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Chinese Ambassador Gui accepts interview of Chinese language media in Sweden

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Jan. 2, 2019(Greenpost) –On December 29th, Chinese Ambassador Gui Congyou accepted a written interview with three Chinese-language media in Sweden including Green Post. The full text is as follows:

  Q: Dear Ambassador Gui Congyou, how do you evaluate the development of Sino-Swedish relations in the past year?

A: 2018 is a very important year for both China and Sweden. The year 2018 is the first year for China to fully implement the spirit of the 19th Party Congress and the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening up. Sweden held a general election in September. Over the past year, Sino-Swedish relations have maintained an overall stable development, and new achievements have been made in pragmatic cooperation in various fields.

First, the two sides maintained exchanges at all levels and in various fields. The diplomatic departments of the two countries maintain regular communication. Swedish Infrastructure Minister  Tomas Eneroth led a delegation to attend the first China International Import Expo held in Shanghai in early November this year. The pragmatic cooperation of the two countries and provincial and municipal delegations frequently exchanged visits, and exchanges between the economic, trade, scientific research and education sectors were close.

Second, economic and trade cooperation continued to grow rapidly. From January to October, Sino-Swedish bilateral trade volume increased by 17% to 12.4 billion US dollars. The annual trade volume and Sweden’s trade surplus with China are expected to reach new heights. China-Sweden “One Belt, One Road” cooperation has made positive progress. China Eastern Airlines has opened a direct flight from Shanghai to Stockholm. The Swedish province of Dalarna has opened its doors to China in the city of Ganzhou, Jiangxi Province. During the first Expo, Swedish companies signed a contract worth US$500 million with China.

Third, exchanges and cooperation in science and technology, culture, and education have maintained a good momentum. Professor Chen Zhu, a famous Chinese scientist, won the Swedish Sjöberg Prize. The China Association for Science and Technology and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering signed a cooperation agreement. The first Chinese Culture Festival was successfully held in the King’s Tree Garden(Kungsträdgården) in Stockholm’s landmark venue. Many outstanding Chinese art groups gave performances in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Falköping  and were well received by the local people.

Fourth, China and Sweden have conducted close communication and coordination in the multilateral arena. Facing the uncertainty of the  international situation, China and Sweden firmly support multilateralism, advocate free trade and oppose unilateralism and protectionism. The two sides have conducted effective coordination within the multilateral framework such as the UN Security Council, and conducted sound communication on hot issues in the DPRK nuclear and Yemen, and jointly committed to maintaining world peace, stability and development.

At the same time, we also saw that China-Sweden relations have been disrupted by some negative factors this year. The Swedish police treatment of the three Chinese tourists harmed their basic human rights such as personal safety and dignity. The Swedish TV station produced an insulting program which caused strong indignation and solemn protests from all Chinese people and the vast number of overseas Chinese in Sweden. This has damaged the good image of Sweden in China. We continue to urge the Swedish side to openly and sincerely apologise for the above negative events. Being ignorant about China, some politicians, media and forces in Sweden have wrongly accused China  and even interfered in China’s internal affairs. These negative factors have undoubtedly created unnecessary obstacles to the development of China-Sweden friendly cooperation. We are firmly opposed to this.

In general, I feel that friendly cooperation is the mainstream of Sino-Swedish relations. Promoting the positive development of bilateral relations is the common aspiration of the two peoples. The deepening of Sino-Swedish relations has deep potential and broad prospects. China has always been committed to promoting the continuous development of China-Sweden friendly cooperation. It is hoped that the Swedish side will go hand in hand with the Chinese side. On the basis of mutual respect and equal treatment, seek common ground while reserving differences, build consensus, and achieve win-win cooperation, creating favorable conditions for the healthy and stable development of China-Sweden relations.

Q: The Swedish media has a new understanding of you. They think that you like to confront the Swedish media. You often point out their mistakes. What is your comment on this comment?

A: The media is an important bridge between the two peoples and plays an important role in enhancing mutual understanding between the two sides. I have noticed that with the rapid development of China and the continuous expansion of China-Sweden cooperation, the Swedish media is paying more and more attention to China. There are many objective and positive reports on the development achievements of China’s reform and opening up over the past 40 years. Mutual benefit cooperation in economic and trade investment, scientific and technological innovation, energy conservation and environmental protection. Such reports will help the Swedish people to fully and accurately understand China and facilitate the smooth development of bilateral relations.

At the same time, there are still some media and journalists in Sweden who look at China with colored glasses. They are full of prejudice, stereotypes, ignorance and arrogance against China, and blame China without any basis. The China they wrote about is far  from the real contemporary China. Some media only allow themselves to distort China, but they cannot allow others to speak about China’s achievements and China’s position. This is a serious violation of the moral principles of the journalism profession. It is a typical media tyranny and public opinion dictatorship, and is not conducive to the smooth development of Sino-Swedish relations. In order to prevent these false reports from misleading the Swedish people and affecting the friendly cooperation between the two peoples, we shall realistically point out their mistakes and clarify China’s position. We welcome the constructive comments of the Swedish friends, but we have to respond to some of the crimes that are completely unconventional and with prejudice. The reason that we take the trouble to  point out the mistakes that some media and journalists have made is hoping that they will join in the Sino-Swedish friendly cooperation. We hope that the Swedish people will have full access to information and understand an objective and authentic China. I hope that some Swedish media and journalists will let go of arrogance and prejudice, truly follow the professional ethics of journalism, and treat China in an objective and fair manner. As an ambassador, the door to dialogue and communication has always been open.

Q: 2019 is the 70th anniversary of China’s founding of the People’s Republic of China, and the 69th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Sweden. What is your outlook on Sino-Swedish relations in this important historical period? What major events are expected to occur?

A: 2019 is the 70th anniversary of the founding of New China. It is a crucial year for winning the goal of building a well-off society in an all-round way and achieving the goal of the first century in China. On the basis of summing up the achievements of the reform and opening up experience over the past 40 years, we will start with new morale and inherit the new development concept of innovation, coordination, green, openness and sharing, and continue to strive to achieve the goals of “two hundred years” and realise the dream of rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.  This will definitely bring new important opportunities for the development of Sino-Swedish  relations.

