News from the Government and Government Offices
Economic downturn ahead for Swedish economy
Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine has led to increased economic uncertainty. According to the Ministry of Finance’s latest economic forecast, an economic downturn is expected both in Sweden and globally. Minister for Finance Mikael Damberg presented the forecast during the Government’s deliberations at Harpsund today.
Prime Minister received German Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz
On Tuesday 16 August, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson received German Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz at Sager House. During the visit, Ms Andersson and Mr Scholz discussed the close relations between Sweden and Germany, the new security situation following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and economic developments. They also discussed green industry and green transition, and therefore visited Scania in Södertälje.
(A version of the press conference with simultaneous interpretation into German can be found in the press release.)
Prime Minister to take part in informal Nordic prime ministers meeting in Oslo
On Monday, August 15, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson participated in an informal meeting with Nordic prime ministers in Oslo. Germany’s Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz joined the prime ministers in Oslo in the afternoon for a separate German-Nordic meeting.
Sweden to train Ukrainian soldiers in UK
The Government has decided that the Swedish Armed Forces will send instructors to the UK to give Ukrainian citizens basic military training to enable them to serve in Ukraine’s armed forces. The aim is to make it possible for Ukraine to maintain and strengthen its defence capabilities.
NATO members sign Accession Protocols for Sweden and Finland at North Atlantic Council meeting
Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde took part in the North Atlantic Council meeting on 5 July 2022 at NATO headquarters in Brussels, where all NATO members signed the Accession Protocols for Sweden and Finland. This enables all the NATO members to proceed with the accession process and ratify the protocols in the next step towards Swedish and Finnish membership. Following ratification by the NATO members, Sweden’s accession will be referred to the Riksdag for approval. Sweden and Finland have Invitee status until the accession protocols have been ratified.
Ann Linde presents new 2022 Statement of Foreign Policy
On 10 June, Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde presented a new Statement of Foreign Policy in the Riksdag. This Statement of Foreign Policy is Ms Linde’s fourth as Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Hans Dahlgren presented the general political direction of Sweden’s Presidency of the Council of the EU
Minister for EU Affairs Hans Dahlgren informed the Riksdag of the political direction of Sweden’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Sweden can do better: the Government’s policy priorities
Sweden has much to be proud of. We have a skilled labour force and a high proportion of Swedish people support themselves by working. Sweden has many innovative and competitive businesses that contribute to jobs and exports. Health care, education and social services are collectively financed and allocated according to need. The level of trust between people is high and Sweden has come a long way in terms of gender equality.