In December, the City of Gothenburg handed over to Peru 51 well-preserved textiles from the more than 2 000-year-old Paracas textile collection. The textiles, purchased by Sweden’s Honorary Consul in Lima Sven Karell from the Nazca and Paracas cultures, were brought to Sweden in 1935.
“It feels wonderful to return them to Peru,” says Gunilla Bökmark, the City of Gothenburg’s Director of International Relations.

The statue of Swedish newspaper publisher Lars Johan Hierta watches over Riddarhustorget in Stockholm’s Old Town. And what a proud inscription: “Lars Johan Hierta, pioneer of a free press and popular government.”

In connection with the International Women’s Day on 8 March, the Embassy of Sweden in Hanoi inaugurated a photo exhibition entitled ”Swedish Dads” on the wall surrounding the Embassy. Exhibited until the end of April, this fantastic photo series is created by Swedish photographer Johan Bävman, who strived to document Swedish fathers in their daily lives, taking advantage of Sweden’s generous paternity-leave legislation to spend more time with their kids.

Max Martin, one of the world’s most successful producers and songwriters, was awarded the Swedish Government’s 2014 Music Export Prize at a ceremony on 19 March.