In 2019, China and Sweden will carry out more dialogues and exchanges at all levels and in various fields to enhance the frequency of exchanges and enhance mutual understanding. The Swedish cabinet formation process is still ongoing. After the formation of the new Swedish government, we are willing to communicate with the Swedish side to jointly plan the development of bilateral relations in the next stage. The two sides should continue to expand pragmatic cooperation in various fields, implement the consensus reached, and actively expand cooperation in the fields of innovation, green economy, energy conservation and environmental protection, and high-end manufacturing, so that the two peoples can gain more sense of gain. We are willing to join hands with Swedish friends to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China and the 69th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Sweden. We will carry forward the traditional friendship between the two countries and give full play to the potential of cooperation to inject positive energy and new impetus into Sino-Swedish relations.

Q: What are your will and expectations for the overseas Chinese in Sweden?

A: In 2018, the embassy resolutely implemented Xi Jinping’s socialist ideology with Chinese characteristics in the new era, upholding the principle of “diplomacy for the people”, actively implementing the party and government’s Huiqiao Huimin policy(policy that benefits overseas Chinese and Swedish Chinese), and ensuring that the motherland’s concern for the vast number of overseas Chinese is implemented. The Embassy highly appreciated and actively supported the overseas Chinese  in their efforts to build a harmonious overseas Chinese society, carry out Chinese education, and safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of compatriots in Sweden, and implemented a series of convenient measures to apply for consular documents.

In 2019, the consular department of the Embassy will be officially renamed the Consular Affairs Department. This change highlights the increasingly important position of the overseas Chinese work in the overall work of the Embassy and reflects the determination of the Embassy to better serve the overseas Chinese. I hope that through our efforts, the vast number of overseas Chinese companions will feel happier and happier. The process of China’s 40 years of reform and opening up has fully proved that the vast number of overseas Chinese are important witnesses, participants and contributors to reform and opening up. It is hoped that the overseas Chinese compatriots will seize the historical opportunity of the new round of reform and opening up of the motherland, continue to carry forward the glorious tradition of patriotism and love the country, firmly safeguard the motherland’s reunification, care for and support the development of the motherland, actively promote the pragmatic cooperation and humanities exchanges between China and Sweden, and promote outstanding Chinese culture. To make new contributions to the Chinese dream of building a well-off society in an all-round way and realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

2019 is coming soon, I would like to take this opportunity to extend the blessings of the New Year to the vast number of overseas Chinese. I wish you all the best in the new year, taking advantage of the development of the motherland, sharing the dividends of the motherland’s prosperity and revival, and achieving a better life pursuit.

Photo: Xuefei Chen Axelsson

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s New Year Message

This past year has been a year to commemorate Finland’s Civil War of 1918. The year began with a joint declaration of the parties in Parliament, in which we committed to the principles of democracy and the rule of law and condemned all use of violence in politics. Our shared wish was to commemorate the anniversary in the spirit of reconciliation.

This wish has been fulfilled. The commemorative year has united our nation. After a hundred years, it is now finally possible to mourn together without vengefulness or bitterness. Research has shed valuable new light on the events of 1918.

In the joint declaration of the party leaders, we also promised to take care of Finland’s rule of law, which is based on respect for laws and an independent judiciary. We emphasised that no one in Finland has the right to take the law into their own hands.

News stories from Oulu over the past few weeks have once again drawn attention to the principles of the rule of law. The suspected acts of sexual abuse of minors have provoked feelings of shock and anger among the people of Finland.

First of all, every person who comes here must comply with Finnish laws and respect the integrity of all persons. We will not compromise on this in any way. People who are guilty of crimes are held responsible for their actions according to the principles of the rule of law. Serious offences also have a negative effect on the decision to grant permanent residence permits.

Second, it is important to remember that in this case, too, the suspected offences have been committed by individuals, not population groups. The incidents are being investigated by the police and the judgments will be made by the independent judiciary. I urge everyone not to use these events to incite hatred against refugees or people with a foreign background. It is important to remember that in a state governed by the rule of law, taking the law into one’s own hands is a crime, as is spreading hate speech.

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When it comes to the economy, the year now coming to a close has marked the third consecutive year of strong growth. Thanks to this growth, the employment rate has improved significantly, with more than 130,000 new jobs created over the electoral term. This has played an important role in preventing increases in inequality and income disparity.

This year, the employment rate increased to 72 per cent. The Government’s target has now been achieved. I am especially happy that we have managed to halve the rate of long-term unemployment. In order to secure the welfare society, this positive development needs to continue. Over the next government term, the employment rate must be increased to 75 per cent. This means we must continue to implement systematic reforms. For example, we have to make it easier for people with partial work ability to be part of the workforce.

The pull of the global economy has further accelerated the growth. Achieving this growth has also required a systematic approach and cooperation in managing the country’s economy. The Competitiveness Pact of 2016 played a decisive role in achieving our objectives. Labour market organisations took responsibility for restoring our competitiveness. Now we can enjoy the fruits of the Pact in the form of new jobs.

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One of Finland’s most important strengths is its ability to engage in cooperation that transcends ideological borders. Moving forward, this is a tradition we should continue to foster.

We have recently seen examples of how a lack of cooperation can shake even the strongest democracies.

The era of ideologies is not over, as was predicted not long ago. On the contrary, strong ideological movements, organised in the form of political parties, are an essential precondition for democracy.

Parties must be able to maintain a direct connection with the feelings and wishes of citizens. If this connection is lost, parties can be replaced by other forces. In the worst case, we may have to face the rise of extremist movements that openly scorn and ridicule the principles of democracy, the rule of law and human rights. Lessons from history about the devastating effects of such forces must not be forgotten.

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Next July will mark exactly one hundred years since the entry into force of Finland’s republican constitution. Finland chose to be a democratic republic rather than a monarchy. The republic means that all Finns are equal in the eyes of society. One hundred years ago, the republic was a sign of confidence, a message that power belongs to the people and that the people are able to make responsible decisions together.

Next year, we will see a celebration of democracy when our country holds its parliamentary elections. We are facing significant challenges, both in Finland and in our cooperation on the international stage. I hope to see honest campaigning focused on finding solutions, rather than inciting fear and placing blame. I believe that voters share this hope.

