Sweden has for a long time been one of the candidates for the United Nations Security Council 2016.

The election was held today in the UN building in New York. 

It required 128 votes to be elected and Sweden received 134 votes in the first round, well over the two thirds majority required. Sweden competed with Netherlands and Italy and won the the first western European place in the security council. 

Sweden was the only country, out of total five new Security Council Members, that was elected in the first round.

Sweden got a long applause in the General Assembly when the result was announced. Foreign Minister Margot Wallström and UN Ambassador Olof Skoog represented Sweden at the meeting.

“I am happy and proud and I want to thank all the countries that voted for us”, said Margot Wallström during a press conference after the vote. “We will now do what we promised to do. We will work with women, peace and security. We promise to be transparent and talk to the country, instead about them”.

This will be the fourth time that Sweden decomes Member of the 15 country strong and very powerful security council. Sweden will be a Member for the next two years. 

Sweden also holds the position of Deputy Secretary General of United Nations, through our superdiplomat Jan Eliasson. 

There are 330.000 citizens on Iceland and 33.000 football players whereof 15.000 are men playing football. 3000 play adult first team football and 100 of them play professional football. 

The eleven brave

11 of these players play England in the knock-out round of the EuroCup 2016 tonight. Are they without any chance to win? No, absolutely not. This team beat Netherlands in the qualification 2-0 and 1-0. They played 1-1 vs Portugal and Hungary and they beat Austri 2-1 in the EuroCup group games. The secret? They are coached by a Swedish guy, Lars Lagerbäck. Get a Swedish manager and you will win. 

Icelandic National Football Team Manager, Swedish Lars Lagerbäck

Well, that is probably not the entire trith and the only reason but former Swedish national team coach Lagerbäck is extremely popular in Iceland due to his four years as head coach of the Icelandic football team. In fact he is so popular that people say he could become President of Iceland if he entered the election later this year. 

With my dear friend Snorri Olsen in Reykjavik

What Iceland has done in the EuroCup 2016 already is remarkable. This is due to te fact that Icelandic people are remarkable people. Iceland is a great country and a very beautiful island. If you haven’t been there I sincerely recommend you to go. 

Great places to visit on Iceland

There are many amazing places to see when visiting Iceland. It is a very beautiful and different landscape. 

Having a hot dog at Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur 

However the most famous place is a hot dog stand! This is in fact probably the worlds’ most famous hot dog stand, Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur in Reykjavik. All famous people visiting Iceland go here. So you will see photos of Bill Clinton, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and many others have eaten the famous hot dogs. Me too naturally. 

I have a Chilean part of my family and a lot of Chilean friends so I share their joy and hapiness over having become American (South, Central & North America) football Champions for a second time in a row last night, winning Copa America after 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out vs Argentina in the final. 

This proves that Chile for the moment has the best team in the Americas. There are some countries that have great players, but Chile certainly has a golden generation of players that really performs as a team. Congratulations Chile!