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The Government's Music Export Prize for 2013

Minister for Trade Ewa Björling will present the Government's Music Export Prize for 2013 at a ceremony on Tuesday 4 February.

This year's nominees for the Music Export Prize are: Avicii, Carl Falk & Rami Yacoub, Icona Pop, Nina Stemme and Watain.

"Our major international musical successes not only create important export revenues, they also enhance the image of a creative and innovative Sweden. With this prize, the Government wishes to highlight the importance of these actors' achievements," says Dr Björling.

Minister for Trade Ewa Björling, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel on their arrival at Hamburg Town Hall. Photo: Roland Magunia

Green cities and Swedish design on agenda during Germany visit

On 28 January, Minister for Trade Ewa Björling, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel were in Hamburg during their visit to Germany.
"Over the next two days we will have good opportunities to strengthen Swedish-German trade relations. Design, innovation and green technology are in focus. I hope that I, together with Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, will be able to highlight the important and positive trade relations between our countries during our visit," says Dr Björling.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland 2013. Photo: UN Photo/Evan Schneider

SEK 1 million to preservation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

Today, 27 January, is the international remembrance day for victims of the Holocaust and the 69th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

By the new donation of SEK 1 million, Sweden has doubled its support to the international fund for the preservation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Photo: UN Geneva

Bildt to take part in Syria negotiations

Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt will head Sweden's delegation when the Syrian regime and opposition meet for negotiations in Montreux, Switzerland, on 22 January.

The Geneva II meeting has been organised by the UN and will later continue in Geneva. In addition to representatives of the Syrian regime and opposition, the UN has also invited 43 states (including Sweden) and international organisations that are important actors in the diplomatic efforts to end the conflict.

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2014 takes place in Davos. Photo: World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2014 in Davos

The major changes faced by the world are the focus ahead of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2014 in Davos. What will the consequences be for society, politics and business? This is a highly relevant theme, not least for Sweden, a small, open and strongly export-dependent economy.

New Raoul Wallenberg Prize to Roma filmmaker

Today a new Raoul Wallenberg Prize will be awarded at the headquarters of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. The prize has been established in memory of Raoul Wallenberg's achievements in Budapest in 1944-45. The first prizewinner is Roma activist and documentary filmmaker Elmas Arus from Turkey. Ms Arus will receive the prize for her contributions to raising awareness of the situation of Roma and to giving discrimination against Roma greater visibility in the political debate.

Stockholm Initiative for Digital Diplomacy (#SIDD), 16-17 January 2014

On January 16-17, the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt are bringing together a group of senior officials at the forefront of digital diplomacy for a 24-hour diplohack in Stockholm.
A dozen diplomats from all over the globe will work together with some of the best minds from academia and research, business and the media to produce concrete, feasible solutions for the diplomacy of the future.

TEDx Stockholm


Click here to watch the session entitled 'The New Diplomacy' to be transmitted live between 17.00 and 20.00 today.

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Free trade in focus for Sweden in 2014

The first round of negotiations on a future free trade agreement between the EU and the United States were held in July last year. The aim is to conclude negotiations by the end of 2014 or early 2015. It is very important to Sweden that we succeed.

"Ultimately, it's about making it easier for companies to offer their products and services to more consumers and businesses. A free trade agreement could provide a powerful energy boost to growth," says Sweden's Minister for Trade Ewa Björling.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt and OPCW Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü held a press conference in Stockholm. Photo: Malin Axelsson/MFA Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt and OPCW Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü held a press conference in Stockholm. Photo: Malin Axelsson/MFA

Bildt welcomed Director-General of the OPCW - Nobel Peace Prize winner

Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt and Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), held a joint press conference on Thursday at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm. The OPCW was awarded this year's Nobel Peace Prize.
Mr Bildt and Mr Üzümcü stressed the importance of continuing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons.
- We are confident that we will be able to meet the 30 June deadline of next year to complete the destruction of all chemical weapons in Syria, said Mr Üzümcü.

Overarching objectives for development cooperation from 2015

The Foreign Affairs Council for development cooperation issues meets in Brussels on 12 December. Discussions at the Council will cover the overarching development objectives for the post-2015 period. The ministers will also read the European Commission's report on coherence in development efforts. Minister for International Development Cooperation Hillevi Engström is representing Sweden at the Council meeting.