The Swedish Ambassador to the Czech Republic visited AAU to talk about the importance of Swedish involvement in NATO and more importantly in the Czech Republic as part of the annual “Meet the Ambassadors.”

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The seminar, organized by Gerald Powers, discussed the Czech Republic’s views on the economy, security, and cultural exchange. According to Ambassador Fredrik Jörgensen, these are all things that the Swedes can empathize with. 

Giacomo Piffanelli, student assistant to Powers, acts as the student connection to the international community. Piffanelli’s aspirations for the event are: first, to promote the school, and second, to provide students with the opportunity to engage in professional fields of interest within the seminar environment. 

The “Meet the Ambassador” series “is gaining momentum,” said Piffanelli, “Word is spreading within the AAU community and among foreign embassy circles.”

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Ambassador Jörgensen emphasized the necessity of Swedish NATO membership and the importance of Article 5 as a security measure against the threat posed by Russia. The Ambassador stressed “the need to prepare to face Russia” and highlighted Sweden’s significance as a vital member of NATO, not only in security, but also as a partner economically.

The Ambassador made it clear that Sweden’s soft power extends beyond just IKEA and ABBA. Sweden actively collaborates in healthcare and has over 200 established businesses in the Czech Republic, employing over 30,000 Czechs.

Investment in the Czech economy is highly valued due to the local educated workforce, strategic and central location, growing economy, and an adaptability to diversified markets in energy, automotive, and manufacturing companies.

Ambassador Jörgensen advocated for greater cooperation between nations, hoping that the Czech cultural and economic exchange can benefit both parties equally.