Article in Brainheart

Description: Spring 2001 So we are back to hieroglyphics. Or how about :-). A typical hieroglyphic. And to ciphers for the initiated. imho (in my humble opinion). E-mail language is special. Where I work – at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs –I see right away who has grown up with e-mail and who is still writing by hand and having someone else send it. The latter category of e-mails consists of a full page, starting and ending with polite phrases. E-mail has stripped away unnecessary words. Chatting, too, consists of only a few lines. Brief and to the point, not unlike the time when it...

Swedish Media in Transition

Description: The Future of mass media is now — in Sweden Our two sons – aged 25 and 19 — both got WAP telephones a month ago. The Olympic Games were about to start, and they wanted to have latest results immediately–not have to wait for newspapers a day later, or TV or radio with their news briefs once an hour. WAP stands for Wireless Application Protocol — a way to surf on the net using your cellphone. It’s no surprise that this happened in Sweden. As unsurprising that as far back as four years ago, my son and all of his high school classmates all had cell phones, or that my...

Cyberrumors

Description: Article in SACC / San Fransico magazine Two months ago, an unknown individual drove up the stock prices of Neurosearch, the Danish pharmaceutical company. A press release — with the letterhead of the SE Bank — announced that another Danish company had made an advantageous takeover bid. The stock immediately rose by just over twelve percent. There was the fact that the press release had been sent from a 7 Eleven store — it was even listed as the sender — and everybody knows, if you stop to think about it, both that scanning the bank’s stationery is a cinch and that...

Introduction on Seminar on Design

Description: Spring 2000 Thank you, it is an honour to be here at the American Craft Museum. I want start by thanking Holly Hotchner and David McFadden – both prominent leaders within the field of art and design – and good friends of Sweden. They are both knowledgeable and interested in the special tradition of Scandinavian design. Today’s seminar focuses on the new generation in Swedish furniture design, with the participation of designers and producers from the Swedish province of Småland. This part of Sweden is primarily know abroad for its glass industry. But in Sweden, it...

Nobel Dinner Speach 1999

Description: Nobel Dinner Speach 99 Your Royal Highness Honored Nobel Laureates Ladies and gentlemen Inger and I would like to welcome you to this evening’s dinner in honor of the American recipents of the Nobel Prize. We are especially pleased to be able to welcome two of last year’s winners: Professor Robert Furchgott and Professor Horst Störmer who received the awards for medicine and physics respectively. Three hours ago the guests rose from the table at the Nobel Banquet in the Stockholm City Hall, the scene of an unforgettable evening for many of us who are here...

Sacc Speach

Description: Sacc Speach Thank you for this opportunity to share some thoughts on today’s Sweden, give some aspects on Sweden and also, at the same time, introduce myself, being a newcomer to New York. As you may know, I am a newcomer also to the Foreign Service, and I will in advance pray for forgiveness for my shortcomings in this area. Although I have worked and lived in Sweden all my life, I have represented my country in various international arenas, for instance as a member of the G10 deputies to the IMF and as the President of the Board of the Nordic Investment Bank. When the...