The King attends SIPRI's 50th anniversary celebrations

On Monday 22 February, The King took part in Stockholm International Peace Research Institute's (SIPRI's) 50th anniversary celebrations.

The celebrations began at SIPRI's head office in Solna, where Chairman Sven-Olof Petersson and Director Dan Smith welcomed those present.

The King then gave a speech, in which he spoke about SIPRI's role in an increasingly complex world where policymakers need to base their decisions on facts from objective sources. He added that SIPRI is such a source, and this is what has made SIPRI so successful.

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During the evening, Speaker of the Riksdag Urban Ahlin, Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström and SIPRI's Director Dan Smith also gave speeches.

The evening concluded with dinner at Stallmästargården.

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)

SIPRI was founded in 1966 at the initiative of Prime Minister Tage Erlander to commemorate Sweden's 150 years of peace. It is an independent research institute that studies armed conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament. SIPRI provides data, analysis and recommendations, based on open sources, to policymakers, researchers, media and the interested public. The institute has an international board.

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