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Stefan Eriksson

As of 1 August 2017, StefanEriksson is the Director of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia.Mr Eriksson is a Swedish diplomat, who prior to taking up this post has beenworking in the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1992. His latestassignment abroad was as Ambassador of Sweden to Belarus in 2008-2012, and hehas previously been posted at Sweden’s diplomatic missions in Moscow, Brusselsand Saint Petersburg. He has also been working with democracy issues inSweden’s foreign policy and development cooperation. Before starting hisdiplomatic career, Mr Eriksson worked for the Swedish Trade Council as a marketadvisor, which included responsibility for opening the Trade Council’s firstoffice in Riga in 1992. Mr Eriksson has a Degree in Economics from theStockholm School of Economics and Business Administration and has an excellentknowledge of English, Russian and Belarusian, and he is at the moment studyingLatvian.

Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia

The Nordic-Baltic collaboration on digitalisation is unique, and placesthe region firmly on the world map in terms of cross-border, integrated digitalsolutions. Our strengths are that we have much in common - a high level ofdigital maturity and a willingness to share knowledge. 

5G Techritory, which will be held on 27-28 September in Riga, is a goodexample of the strong collaboration between the Nordic and Baltic countries.The event offers a platform where ministers, leaders from digitalisationagencies, and the IT and telecom sector can meet.

The Nordic and Baltic countries share the goal of taking a leading rolein the “next leap” for wireless communication, by building on the 2017Nordic-Baltic Digital North Declaration with a common vision of being the firstand most integrated 5G region in the world. The Nordic Council of Ministers –the official body for intergovernmental Nordic cooperation - is in closecontact with Baltic countries preparing a comprehensive action plan for the 5Gcollaboration. We need to reduce the uncertainty for the governments and IT andtelecom industry by articulating the value of 5G and utilizing thepossibilities of 5G across the region. The key actions supporting the roll-outand use of 5G technology in the Nordic region are ensuring availability ofspectrum for 5G testing, coordinating 5G frequency bands as well as identifyingand utilizing synergies between Nordic and Baltic 5G test beds/testenvironments.

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