Speaker of the Riksdag Andreas Norlén Visits Dalarna and Dalarna University

Andreas Norlén, Speaker of Riksdagen, Sweden's Parliament, visited Dalarna on October 4 and 5 as part of the celebrations of 100 years of democracy in Sweden. He paid visits to various organisations and also took part in seminars and discussions concerning issues related to democracy.
Group picture indoors that includes the Governor of Dalarna County, the Speaker of Parliament, and Vice-Chancellor of Dalarna University.
Claes Mårtensson, Acting Parliamentary Director; Helena Norlén; Speaker of the Riksdagen Andreas Norlén; Vice-Chancellor of Dalarna University Martin Norsell; and County Governor Ylva Thörn

Along with Ylva Thörn, Governor of Dalarna County, Andreas Norlén med with Dalarna University Vice-Chancellor Martin Norsell to talk about such issues as the university's education and research related to democracy. The discussion brought up the collaboration the university has with Segerstedtinstitutet, ABB and Spendrups, and the recently filled doctoral position that will have as its focus methods for counteracting violent extremism.

Norlén's visit concluded with an open seminar at the Campus Falun library that was organised by the county council Länsstyrelsen Dalarna in collaboration with Dalarna's press and media: its point of discussion was how we can protect democracy and tolerance while working against extremism.

After an introduction with Norlén and Thörn, Christer Mattsson, Head of Segerstedtinstitutet at Gothenburg University and expert on the Nazistic Nordic Resistance Movement gave a lecture. This was followed by a panel discussion in which Madelene Goldmann (Lorensberga skola, Ludvika), Sheyma Sheiknur (Dalarnas Idrottsförbund) and Therese Leopoldsson (formerly of Rädda Barnen and currently of Svenska Kyrkan) contributed with their experiences working with issues of democracy in the county of  Dalarna. The discussion concluded with questions from the audience.

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