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'Sweden has met every test of global citizenship'

April 09, 2015

The first woman to represent the US in foreign affairs, veteran politician Madeleine Albright spoke to The Local's blogger Natalia Brzezinski following a recent visit to Stockholm and reflected on Sweden's role in shaping global democracy.

Afghan student 'escaped' on secret Swedish plane

January 22, 2015

Sweden's former Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has admitted that he helped an Afghan student escape from Kabul in 2009 by sneaking him on to a Swedish government plane.

Bildt works as babysitter on Swedish reality show

December 19, 2014

Former Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has been given a cautious thumbs up for his child-minding abilities after appearing on a Swedish Celebrity Babysitter show.


New NGO job for Sweden's Carl Bildt

November 11, 2014

Sweden's former Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has got a new post on the board of Crisis Group, a not-for-profit international organization that works to prevent violent conflict.

Scotland Decides

Sweden welcomes Scotland's 'No' vote

September 19, 2014

Sweden’s outgoing foreign minister Carl Bildt has welcomed Scottish voters’ decision to reject independence from the UK in Thursday’s referendum. The pound rose against the krona following the result.

Bildt: 'We must increase efforts in Iraq'

August 19, 2014

After meeting with refugees and politicians in Iraq on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said Sweden must increase its efforts to help Iraq reach a lasting solution.

Sweden celebrates 200 years of peace

Sweden celebrates 200 years of peace

August 15, 2014

Sweden has not actively taken part in a war since 1814 - breaking even Switzerland's record for peace. One peace and conflict expert has told The Local that Swedes learned the hard way to take the non-confrontational stance.

Bildt lays out four steps to Gaza peace

July 31, 2014

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt stated that there are four steps to achieving peace in Gaza, and that it begins with removing the blockade - which has "played into Hamas' hands".


'Gaza conflict needs help, not empty rhetoric'

July 24, 2014

As the rhetoric rises at demonstrations in Swedish cities, Stockholm-based Israeli writer David Stavrou calls on Swedes to think before they shout and to cast a critical eye over much that is written and said about the conflict in Gaza.

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