Sweden has transformed from an impoverished nation in the early 20th century into a Nordic economic engine and world leader in education, science, technology, innovation, the environment, etc. What is the “secret sauce” of modern Sweden’s success? What is unique about the Swedish model? What does it mean to be Swedish in today’s multi-cultural society? What are Sweden’s current challenges and international profile? How are the United States and Sweden building on diplomatic and grassroots ties to address global challenges? Modeled on the Foreign Service Institute’s area studies courses, we will examine these issues in the context of Sweden's history, geography, politics, economy, business, defense, security, culture, and much more.
Julie Snyder (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a retired U.S. diplomat who worked in the field of international trade for more than 30 years. With Swedish-American family roots in Minnesota, Julie considers herself very lucky to have spent the last two years of her career at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm where she worked on U.S.-Sweden trade and investment as well as several Minnesota-Sweden initiatives. Julie is currently researching and writing a book about Sweden.