Sweden back on UNESCO executive board

Sweden is back on the executive board of UNESCO, for the first time since 1999, the news agency TT reports. Sweden was elected by 172 votes at the general conference in Paris on Wednesday, ahead of the Netherlands, which got 167 votes, and Germany on 165 votes.

Sweden will be represented by Amelie von Zweigbergk, former state secretary at the Education Department. "Unesco is in charge of several important questions. As the Swedish voice on the board, I will push for Swedish priorities such as  freedom of the press and freedom of expression, as well as real equality in schools," she wrote in a statement.