King’s Christmas Speech: Year of Disasters

Not surprisingly, the natural disasters of the past year dominated Sweden’s King Carl Gustaf’s traditional Christmas speech.

The king said that Swedes will never forget the Asian disaster, something that happened on the other side of the planet which affected Sweden so deeply. He also spoke of the storm Gudrun that struck southern Sweden, Hurricane Katrina, and the earthquake in Pakistan.

But, the monarch said, in the midst of all the suffering and chaos there are rays of hope, which are important to remember, such as way people helped out after the tsunami.

The king, who is Chairman of the Swedish branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature, also spoke warmly of the conference on controlling climate change in Montreal, which he said gave hope for the future.