Around Christmas, we saw an encouraging example of cooperation, as all parties in Parliament, with the exception of one, came together to agree on common climate policy goals. This provides an excellent foundation for our work in the last half of next year when Finland takes on the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

今日头条:经商处韩晓东参赞率领中资机构代表参观“瑞典人眼中的中国”图片展

北欧绿色邮报网报道(记者陈雪霏)– 12月17日下午,中国驻瑞典大使馆经商处韩晓东参赞,科技处戴钢参赞和中资机构的代表包括瑞典中国商会会长、中国银行斯德哥尔摩分行行长郝连才,国航斯德哥尔摩营业部总经理朱津川,五矿代表等一行10多人来到斯德哥尔摩中国文化中心参观“瑞典人眼中的中国”图片展。

斯德哥尔摩中国文化中心主任浦正东对大家的到来表示欢迎。本次图片展由北欧绿色邮报网和瑞典相机与图片杂志社联合举办。

北欧绿色邮报网主编陈雪霏介绍说,本次图片展是两次中国之行的有机合作。她本人于2018年8月24-31日应国务院新闻办和新疆新闻办的邀请与13个国家的14位国际记者和21位国内主流媒体记者一起到新疆采访,主要访问了乌鲁木齐的中欧班列集结中心、大巴扎、昌吉和阿勒泰布尔津县的五彩滩、戈宝麻基地和喀纳斯湖风景区。她从1000多幅照片中选出30张与大家分享,充分反映了新疆在以习近平总书记为核心的党中央和地方政府的坚强领导下和谐稳定,安全团结的局面以及新疆北部地区丰富而美丽的旅游资源。

主办方的另一方瑞典相机与图片杂志社于11月组织了15名摄影爱好者到北京的金山岭长城、颐和园、张家界和桂林的漓江进行了为期10天的风景拍摄旅游,带回了中国美丽的高山大川的风景图片。在这里展出的为11名摄影师和摄影爱好者的34张图片。

其中北京的金山岭长城是最新开发的长城风景区,别有一番风味。他们起大早到那里拍摄。让人领略长城的晨曦之美、日出之美。

在张家界,人们可以看到云雾缭绕,充满神秘色彩的高山。据说电影《阿凡达》的部分景观就是在这里拍摄的。很多瑞典人对人们如何能登上这样高的山感到很纳闷,原来除了盘山公路,人们还安装了电梯,所以,可以顺利抵达山顶。从这一点上也反映了中国的巨大进步。

漓江的渔夫靠旅游业能挣更多的钱。

这些图片也反映了瑞典人对中国的感情。其中的这幅漓江图片是查理花了两年的时间终于找到了漓江的这张图片的拍摄地,并最终实现了到那里拍摄的愿望。

查理拍摄的天门走钢丝表演。这是以前踩点时拍摄的。

瓦姆兰的基蒂.拉尔松也以自己独特的视角和独特的长廊展现中国漓江的文化特色。

陈雪霏说,在新疆的布尔津县五彩滩,风景多样,既有戈壁,也有雅丹地貌,还有向北冰洋流的水系和胡杨树。戈宝麻使戈壁变成绿洲,喀纳斯湖的绿水和月亮湾、卧龙湾的美丽真的让人留恋忘返。

韩晓东参赞高度评价本次图片展。他说,看了图片展以后,感觉中国的地大物博实实在在,很多人都没有去过新疆,看了图片展以后,都萌生了要去新疆走一走看一看的念头。通过此次图片展,也了解了很多国内的情况,这对讲好中国故事也是十分有益的,是一次学习的好机会。

 

今日头条:桂从友大使在“瑞典人眼中的中国”图片展开幕式上的致辞

北欧绿色邮报网报道:中国驻瑞典大使桂从友12月15日出席在斯德哥尔摩中国文化中心举办的“瑞典人眼中的中国”图片展并发表重要讲话。全文如下:桂从友大使致辞。

尊敬的“北欧绿色邮报网”主编陈雪霏女士,

尊敬的“相机和摄影”杂志摄影师克拉斯先生,

女士们、先生们、朋友们:

非常高兴出席由瑞典“北欧绿色邮报网”和“相机和摄影”杂志联合主办的“瑞典人眼中的中国”图片展开幕式。我谨代表中国驻瑞典大使馆,对各位朋友的到来表示诚挚的欢迎,对图片展的成功举办表示热烈祝贺!

这次图片展展出的都是瑞典媒体朋友和摄影爱好者在中国拍摄的作品。近期,“北欧绿色邮报网”主编陈雪霏女士赴中国新疆采访,“相机和摄影”杂志的10多位记者和摄影爱好者赴北京、张家界、桂林等地采风。他们用相机记录了一个真实、客观的中国。其中有新疆阿勒泰独特的雅丹地貌,也有张家界的“奇峰三千”;有连接欧亚大陆的中欧班列,也有蓬勃发展的风电产业;有幸福和谐的新疆各族人民,也有桂林漓江上孤舟蓑笠的渔翁。这些图片让我们领略了中国的美丽风光与和谐的人文风貌,大饱眼福。相信各位朋友也能从这些作品中体会到中国深厚的文化积淀,感受到当代中国的蓬勃生机。

陈雪霏主编致辞

  这次图片展也是中瑞民间友好交流的一项积极成果。中瑞虽然相距遥远,但两国的友好交往源远流长。新形势下,中瑞两国的相互了解、相互尊重、加强交流、互学互鉴,比历史上任何时候都更为重要。改革开放40年,不仅让中国融入了广阔的世界,也带给世界一个全新的中国。中国早已不是40年前的中国。中国人常讲,眼见为实,耳听为虚。我们欢迎两国社会各界多走动,多交流,特别是希望更多瑞典朋友去中国,亲眼观察当代中国,亲身感受中华文化的特色与魅力、中国社会的进步与活力、中国人民的友好与真诚。

摄影师克拉斯.基石先生致辞

  最后,预祝此次图片展圆满成功。谢谢!

