Memorial ceremony in honour of Stockholm attack victims
An official memorial service was held at Stockholm’s City Hall at noon today, Monday, and a minute of silence was observed throughout Sweden.
Stockholm mayor Karin Wanngård switched to English during her speech to address Britain and Belgium – both countries lost one of their citizens in the truck attack in Stockholm on Friday.
We mourn with you and all victims of this tragic attack"
"But we make this pledge: We will never give into violence. We will never let terror prevail. Stockholm will remain an open and tolerant city."
The ceremony took place at the City Hall park in central Stockholm and was attended by Sweden's King and Queen, representatives of parliament, diplomats, and heads of city and regional councils.
Sweden's prime minister Stefan Löfven held a brief speech in which he told those who had lost loved ones that the whole of Sweden was behind them.
Like Wanngård, he switched to English for a passage.
"Sweden, Belgium, and the United Kingdom stand together in mourning the citizens we have lost," he said.
Our three countries have suffered horrendous acts of terrorism but we have also seen the strength, determination, and power of our democratic societies. We will never surrender to terror. We will get through this together."
Stockholm deputy mayor Anna König Jerlmyr was at the memorial event representing the opposition Moderate Party.
She said that she was proud of the way that city authorities had handled the attack.
"They worked really, really well," she said. "We're very proud of all the measures that were taken and that Stockholmers have also showed their appreciation."