The UAE will host Expo 2020!
  • Arabic
Supported by the UAE National Media Council
We are in the process of developing and improving our website, and we invite you to participate in our brief survey to measure the level of your satisfaction
Satisfaction Survey For UAE Interact Website
رغبة منا بالتعرف على مستوى رضاكم عن موقعنا وبهدف تطويره وتحسينه، فقد قمنا بتصميم استبيان سريع لقياس مدى الرضا عن موقع دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة روعي في تصميم الاستبيان أن يكون قصيرا وسريعا كي لا نطيل عليكم، وعليه نرجو منكم التكرم باستكماله عن طريق الرابط التالي
استبيان رضا المتعاملين عن موقع دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة

Speaker of Swedish Parliament sheds light on development of democracy

posted on 26/02/2010: 699 views

Public policy played a key role in contributing to Sweden's evolution from being one of Europe's poorest nations in 1870 to one of the top 10 richest nations in the world, according to HE Mr. Per Westerberg, Speaker of the Swedish Parliament, or Riksdag.

Westerberg's observation was made during a talk hosted by the Dubai School of Government (DSG) on "International Relations and the Development of Democracy." Sharing his views on the importance of public policy and the role of democracy in shaping international relations, he also addressed the issue of building a stable democracy in the Arab world.

He said: "Democracy has evolved peacefully in Sweden for over 600 years, with no major revolution in the nation's history over the centuries. While it started off as a system where voting rights were reserved only for a select population comprising the affluent and powerful members of the society, it gradually became the system that exists today." Emphasizing the fact that democracy is linked with public policy, freedom and welfare, he underlined the significance of issues such as gender equality and freedom of the press in stimulating the growth of the democratic machinery.

Commenting on the issue of immigration policies in the European Union (EU), Westerberg said: "Sweden's policy on immigration has been friendly. Since the Gulf War of 2003, Sweden alone has welcomed more refugees from Iraq than the rest of the EU and the US put together.

"Due to an unprecedented increase in the number of immigrants seeking refuge in the Europe, there has been a tendency to view the phenomenon with suspicion. We are still supportive of the motion that immigration laws for educated professionals who can work in specialized fields and add value must be relaxed. That is the only way forward for future growth in the European Union." Per Westerberg, the longest-serving member of the Swedish parliament (Riksdag), was elected Speaker in 2006. Originally elected in 1979 for his home county of Sedermanland, he has been active in politics since 1966, when he joined the Youth League of the Moderate Party. During the Moderate-led government of 1991-1994, Westerberg served as the Minister for Industry and Trade.

Dr. Tarik Yousef, Dean of Dubai School of Government, said: "At the Dubai School of Government, as in most other think tanks, we look up to Sweden as an example of a nation that has grown in the right direction. We are honoured to host Per Westerberg and are keen to apply the insights he shared today to public policy issues of governance that affect the Arab world." Established in 2005 in cooperation with the Harvard Kennedy School, the Dubai School of Government is committed to the creation of knowledge and the dissemination of global best practices in the Arab world. The institution conducts various programmes that seek to enhance the region's capacity for effective public policies. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


29 June 2017 Mohamed bin Zayed gets phone call from Bill Gates
22 June 2017 Mohamed bin Zayed, Serbian President discuss bilateral ties of friendship, cooperation
22 June 2017 Mohamed bin Zayed holds talks with French President
22 June 2017 Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, French FM discuss strengthening relations
14 June 2017 Mohamed bin Zayed and President of Russia discuss regional development, efforts to combat terrorism

Most Read