Bildt Wants Clearer Rules for Emergencies Abroad

Foreign Minister Carl Bildt wants clearer rules for how the Swedish authorities should help Swedes involved in disaster situations abroad.

The move follows the Indian Ocean tsunami two years ago, which took the lives of more than 500 Swedes vacationing in Thailand, and last summer’s evacuation from Lebanon during the Israeli attacks.

A poll last year revealed that many Swedes think Swedish embassies are obliged to help them if they get in trouble abroad, to a far greater extent than is the case.