The King's Christmas speech 2015, Photo: Jonas Ekströmer / TT
The King's Christmas speech 2015, Photo: Jonas Ekströmer / TT

Challenges and optimism in King's annual Christmas speech

Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf gave his traditional Christmas speech today, aimed at all Swedes, at home and abroad.

Noting “this has been a challenging year for Sweden and the Swedish population”, the monarch spoke of the 60 million refugees in the world, the massive efforts being made to assist them, and mentioned meeting several young asylum seekers and being impressed by their “sense of enthusiasm and keen aspiration to succeed and do well in their new country.”

The king also spoke of the November terrorist attack in Paris, commenting “Our times are subject to darkness and unrest, but that is one of the reasons why it is so important to also hold onto all the positives and remind one another that we have good reason to feel hope and confidence in the future.”

After commenting on the UN climate conference in Paris and the challenges ahead, and this year’s Nobel Prizes, he concluded on a personal note expressing the Royal Family’s happiness that Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel are expecting their second child and that Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia are to become parents.

King Carl Gustaf also thanked all those who are actively involved in Swedish clubs and organizations, as “broad networks of dedicated individuals are a huge asset” to Sweden.

See the English text of the full speech here.

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