On the Occasion of Sweden's National Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
June 2, 2016


On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to the people of Sweden as you celebrate the 207th anniversary of the adoption of your constitution on June 6.

Starting with Sweden’s recognition of U.S. independence in 1783 and continuing through today, our countries have shared a rich history of friendship and cooperation. We have worked together to advance global security; to support international development, peacekeeping, and humanitarian aid; to promote democracy and protect human rights, including gender equality, across the globe. And we are proud of our shared leadership in responding to the current refugee crisis and assisting those displaced by conflict.

As President Obama and I reiterated with Prime Minister Löfven at the U.S.-Nordic Leaders’ Summit in May, the United States and Sweden will build on our close ties to advance our common vision of a more prosperous, sustainable, and secure world for ourselves and for future generations.

On this special day, I wish the citizens, families, and communities of Sweden a peaceful and rewarding year ahead.