今日头条:瑞典华人工商联合总会隆重举办2018圣诞新年联欢晚会

北欧绿色邮报网北欧中华网报道(记者陈雪霏)– 12月25日圣诞节当晚,斯德哥尔摩Upplandsvasby的聚福园饭店张灯结彩,充满节日的喜庆!瑞典华人工商联合总会在这里隆重举办2018圣诞新年联欢晚会。

出席联欢晚会的嘉宾有中国驻瑞典大使桂从友和夫人宋景丽女士,侨务领事处处长张磊、瑞典华人工商联合总会荣誉会长王永凯、中资机构代表、各个侨团的侨领、媒体代表和瑞典友人。工商联理事会成员、会员及家属们等300多人出席了这场充满喜庆祥和的联欢晚会。

中国驻瑞典大使桂从友先生致辞说,非常高兴能参加工商联举办的圣诞新年晚会,下午参加了瑞典青田同乡会的圣诞新年联欢会,通过这两个活动,深切感受到了瑞典的年味儿。在瑞典圣诞节,就相当于中国的大年初一,人们都很喜庆串亲访友,远在瑞典的华人华侨选择在这一天聚集在一起庆祝这个节日。瑞典华人工商联合总会多年来在团结华人华侨,弘扬中华文化等方面做了大量的工作。出席今天的联欢晚会的不仅有华人华侨还有瑞典朋友,这说明你们和瑞典朋友能够坐到一起,交到朋友,对此我表示赞赏。祝愿你们在新的一年里取得更大的成绩。

桂大使说,中国驻瑞典使馆领事部现在已经正式提升为领事侨务处,目的是提升侨务工作在使领馆中的地位和作用。使馆领事侨务处的硬件软件条件也有很大提高,但是,我们的担子更重了,任务更重了,我们将加倍努力,竭诚为大家服务好。

瑞典华人工商联合总会会长王俞力用中文和瑞典文对来宾表示热烈欢迎。

他说,2018年是我当选瑞典华人工商联合总会会长的第一年,也有幸当选为中国侨联第十届委员会海外委员,我时刻准备着怎么样能够更好地为工商联的会员服务。在大使馆的支持下,各侨团的帮助下,在会员的努力下,我们取得了一定的成绩,在此对大家表示诚挚的感谢。在过去一年里,工商联访问了浙江丽水市侨办,青田侨办和侨联,参加了第20届欧华联会,接待了上海市侨务访问团,安徽省,江苏省,广州市侨务代表团,在关键时刻,与祖国站在一起,为保护华人华侨的利益,贡献自己的绵薄之力,多次参加了兄弟协会的活动,召开了理事会,设立了青田“警侨驿站”斯德哥尔摩服务中心(青田“警侨驿站”斯德哥尔摩服务中心主任是夏海龙)。在新的一年里,我会一如既往地继续为会员服务好,为中瑞交流做出新的贡献。

瑞典斯德哥尔摩华助中心王建荣主任在致辞中表示,作为前任会长他和首任老会长王永凯都将继续支持瑞典华人工商联合总会会长王俞力的工作,希望年轻人大胆地往前走。他同时表示,身为海外华人,他也愿意继续鼓励华人工商联的会员们积极参与到中国的一带一路倡议的落实实践中去。

在优美的二胡和古筝的演奏下,大家开始品尝中国美食。美食过后是文艺演出。

本次圣诞联欢晚会由朱瀛盈和谭帅主持,瑞典华人工商联合总会秘书长刘晨主持了前半部分。

斯京著名昆曲票友(科研工作者)郝景霞表演昆曲牡丹亭片段。

瑞典友人Magnus演奏长笛为大家助兴。他说,他是因为结缘中医才来到这里的。

瑞典著名华人女高音歌唱家邹荣美再次激情演唱的《我爱你中国》把晚会推向高潮。期间还有很多乐器弹奏,给圣诞节增添了无比温馨的气氛。夏俊杰演唱的《叶落归根》也充满了爱国之情,洋溢着中华文化之源。

桂从友大使和夫人宋景丽女士与部分演员和瑞典华人工商联全体理事会成员一起合影留念。

晚会进入最后一个环节是抽奖,抽到大奖的人们脸上都洋溢出快乐的笑容。这是瑞典华人工商联合会首次在圣诞节当晚举行联欢晚会,给大家带来格外的节日气氛。

Xinjiang Photo Exhibition held in China Cultural Center in Stockholm

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Dec. 24(Greenpost) — As part of the China’s Landscape in Swedish Eyes photo exhibition, Xinjiang photo exhibition has been held in China Cultural Center in Stockholm.

Chinese Ambassador Gui Congyou spoke highly of the exhibition.He welcomed Swedish friends to visit China.

Jointly held by Green Post and Kamera & Bild Magazine, China’s Landscape in Swedish Eyes photo exhibition attracted folks from all walks of life.

Xuefei Chen Axelsson, Editor of Green Post has exhibited 30 photos featuring Xinjiang’s China-Europe Express Realignment Center, Grand Bazar, 12 Muqam, Burqin’s colorful strand, Kanas lake and Xinjiang Theatre as well as Gaubao plant that changes Gobi into oasis.  She visited Xinjiang in August as part of a mission to cover the Silk Road Economic Belt.

Eleven Swedish photographers went to Beijing’s Jinshanling Great Wall, Zhangjiajie and Lijiang River in november and brought back great China’s landscape.

The exhibition was welcomed by Swedish people.   Claes Grundsten said their trip to China was comprehensive and satisfactory.

Johan Wessel said it was very nice to have such a joint exhibition so that Swedish and Chinese in Sweden could understand China better and enjoyed the beautiful landscape.

Lena Weilandt said she went to China 30 years ago and it is very good that she could go back to China again 30 years later.

She saw great changes in China where there are a lot of high buildings, but she also saw old China somewhere in the market and street. She is very proud and glad to have such an exhibition and she will share the photo with family members, friends and colleagues.

Many people from other parts of the country to look at the exhibition.

Kitty Larsson came from Värmland to watch the photos. She said China was great and she loved China.

Nicolas Yiming came from Västerås with Swedish friend and was impressed by the Xinjiang photo. He said looking at the photo, he felt Altay sceneries and arkitectures are similar to that of Sweden.

