Sweden remembers Brussels attacks victims
The Local · 24 Mar 2016, 10:15
Published: 24 Mar 2016 10:15 GMT+01:00
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Monuments across the Swedish capital were lit up in the colours of the Belgian flag on Wednesday night in a show of solidarity with Brussels. Stockholm's tallest building, the Kaknäs Tower, was one of them.
The Kaknäs Tower. Photo: Marcus Ericsson/TT
"We're mourning with Brussels," said Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven when he paid tribute to the victims and denounced the attacks on Tuesday. "This strikes at the democratic node of Europe."
I wish to express my deepest solidarity and heartfelt condolences to the Belgian people. My thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims. We share your pain. Sweden stands united with the people and the Government of Belgium against terrorism and in defence of our open societies. With my deepest respect, Stefan Löfven
The flag was left on half mast outside the Belgian Embassy in Stockholm. A book of condolences was available for those wishing to leave a message of support.
The Belgian Embassy in Stockholm. Photo: Marcus Ericsson/TT
Stockholm's Tele2 Arena, which is right next to the Globe Arena where Eurovision Song Contest 2016 is set to be held in May this year, was also lit up.
The Tele2 Arena. Photo: Marcus Ericsson/TT
More than 30 people died in Tuesday's bombings and around 200 were injured. New Karolinska Solna, a hospital being built north of Stockholm, also took the opportunity to pay tribute to victims.
New Karolinska University Hospital Solna. Photo: Marcus Ericsson/TT
A minute of silence was held in several locations across Sweden on Wednesday. In Stockholm, the government gathered for a silent moment to remember the victims at 3pm. Below are flowers and candles left on the steps of the Belgian Embassy in Stockholm.
Floral tributes. Photo: Marcus Ericsson/TT