Sweden. Not the world’s biggest country, but known and beloved for many reasons, including its innovative businesses, aspiration to gender equality and generous welfare state. Yet – perhaps surprisingly – it is also a key player on the world stage. In 2015, the European Foreign Policy Scorecard ranked Sweden second among the EU’s foreign policy leaders, only next to Germany. How come this country managed to attain such an influential position in global affairs?
On 19 March, H.E. Per Holmström, the Ambassador of Sweden to the Netherlands and Permanent Representative to the OPCW, will speak about his country’s role as a diplomatic and humanitarian superpower in an increasingly uncertain multipolar world. He will touch upon Sweden’s activist diplomacy, support for democratic reform, strong position on climate change, concern for humanitarian aid and commitment to a values-based European foreign policy.
This lecture will take place in the Doopsgezinde Kerk (Oude Boteringestraat 33). It is free and open to everyone.