Boel Lindberg, Director of the International Department of Swedish Foreign Ministry who is in charge of international correspondents visited the exhibition.

“It is really very beautiful, I almost like to think of going there to have a visit. You can even make post cards with them.” said Lindberg.

Marianne BJörklund, reporter from DN also visited the exhibition.  She said she was impressed by the beautiful sceneries in Xinjiang and that in Zhangjiajie.

SVD reporter, Chinese communities leaders and many others also came to watch the exhibition.

Many Swedish were impressed by Xinjiang’s sceneries and felt it is similar to that in Sweden.

Through the exhibition, visitors have a better understanding and a good look at China’s beautiful landscape.

The week long exhibition ended on Dec. 22, but it will open again on January 7 till the end of January before the next exhibition begins.

If you have time, you can still come and have a look.

“China landscape in Swedish Eyes” Photo Exhibition opens in Stockholm

STOCKHOLM, Dec. 16(Greenpost)– China Landscape in Swedish Eyes Photo Exhibiton opens on Saturday in China Cultural Center in Stockholm. 

Chinese Ambassador to Sweden Gui Congyou attended the opening ceremony.

“I have looked at the photos and feel quite excited to see China’s spectacular landscape through Swedish lens. In the exhibition one can see Kanas lake and Yadan landscape in Xinjiang and the spectacular mountains in Zhangjiajie, as well as the beautiful River Li.”

Ambassador Gui said this exhibition, jointly held by Green Post, a web multi-media and Kamera & Bild Magazine is a positive people to people communication between China and Sweden.

“This year marks the 40th anniversary of reform and opening up and China has experienced a lot of changes and living standards have improved a lot. We welcome Swedish friends to China to have a look. ”

Web newspaper Green Post editor Xuefei Chen Axelsson also spoke at the opening ceremony.

She said that she went to Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in western China during Aug. 24-31 this year together with 14 journalists from 13 countries along the silk road to see Xinjiang’s development in tourism industry and other aspects. The project goes along with the Belt and Road Initiative proposed by President Xi Jinping. She visited Urumqi, Changji, Burqin, Altay and Kanas where there are rich tourism resources. The landscape includes Gobi, forests, Mountains and lakes. The Yadan landscape was formed by wind but the name was given by Swedish explorer Sven Hedin. The trip is worthwhile and the purpose was to wake some interest for both industries and tourists.

Claes Grundsten said that Magazine Kamera & Bild arranged this trip with many competent photographers with travel bureau Zoom.

He said the group visited the Great Wall, the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge, National Park Zhangjiajie in Hunan Province in Central China and the beautiful longji in River Li in Guilin city, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in South China.

“It was the first time I went to China, ….It was a very good trip, we are very satisfied with the trip.”

Journalists, Photographers and Photograph lovers:

Claes Grundsten         Johan Wessel             Charlie Malmqvist

Lena Weilandt             Patrik Brolin                Kitty Eide Larsson

Anna Bernström          Eva Pettersson            Hans-Åke Olsson

Anders Petersson        Leif Lundin

Xuefei Chen Axelsson

Curator: Anders Nylen

A total of 120 people including friends and colleagues of the photographers attended the opening ceremony.

Johan Wessel said to Green Post that it is very good to have such a joint photo exhibition so that people can see many places in China.

Zhangjiajie.

Xinjiang.

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xinjiang.

Jinshanling, Great Wall.

The exhibition will last till December 22, 2018. It is jointly held by Green Post and Kamera & Bild Magazine.

In future, only charges provided by law could be collected from clients of health and social services

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Dec. 14(Greenpost)–The Government is proposing a new Act on Client Charges in Health and Social Services that would apply to health and social services organised by counties. In future, only service charges provided by the Act on Client Charges in Health and Social Services could be collected from clients.

The aim is that the service charges would be reasonable and not prevent people from using the health and social services they need.

The client’s own county would charge the client. Counties could also charge less than the maximum fee, or let their residents use services free of charge. The client would always pay the same sum for the same service organised by the county, irrespective of who provided the service. The county would use the same client charges for services provided by the county itself and for services bought from other service providers against the client’s health and social services voucher or personal budget. The service provider would be allowed to charge for unattended appointments that had not been cancelled.

As before, there would fixed client charges and client charges based on the client’s ability to pay (income-related charges). When determining income-related charges, only the clients’ continuous, regular income would be taken into account, not their property. Regulations concerning forest income would remain unchanged.

Scope of application of payment ceiling becomes broader

The aim is not to change the level of the current annual payment ceiling (EUR 683). In future, the following costs would be included when calculating whether the client’s total costs reach the payment ceiling: appointment and processing charges for oral health services, charges for temporary home nursing and hospital at home, charges for prehospital emergency medical services, and charges paid from the person’s income support.

Providers would be allowed to charge the same sums for distance services as for services received during traditional appointments. Charges for distance services would be included in the client’s costs for the payment ceiling. Payment practices in primary services and specialised services would be harmonised. In future, each appointment to a doctor, nurse or therapist would be charged separately, as well as each appointment for serial treatment.

The obligation to monitor when the client reaches the payment ceiling would be transferred from the client to the county.

The provision obliging to reduce or waive a charge would be made more effective and the provision would be extended to cover even the charges for short-term institutional healthcare. Clients should be informed about the possibility to apply for payment reduction. Payment reduction would be preferred rather than granting income support.

Free-of-charge health services to minors and for preventive purposes

In future, health services to minors would always be free of charge. The change would also apply to institutional healthcare and specialised medical care.

As before, preventive services would mainly be free of charge. Appointments to outpatient care services relating to mental health and substance abuse problems would be free of charge.

Charging criteria for home care, service housing and institutional care will be harmonised

The Act on Client Charges in Health and Social Services would lay down charges for long-term service housing. In the same connection, the principles for income-related charges for long-term or continuous and regular services would be harmonised.

Continuous and regular home care would be comparable to ordinary long-term service housing because both arrangements bring services to the clients’ homes and the clients do not need services 24 hours a day. The income limits for home care charges would be raised.

