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Prime Minister announces decision on extraordinary elections

The Riksdag today voted and took a decision on the economic framework for expenditures and revenue in the budget in accordance with the proposal of the Alliance parties. The Prime Minister has announced that at the end of December, the Government intends to take a decision on extraordinary elections to the Riksdag, planned for 22 March 2015.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström visited Maidan to honour those who were killed during the demonstrations and unrest. Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström visited Maidan to honour those who were killed during the demonstrations and unrest.

Margot Wallström visits Ukraine

Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström is visiting Ukraine on 25-26 November. Ms Wallström will meet President Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Deputy Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin, among others. She will also meet women parliamentarians, students and organisations that Sweden supports in Ukraine.

Sweden to open Consulate-General in New York

Sweden is to open a Consulate-General in New York. The move will strengthen Sweden's diplomatic presence in one of the world's most important cities. The Consulate-General will strengthen brand Sweden by contributing to enhanced cultural, economic and popular exchange between Sweden and the United States.

Diplomat Carl Skau works at UN headquarters in New York. Here he is talking to Albertina MacDonald, Director of the United Nations Division at the Mozambique Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. Photo: Jeanette Mattsson

Why Sweden wants to be on the Security Council

If Sweden wants to take responsibility and influence world politics - then we should be on the United Nations Security Council. The entire Government will join in the efforts to secure Sweden a seat in 2017-2018

It couldn't be any plainer. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven emphasised it in the Statement of Government Policy. It was the first point Margot Wallström raised on her first day as Minister for Foreign Affairs. Sweden's candidacy for a seat on the United Nations Security Council in 2017-2018 is going to be very much in the spotlight.

Margot Wallström and Philip Hammond. Photo: Karin Nylund/Government Offices of Sweden

Margot Wallström received Philip Hammond

Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström today received her British counterpart Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.

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