Today it is our national day, 6th of June. 10 million people celebrates our country.
We are proud of our country, a trading nation known for peace, equality and solidarity. No other nation in the world contributes more per capita than Sweden to the fight against poverty through aid and development support. In addition no country in the European Union has welcomed more refugees per capita than our country.
This is in our DNA, a hundred and fifty years ago we were very poor country and more than one third of the population had to emigrate to America to avoid starvation. We remember where we come from.
We are vikings, trading people and a nation of innovators. People and grest innovators like Alfred Nobel (dynamite), Sven Wingquist (bearings), Christopher Polhem (the padlock), Nils Bohlin (the seatbelt), Johan Petter Johanson (the wrench), Gustaf de Laval (the steam turbin) just to mention some, shaped our country.
Sweden is also a beautiful land with fresh air and water and a facinating landscape.
I always say that we have the most beautiful capital city in the world, Stockholm. Located on 35.000 islands in an archepelago.
Another special feature is the Northern Lights that paints our sky in wintertime.
People from Sweden love sports. Our favourite sports are; football (soccer), icehockey, handball, skiing (cross country/downhill), tennis and golf.
Our biggest sports star (by far) is soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Congratulations Sweden, the land of hope and dreams. I am proud of you.