Long-term service housing with 24-h assistance would be considered equal to long-term institutional care as both service arrangements provide clients with intensive 24-hour care. The Act would require that a client shall have at least EUR 160 at his or her personal disposal in service housing with 24-h assistance. In institutional care, the sum is EUR 108.

The Act is scheduled to enter into force on 1 January 2021.

今日头条:全球中国文化中心首个古琴培训班圆满结束

北欧绿色邮报网报道(记者陈雪霏)– 12月9日,全球36个中国文化中心首个古琴培训班在斯德哥尔摩圆满落下帷幕。

中国驻瑞典大使馆文化参赞、斯德哥尔摩中国文化中心主任浦正东兴奋地说,本次古琴培训班是全球中国文化中心中的第一个,而且参加的人数大大出乎意料,原计划30多人,结果,参加古琴培训班的学员达到上百人。可以说,本次古琴培训班举办得非常成功。

浦参强调,学习古琴对改变人们的气质有很大好处,学习古琴,男人变得谦谦君子,女人变得窈窕淑女,而每一个人的形象就代表了中国人的形象。

11月25日开幕时,向瑞典传播古琴的中瑞交流文化使者86岁的林西莉教授出席开幕式,并耐心细致地讲解古琴的历史和她学习古琴的时代背景。她说,中国古琴有3000多年的历史,它不仅仅是音乐,它也是诗歌,是散文,甚至是默念的经文。因为古琴也有静思冥想,全神贯注的作用。

首届古琴班执教老师是中国古琴传承人管平湖的弟子王迪的女儿,也是古琴的传承人,中国音乐学院教授邓红。邓红于2007年第一次到瑞典进行巡演,2009年第二次到瑞典巡演,这一次是她第三次来瑞典了,她的一举一动,一言一行都十分优雅。她说,古琴在周朝以前是五根弦,后来周文王和周武王各增加了一根,因此,成了七弦琴。她从琴的历史,琴的构造,琴的指法等多方面给大家普及了古琴知识,她说这一次叫体验班,就是让大家体验一下古琴的妙用。

她说,她一开始感觉很茫然,因为人们的水平和时间,悟性等各不相同,这么多人怎么教比较“茫然”。但是,很快,她发现斯德哥尔摩的华人华侨还是有一些有水准和喜爱音乐的人,这样,就有了快班和慢班之分,最后,学的快的,学了两个曲子,学的慢的学了一个曲子,基本上完成了所有的教学计划。

邓红是古琴大师,但一言一行却都很谦虚,儒雅,真的给学员们留下了非常深刻的印象。

本次学习培训期间,很多学员都表示这次的古琴班办的非常好,让人真正领略了中华文化的博大精深。

在闭幕式上,一些同学还进行了个人汇报表演,真让人感觉很激动,能在这么短的时间内居然会谈上一小曲儿。一位小朋友说,她只来学习三次,结果弹得很有味道。

从古琴的传播记者想到中瑞关系的水乳交融和世代传承。瑞典汉学家林西莉在1961年到中国去和王迪老师学习古琴的时候,她是中外第一位学生,从那时起,她也深深地爱上了古琴。她让瑞典国王给她开证明到中国去,然后,她每年都到中国去跟王迪老师探讨古琴的各种知识,最后,写成一部巨著《琴》,在瑞典获得文学最高奖奥古斯特奖。她也安排邀请邓红来瑞典进行巡回演出,让瑞典人领略琴的美妙和哲学。

当初,林西莉和王迪老师开始学琴时,邓红还没有出生。而现在,邓红又开始耐心地教授更多的学生来学习古琴传播古琴。她手把手地教大家,真的非常令人感动。她在开幕式时给大家弹了一首《平沙落雁》,今天闭幕式给大家弹了一首《阳关三叠》,让大家即饱耳福,又饱眼福,真是美不胜收。

浦正东参赞说,看到大家的热情和积极性,明年还将继续举办古琴培训班。学员们也积极要求,希望能够继续。

斯德哥尔摩中国文化中心同时正在展出中瑞画家的佳作。

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今日头条:参加2018诺奖得主精彩演讲的感受

北欧绿色邮报网报道(特约报道员王一加)-12月8日,2018年诺贝尔物理学奖、化学奖及经济学奖得主们在瑞典斯德哥尔摩大学Aula Magna礼堂向瑞典学生呈现了一场生动有趣并且振奋人心的演讲。

当然,他们的演讲都现场直播,因此世界各地的公众只要感兴趣都可以看网上直播。这是每个诺奖得主的义务。他们来领奖时,要经过一周的考验,首先是到诺贝尔博物馆去捐赠礼物,然后,按照惯例,在椅子上签名。然后,医学奖得主要在12月6日举行新闻发布会,物理,化学和经济学奖得主一起在12月7日举行新闻发布会,12月8日举行讲座。医学奖得主在12月7日进行讲座。12月9日他们一起在音乐厅看一场音乐会,然后,12月10日就可以在音乐厅从瑞典国王手中领奖并在市政厅和国王一起参加精彩的诺贝尔晚宴了。

8日的报告会由诺贝尔物理学奖、化学奖及经济学奖评选委员会瑞典皇家科学院负责人主持开幕。这位主持嘉宾提到,“虽然作为一个生物学家,我很遗憾阿尔弗雷德·诺贝尔没有为生物设立一个奖项,但我很高兴看到今年诺贝尔物理学奖和化学奖的研究成果都对生物和医学领域有巨大的影响。所有的学科分支其实最终都是遵循大自然中最基本的法则,并且以一种超乎我们想象的方式紧密交织联系着。”随后,2018年诺贝尔物理学奖得主Arthur AshkinGérard MourouDonna Strickland,化学奖得主George P. SmithSir Gregory P. WinterFrances H. Arnold,以及经济学奖得主William D. NordhausPaul M. Romer都分别针对他们的研究成果对现场以及收看网络视频直播的观众做出了十分精彩并且深入浅出的演讲报告。

