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B7 Baltic Islands Network

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    Åland
  • Gotland
    Gotland
  • Hiiumaa
    Hiiumaa: Kõpu lighthouse
  • Åland
    Åland
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    Åland
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    Åland
  • Åland
    Åland
  • Gotland
    Gotland: Visby
  • Rügen
    Rügen: Sassnitz cycle road
  • Saaremaa
    Saaremaa: Causeway of Väike Väin Strait
  • Rügen
    Rügen: Sand
  • Gotland
    Gotland: Visby
  • Rügen
    Rügen
  • B7 family photo 2014
    Hiiumaa: B7 family photo
  • Rügen
    Rügen: Tourists in Binz
  • Åland
    Åland
  • Wave
    Wave
  • Hiiumaa
    Hiiumaa
  • Rügen
    Rügen
  • Saaremaa
    Saaremaa: Kuressaare maritime festival
  • Gotland
    Gotland
  • Gotland
    Gotland
  • Saaremaa
    Saaremaa: Angla windmills
  • Gotland
    Gotland
  • Saaremaa
    Saaremaa: Oti manor
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    Gotland
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    Gotland
  • Rügen
    Rügen
  • Åland
    Åland

Sweden Elections: Gotland breaks national trend

Ake_SvenssonÅke Svensson eva_nypelius_135pxEva Nypelius 

In the general elections in Sweden 19 September the centre-right coalition won but without outright majority. 
A new party, the far-right Sweden Democrats, enters parliament for the first time. On Gotland the situation is on the contrary. The so called red-green coalition takes over and the Social Democrat, Åke Svensson, is expected to succeed Eva Nypelius as Mayor.

The Sweden Democrats won no seats to the Municipal Council on Gotland.

World Ecological Forum & Almedal Week

almedalen_July_2010As always the beginning of the summer is a busy time on Gotland.

July started with the World Ecological Forum – an event we hope is to grow in years to come.

On 3 July the Baltic Forum had its annual meeting with the advisory committee under the chairmanship of the former Secretary of State Jan Eliasson. The picture the environmental experts gave us of the current state of the Baltic Sea wasn’t too good, there is still so much to be done. But the only way is to do it together.

Almedalen week started the day after with the Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt´s speech. We hardly thought the political week could grow more but it’s even bigger than last year due to the upcoming elections in September. The EU strategy for the Baltic Sea Region is one of the international issues on the agenda.

So Visby is hot in all aspects right now

New Opposition Leader on Gotland.

A new face as Björn seeks new challenges and Åke joins the B7 politicians.
bjornjansson1Björn Jansson, vice Mayor on Gotland, has decided to step down as a full time politician after many years. Björn has taken an active interest in B7 and we hope this continues.
Gotland has chosen to be represented in B7 by both the majority and the opposition leaders.
AkeSvenssonÅke Svensson will replace Björn Jansson from January 2010 to make sure the engagement will continue even if there is a change in power. The co-operation of the party in power and the opposition party is one of the factors that have enabled Gotland to focus on the longer term.

20 years of cooperation.

Early in 1989 a group from Gotland visited Saaremaa. As a result a cooperation agreement was signed, the first one between a place in Estonia and a Swedish municipality. Laine Tarvis and Eric Carlsson, the two politicians who signed the agreement, are both present at the anniversary in Visby the 17 October 2009. During those 20 years a continuous stream of chess players, businessmen, chorus-singers, youngsters, hand-weavers, teachers, SPA-tourists, farmers and many many others have crossed the Baltic Sea and thus strengthened the bond between the islanders of Gotland and Saaremaa.

Today politicians and officials from the two islands meet on a regular basis in the B7 network and the people to people contacts flourish.

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