Finland's President Sauli Niinistö and Chief of Military Staff Major General Håkan Pettersson with The King at the Society and Defence National Conference. Photo: Henrik Montgomery
On Sunday 12 and Monday 13 January, The King attended the Society and Defence National Conference in Sälen.
The conference began on the Sunday, with Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's speech on Sweden in a globalised world. Finland's President Sauli Niinistö then spoke about the world and Finland's prioritisations. The afternoon also included a discussion on Sweden's future security policy: two perspectives from Göran Hägglund, party leader of the Christian Democrats, and Åsa Romson, spokesperson for the Green Party. Other subjects discussed on the Sunday included "Power and the media: how is our image of the world formed?" The Monday began with Stefan Löfven, party leader of the Social Democratic Party, speaking about Sweden's future security policy. Jan Björklund, party leader of the Liberal Party, and Jonas Sjöstedt, party leader of the Left Party, then held a discussion on "Sweden's future security policy: two perspectives". During the afternoon, PJ Anders Linder, Editor-in-Chief of Axess, and Annika Nordgren Christensen, an expert on defence and security policy, spoke about the parties' security policies.
About the Society and Defence National Conference
The Society and Defence National Conference took place in Sälen on 12-14 January. The aim of the conference was to disseminate topical information about security policy and defence, and to encourage debate on these issues. Find out more about Society and Defence here.