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Drive for democracy

A leading force that stands up for democracy

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Sweden stands up, in all contexts, for the fundamental principles of democracy. These include citizen participation, human rights, representative government, separation of powers, a functioning rule of law system, free media and independent institutions.

Democracy around the world is unfortunately in decline. More people currently live in countries with authoritarian tendencies than in countries making democratic progress. Democratic processes are being undermined. The rule of law is being scorned.

Sweden wants to be a leading global force that stands up for the advancement of democracy.

The foundation of Sweden’s democracy was laid a hundred years ago. Universal suffrage was adopted through several decisions in the Riksdag (Swedish Parliament). In 1921, both men and women were able to vote for the first time.

Sweden will host a major celebration of the 100th anniversary, and we currently want to engage young people in the debate for democracy.