Almedalen Week

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Almedalen in July 2005.
Olof Palme speaking in Almedalen in 1968.

The Almedalen Week (Almedalsveckan, sometimes also called Politikerveckan i Almedalen) is an annual event taking place in week 27 in and around Almedalen,[1] a park in the city of Visby on the Swedish island Gotland.

With speeches, seminars and other political activities, it is considered to be the most important forum in Swedish politics. During the week, representatives from the major political parties in Sweden take turns to make speeches in Almedalen.[1]

History[edit]

The origin of the Almedalen Week is the speeches made by Olof Palme every summer in Almedalen in Visby, beginning in 1968.[2] The first official Almedalen Week took place in 1982, when the Social Democrats started to organise economic seminars.[2] As a response, the other political parties started to take a more active part.

In recent years, the event has grown larger, with hordes of journalists, lobbyists, local and national politicians and representatives of non-governmental organisations all coming to Visby to meet, discuss politics and socialize. Almost 2,300 activities were scheduled in 2013 and about 900 journalists were accredited.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Så här fungerar en Almedalsvecka". almedalsveckan.info (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 9 October 2011. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Almedalsveckans historia". almedalsveckan.info (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 9 October 2011. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Statistik antal arrangemang". almedalsveckan.info (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 9 October 2011. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 

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