Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2023
Sweden holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union during the first half of 2023.