The Speaker Andreas Norlén visited Estonia on 13 and 14 February together with five Swedish members of parliament. The programme during the two-day visit included meetings with representatives of the Estonian Parliament and Government and a visit to the old Swedish communities in Estonia.
In addition to a meeting with his Estonian colleague Henn Põlluaas, the Speaker participated in a panel discussion in the Estonian Parliament – the Riigikogu – on the subject of Digital Democracy – Risks and Opportunities. Unlike in Sweden, in Estonia electronic parliamentary elections have been a reality for quite some time.
The Speaker and his delegation also met the Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu and representatives of the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute, and visited the e-Estonia Briefing Centre.
On 14 February, most of the day was spent in the old Swedish communities around Nuckö and Hapsal in the western part of the country. Here, the delegation met upper-secondary students, church representatives and visited a museum devoted to the Swedish-speaking minority in Estonia.
In addition to the Speaker Andreas Norlén, the Swedish delegation also consisted of members of the Riksdag Gunilla Carlsson, Social Democratic Party, Hans Wallmark, Moderate Party, Caroline Nordengrip, Sweden Democrats, Magnus Jacobsson, Christian Democrats, and Maria Gardfjell, Green Party.