值得一提的是,今年的诺贝尔物理学奖得主Arthur Ashkin是历届诺奖获得者中年纪最大的一位,96岁高龄的他由于身体不便没能到现场,但他通过一个短视频向大家传达了问候,并表示他的好朋友René-Jean Essiambre会代替他做演讲,希望大家能喜欢。除了Arthur Ashkin,今天两位女性获奖者的报告尤为出众,并不单单是因为女性获奖者在所有诺奖获得者中所占比例较低,最主要的是因为她们今天的演讲新颖活泼、浅显易懂。除了有坚实的实验数据作支撑,这两位女性获奖者都采用了视频动画的形式将原本深奥难懂的科学原理展现得惟妙惟肖,也根据现实生活中人人能懂的例子向大家解释了她们的发现和发明。比如, Donna教授将不同颜色的光波比喻成身高不同的篮球运动员,Frances教授则将生命密码比喻成贝多芬的交响曲。观众席上时不时传出阵阵笑声和掌声,很多非专业领域的观众都表示对她们两位的演讲印象深刻,也能大致理解她们的研究成果及其所带来的深远影响。除此之外,经济学奖的两位获奖者则就气候变暖等环境变化同人类经济行为之间存在的紧密联系等方面做了相关讲解和探讨。

昨日,今年诺比尔生理医学奖得主James P. Allison和Tasuku Honjo也在瑞典卡罗林斯卡医学院Aula Medica礼堂做了关于肿瘤免疫治疗方面的演讲报告。他们表示,越来越多的研究表明,很多癌症均可通过免疫疗法治疗,预计到2030年,免疫疗法将会占所有癌症治疗方式的90%。“癌症变成一种慢性病指日可待,未完待续”。

另外一个有意思的现象是,今年超过半数的诺奖得主在他们的演讲中提到了他们的家人,有几位甚至在演讲开始前就对自己的爱人孩子作致谢之辞,让大家看到了严谨的科学家温情的一面。诺贝尔提倡“科学无国界”,他设立诺奖的初衷也是希望鼓励全世界杰出的科学家为了人类的至高利益共同努力奋斗。一位杰出的科学家一定也是一位博爱家,爱自己的家庭,爱自己的祖国,有对宇宙自然无穷的好奇心,更有对全人类命运的责任担当。这样的人值得我们所有人为之敬仰和赞美。

我们还发现,最近几年来参加诺奖演讲的观众逐年增加,生理医学奖的报告会需要提前两三个小时排队入场,也成为了斯德哥尔摩漫漫冬日里的一道靓丽风景。来听讲座的中国学生学者也越来越多。而且,除了在瑞典从事相关专业研究的学生学者之外,也有不少在瑞企业工作、甚至到瑞旅游的中国朋友也挤到学生行列来仰慕一下诺奖得主。很多观众表示,这是目前为止自己最接近诺奖得主的一次宝贵机会,也是与大师们共同感受人类智慧结晶以及探索宇宙和自然魅力的精神盛宴。

So many accidents, do you think Americans are stupid?

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

Since Iraq war I decided not to speak about politics because the real politics was power politics. But politics often comes to you and you have to think a little bit.

Recently Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou was arrested by Canadian police.  It happened just before or after Trump and Xi meeting. Some people said it was a coincidence.

If I remember clearly, when Xi visited Trump in the latter’s home garden in Florida, just before they began to talk, Trump told Xi that he had just sent a very advanced bomb to Syria.

And Xi was like when Liu Bei met Cao Cao. When Cao Cao said to  Liu Bei, do you know who are the heros in this world? Liu Bei said I don’t know. Cao Cao said, only you and I are heros in this world. Liu Bei was shocked while outside there was a thunderstorm.  Liu said oh, I am sorry, I was afraid of the thunderstorm.

Some people think it was just an accident that Trump wanted to give this gift to Xi. And Xi said oh, Trump, I understand your meaning.  Then they began to talk again.

Long time ago in 1999 when Clinton administration was in power, America went to Kosovo and bombed Yugoslavia. By the way they also bombed the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade. Three people were killed.  And they were two journalists and one family member.  Afterwards the American side said it was a mistake. They used a wrong map.

In 2002 when I visited Las Vigas, I met a group of American men and they said to me it was an accident, right? I said, yes, it is an accident.

But Chinese wisdom is that anything cannot repeat three times.  If it repeats three times or more, it means something serious. So I like to ask that, Are Americans so stupid to have such many accidents?

杂谈:我的工作从海湾战争开始-编辑部的故事(一)

11月30日美国前总统老布什以94岁的高龄仙逝。从长寿的角度来讲,似乎他没有做错什么。很多人都说,他打的海湾战争是有联合国授权的。因此是正义的。尽管以美国292人的死亡对伊拉克的2.5万到5万的死亡。

1990年8月2日是我上班的第一天。我们的任务是受培训。第一个给我们讲话的是主任李丹。李丹的播音可以说是英语广播里的第一嗓子,播音的厚度堪比郭德纲。他的英文水平却比郭德纲高了不知多少倍。

他上来就问我们一个问题,你们知道今天的大新闻是什么吗?我的脑海里还在显现非洲的一个什么事情,没有人做声,他自问自答,今天伊拉克入侵了科威特。这是以大欺小的一次侵略,因此,在国际社会上引起强烈反响。美国第一个站出来,联合国也表示谴责。

随后,不久,我就加入了新闻班,每天早上6点上班,每天早上都是对美广播,每天早上头条几乎都是有关伊拉克的新闻。联合国要对伊拉克动武,到底动不动武,什么时候动武,都在讨论。最后,确定是1991年1月15日打击伊拉克。

我们上早班,每天都需要闹钟,所以台里发了一个小BP机一样的小闹钟。我大部分时间都能按自己的生物钟在5点半左右起床,然后,跑步去上班。因为就住在新302,就在广电大院西门儿,所以,我可以在10分钟之内就抵达办公室。

然而,1月15日那天早晨,我就像都德写的小说,《最后一课》一样,我居然迟到了。多年以后,我一直在想,我怎么会在海湾战争打响那天睡过头了呢?

