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18th August 2015 Stockholm, Sweden

Paul Johnston

by Paul Johnston

Ambassador to Sweden

Four Years in Stockholm

Four years after arriving here, I leave Stockholm at the end of this week for a new posting at the UK delegation to NATO in Brussels. I’m looking forward to the new job and new city. But it will be hard to leave Stockholm, and I will carry with me many memories of this wonderful […]

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22nd December 2014 Stockholm, Sweden

Paul Johnston

by Paul Johnston

Ambassador to Sweden

A Tale of Three Cities

Today I am pleased to welcome a guest blogger on my blog, Sir David King, The Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative on Climate Change. He recently visited Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo and shares his experiences of sustainable urban transport: Sustainable Transport:  A Tale of Three Cities.  It was the worst of times for the climate; it […]

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16th October 2014 Stockholm, Sweden

Paul Johnston

by Paul Johnston

Ambassador to Sweden

Inequality: Injustice in Action

16 October is Blog Action day. And this year’s theme is inequality. So here’s a blog about inequality. Tackling inequality is an important part of UK foreign policy. Two of our six human rights priorities are specifically about inequality, including women’s rights and freedom of religion and belief. For us, the promotion and protection of […]

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13th October 2014 Stockholm, Sweden

Paul Johnston

by Paul Johnston

Ambassador to Sweden

Challenges and Opportunities for Europe

A new Swedish government has taken office. A new European Commission is about to. It seemed to me a good time to set out some thoughts on some of the big priorities facing the UK, Sweden and our EU partners over the coming months. Here’s a translation of the article I wrote for Saturday’s Dagens […]

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4th September 2014 Stockholm, Sweden

Paul Johnston

by Paul Johnston

Ambassador to Sweden

IT Startup communities in Stockholm and London: Never Mind the Gap

Last November I was in London with the Crown Princess and Prince Daniel. They visited Cambridge University, an inner-city London school, the Google Campus and Tech City in East London. It was the latter visits which inspired my Swedish counterpart in London and me to think about a follow-up event focusing on how the flourishing […]

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30th June 2014 Stockholm, Sweden

Paul Johnston

by Paul Johnston

Ambassador to Sweden

Europe: After the Vote

Much ink has already been spilled (or many keys have already been tapped) in analysing the European Council’s decision to nominate Jean-Claude Juncker to head the European Commission. My government has been clear that the decision was wrong in principle, as a matter as process and as an issue of policy. For that reason the […]

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9th May 2014 Stockholm, Sweden

Paul Johnston

by Paul Johnston

Ambassador to Sweden

Two Elections, One Day, One Europe

Britain and Sweden see eye to eye on the implications of the Ukraine crisis. Here’s a translation of the article I wrote for Swedish national newspaper Dagens Industri today. In less than three weeks’ time, the people of Ukraine go to the polls in Presidential elections that will determine the future direction of their country. According […]

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28th April 2014 Stockholm, Sweden

Paul Johnston

by Paul Johnston

Ambassador to Sweden

Remembrance and Reconciliation

Only the sound of birdsong broke the silence as we stood with our heads bowed. A gentle wind rustled the blossom in the trees on the hillside as a hundred people gathered to remember the sacrifice of the young men of Australia, New Zealand and Canada who fought and died for the freedom of Europe […]

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31st March 2014 Stockholm, Sweden

Paul Johnston

by Paul Johnston

Ambassador to Sweden

Decoding the English Language: Sense and Sensibility

When I was learning Swedish in London I studied in a language training centre, where post pupils were European business men and women seeking to improve their English. While I tried to do my Swedish homework, my thoughts often strayed to what I could overhear of the classes in the neighbouring rooms. Hearing the teachers […]

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