||09-14-2004 11:18 AM
The King's Speech
His Majesty The King’s speech at the Opening of Parliament 2004 (NB: my translation of his speech, held in Swedish)
Mr Speaker, Honoured Members of Parliament,
Today the Parliament gathers again and we are reminded that our short Nordic summer is coming to an end. Once again we can look forward to an autumn full of colour and with a high and clear air.
It is my hope that all of you during the summer have had at least some time for rest and reflection, which has filled you with energy and inclination to bring on all the tasks that await. Maybe you have also been inspired by our good athletes, who have shown both great individual performances and great team spirit during the Olympic Games in Athens.
I would like to present greeting from the two countries that The Queen and I have recently visited, Olympia’s Greece and the tales’ Iceland. It is two countries with a long and learned history of how democracy is built, kept and developed.
In these countries, we have been reminded of the importance to manage what we have been trusted with and the importance to pass it on to coming generations.
A new Session of the Parliament takes its beginning. The decisions that you will take will affect the conditions for many citizens, now and in the future. It makes another foundation in our valuable society.
Many issues that surround the nations and the citizen’s security, education, work, the health care sector, environment and international cooperation will fill your daily work. It is all of our hope that, when this Session is ended, more progress, for joy and benefit of many people, can be presented.
Already at this point, we know that 2004 will make history as the year when the European Union was enlarged with many free, democratic countries. During the State Visit to Slovenia in June, The Queen and I could see many proofs for the general interest in the union, and how dependent we are of each other across all borders.
The enlargement also emphasizes the importance of every country carrying out its part in the work of settling all conflicts, protecting the environment and emphasizes all people’s equal value. These aspirations can be carried out in many different ways, by cooperation between countries or by peoples or organisations non-profit work. The immense tragedy that the world recently witnessed in the Russian city Beslan, once again shows proof of the importance of never becoming tired of the work for mutual respect and understanding between population and individuals. Everyone must take a responsibility in this important work.
The Swedish people have given you all its trust in forming the terms of our future society. I wish you all great wisdom and endurance in the managing of this democratic responsibility.
With these words, I hereby declare the 2005/2005 Session of the Parliament open.