不知道为什么,没有听到闹钟,只是一种梦境,海湾战争爆发了,美国袭击伊拉克了,你怎么还在睡觉呢?一下子,我从梦中惊醒。然后,一溜烟儿跑到办公室。

我到办公室一看,灯火通明,王国庆主任也来了。播音员原能刚从楼上下来。我一看时间已经6点30多了。大家都很高兴,甚至是很兴奋地谈论着,英语部再次进行直播,插播新闻Breaking News. 这是我上班四个月以来从来没有见过的。

我上班的任务就是负责填节目单,然后写三条新闻,主要是负责给播音员录音。录完了送到播送间。我们玩儿的就是心跳。每天8点整必须放出去,出不去,就是空播。空播就是大事故,相当于压死人一样。所以,每天差五分八点的时候,心脏都跳得非常厉害。我感觉很幸运,我是从农村出来的,心脏比较结实。很多人其实是受不了的。

有时不注意,会搅面条,就是胶带弄乱了,无法播出。那段时间,我还做过噩梦,就是说同事李凌发生了搅面条的情形。总之,我每天8点前到四楼去制作播出,然后,9点10点在二楼制作播出。经常是做完立即跑到四楼去。有一次,我差点儿滑倒,然后,马上抱着带子继续上四楼。现在想来,都感觉那时好像是那个炸药包,要去堵枪眼一样。

再说,办公室里,我迟到了,领导们居然没有人批评我,反而对我都很和蔼。他们说,因为你迟到了,所以,直播就没有等你。但下面的正常播出,你继续。可能是因为我刚来的,还不太熟悉,所以大家都原谅我了。

其实,我这个职务是新闻班中最低的一个,也是最后一关,其实也是非常重要的一关,叫PE就是program editor.

PE 就负责写节目单,搞清楚先对美东海岸,西海岸,然后是澳新。晚上对欧洲时我就不用管了。但是,这么简单的工作,如果弄混了,也会犯及其严重的错误。另外,在高度紧张的情况下,你还能不能沉着的录音也是个问题。有的人关键时刻手发抖了。因此,很快,其他人都到时效差一些的报道和专题部去了。只有我留在了这里。我的导师金梅芬是一个比较苛刻的人,但是,对我却是十分的和蔼。她说,小陈行!我受到鼓励,就屁颠屁颠地努力工作。尽力认真做好每一项任务。尽管是地位最低的,但是,我们必须从最低的做起。更低的是糊信封。

1991年1月15日开始,我们每天头条都是伊拉克战况。以至于到后来海湾战争结束了,我们都不知道该选用哪条新闻做头条了。

从那时起,美国就开始膨胀了。对伊拉克继续制裁,核查没完没了。然后,发动科索沃战争,1999年炸南斯拉夫,后来,也发生了恐怖分子对美国驻坦桑尼亚和肯尼亚大使馆的自杀式汽车炸弹袭击。

2001年9月11日,发生了对美国双子塔的恐怖袭击。2003年3月21日,老布什的儿子,小布什宣布对伊拉克再次袭击。尽管瑞典人汉斯布利克斯一再向联合国汇报还没有发现大规模杀伤性武器。

至此,我的小心脏感觉实在是不太适应新闻班的工作了,尤其是一听到CNN的开始曲,我就受不了了。

于是,我去新西兰做了一年的访问学者。在这一年里,我反思了一下过去13年的工作,几乎都是围绕着美国的现代武器转悠。海湾战争就是美国新式武器的试验场,飞毛腿导弹,比其他武器都先进。因此,杀伤力极强。

到2003年,再次打击伊拉克的时候,很多地方变成了焦土。很多油田被炸,石油在空中燃烧。我怀疑我们的气候变化是否和伊拉克战争也有关系。中东地区都变成了不毛之地。难民四处逃串。

我决定不再上新闻班了。我觉得战争是可持续发展的大敌。看看新西兰,那是一个多么安逸,优美的国度啊!人类为什么要厮杀呢?

我作为一个新闻工作者,为什么整天要报道伊拉克战争,巴以冲突,科索沃等等等等。不,我拒绝再关注战争。我要关注可持续发展。

如果我们的环境都被破坏了,我们的气候改变了,我们人类的生存环境没有了,我们都将灭亡。因此,我决定去英国学习可持续发展领导力硕士的课程。因为我觉得我们的发展是不可持续的。

但是,很可惜,我学完了,并没有得到很好的应用。但是,我知道我在做什么。以后的日子里,我还是想尽一切办法来宣传可持续发展的理念。

其实,欧洲人之所以宣传可持续发展,一方面是比不过美国的战争机器和先进武器,另一方面就是想改变规则。让人类到和平与发展的轨道上来。

没有生命,一切都是零!

今日头条:冰岛庆祝独立100周年 芬兰发去贺信

北欧绿色邮报网报道(记者陈雪霏)– 历史上的今天是冰岛一个只有大约35万人口的小国独立100周年纪念日。冰岛是1918年从挪威和丹麦统治下独立的。到1944年建立的共和国。

芬兰总理西皮莱12月1日向冰岛总理雅各布多提尔发出贺信。

值此今日,回想2014年2月访问冰岛,印象深刻。冰岛的一家汉堡店里有一个生命钟,每一个生命降临的时候,生命钟就增加一个数字。可见他们珍惜每一条生命。在保护自己的族群方面都有一套严格的规定。冰岛人自由,但也非常自觉,自律。

发展需要时间,需要稳定,需要和平,需要人们的自由和自觉自律。这都有一个过程。

Iceland is celebrating the centenary of its independence and sovereignty on Saturday 1 December. Prime Minister Juha Sipilä has congratulated Icelandic Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir on Iceland’s 100th anniversary.

In his congratulatory letter, Sipilä affirmed Finland’s commitment to the further development of the excellent relations between the two countries and wished Iceland continued success in the future.

Finland will also mark Iceland’s centenary by flying the national flag and illuminating the seaside façade of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ main building. The Ministry of the Interior has issued an order on flying the national flag at the Government Palace and Parliament in honour of the 100th anniversary of Iceland’s independence. Flags are to be raised at 8.00 and lowered at 16.00. The Ministry of the Interior recommends that the national flag be flown throughout the country.

The Ministry for Foreign affairs will celebrate Iceland’s anniversary by illuminating the seaside façade of its main building, Merikasarmi in the Katajanokka district of Helsinki. The illumination of Merikasarmi will also mark Romania’s centenary. The Merikasarmi façade will be lit up from Friday evening through Sunday morning. The illumination is also a part of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ own 100-year celebration.