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"Democracy and the Welfare State"
Swedish Speaker Attends SNU Panel Meeting
Swedish Amb. Vargo, 6 Swedish Parliamentarians Joins
Dr. Björn von Sydow, speaker of the Swedish Parliament

Swedish Ambassador to Seoul Lars Vargo hosted a panal discussion about "Democracy and the Welfare State," joined by the visiting speaker of the Swedish Parliament, Dr. Björn von Sydow, and representatives of six Swedish political parties.

Speaker Björn von Sydow and the six members of Swedish Parliament visited Seoul.

The panel discussion was held at the Multimedia Conference Room of the Seoul National University from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. on April 12, 2006.

The Speaker of the Swedish Parliament, Dr. Björn von Sydow, was visiting the Republic of Korea on April 7-12 together with a delegation consisting of six members of Parliament, five of whom are floor leaders of the political parties in the Swedish Parliament. Since the members of the delegation represented different views on important political subjects a discussion among them on various issues concerning the running of a welfare state, or the so-called Swedish Model, would be of interest for a Korean audience. Sweden and Korea are two industrialized countries facing similar political problems, and the Swedish Model is sometimes held up as an example to follow or to avoid in the Korean political debate.

In cooperation with the president of the Seoul National University a discussion was arranged between the Swedish politicians on the topic "Democracy and the Welfare State" on Wednesday, April 12, 2006, at 10:15-11:30 a.m..

The Speaker of the Swedish Parliament led the debate.

Topics that will be touched upon were:
— What are the responsibilities of the government in a welfare state?
— Are high taxes really necessary?
— What is the most important role of the government in a market economy?
— Does social responsibility deteriorate when freedom of expression increases?
— Should education and medical service be more or less free of charge?
— Is Parliament effective in scrutinizing the Government in Sweden?
— Labor market flexibility

Date: Wednesday 12 April, 2006
Time: 10.15-11.30
Venue: International Conference Room of Graduate School of Public Administration, Seoul National University


Dr. Björn von Sydow, Speaker
Mr Mikael Odenberg, MP Group Leader for the Moderate Party
Ms Anna Grönlund Krantz, MP Group Leader for the Liberal Party
Mr Stefan Attefall, MP Group Leader for the Swedish Christian Democrats
Ms Åsa Torstensson, MP Group Leader for the Centre Party
Ms Helena Hillar Rosenqvist, MP Group Leader for the Green Party
Ms Anita Johansson, MP Social Democratic Party

About New Swedish Ambassador Lars Vargo

Swedish Ambassador to Seoul Lars Vargo

HE Ambassador Lars Vargo was born on October 6, 1947 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Amb. Vargo received his M.A. at the University of Uppsala and received his Ph.D. in Japanese studies from the University of Stockholm
Amb. Vargo started his diplomatic career in 1978 and after serving various posts at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm as well as at the Swedish

Embassy in Japan, Libya and USA he was Ambassador to Lithuania in 1998. From 2000, Amb. Vargo was Head of the International Department, at the Swedish Parliament until he was appointed as the Ambassador to Korea in Feb. 2006.

Amb. Vargo is, by far, the authority of Japanese as well as East Asian Affairs at the Ministry and his command in Japanese language is highly respected and recognized at the Ministry. Amb. Vargo is author of many books on Japan.

Amb. Vargo is married and accompanied by his wife Eva.

We heartily welcome HE Amb. Vargo to Korea and we sincerely hope that amicable relationship existing between our Association and Swedish Embassy would further deepen in the future.

Advisors and members of the Board of Directors of our Association hosted a welcoming luncheon in honor of HE Amb. Vargo on March 28, 2006 at the Seoul Club.

For further questions call the Swedish Embassy in Seoul at 02-738-0846






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