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by Euro Reporter
2012-10-05 10:42:39
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Swedish royal family light up the Big Apple at eco-awards gala dinner

The Swedish royal family added a touch of glamour to an eco-conscious party in New York City. Queen Silvia, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Princess Madeleine of Sweden attended the 5th Annual Green Summit and Gala Dinner - which took place in Goldman Sachs and the Mandarin Oriental, respectively - held to discuss sustainability within the food chain. And following a number of speakers, the evening ended with a performance from the cast of Wicked the musical.

The King - who wore a black tuxedo - and Queen - dressed in a lilac floor-length evening dress and short cream fur coat - attended the event with their youngest child, 30-year-old Princess Madeleine. Princess Madeleine opted for a black, floor-length, off-the-shoulder gown featuring balloon-sleeves and jewel detailing. The princess is third in line to the Swedish throne after her sister Crown Princess Victoria, 35, who married Daniel Westling, a personal trainer and gym owner, in the summer of 2010. The Crown Princess and Prince Daniel have a seven-month-old daughter, Princess Estelle, who is second-in-line to the throne before Victoria and Madeleine's brother, Prince Carl-Philip, 33. Neither of Princess Madeleine's elder siblings were present at the New York event last night.

The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York (SACC) held the event - which was sponsored by brands including Swedish furniture company IKEA, Purity Vodka, Elsa & Me, Deloitte, Unilever, Accenture and Aquavit - to 'create an electric dialogue on sustainability'. Following on last year's success, the focus of the yesterday's summit - entitled 'From Farm To Fork' - was on sustainability in the food chain, and explored how to feed a city and fuel the food chain. The aim of the day-long summit - to which tickets cost $295 (£183) - was 'to learn how the brightest minds in business, academics and culture are realising the opportunities present in today's food chain while keeping sustainability at the top of the agenda'.


Sweden snags top spot in European tax ranking

For the third year running, Sweden has the highest marginal tax rate among OECD countries included in an annual survey carried out by tax consultancy KPMG, the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper reports.
Number two on the list is Denmark with a marginal tax rate of 55.38 percent, followed by Spain with 52 percent. According to the KPMG report, the Czech Republic has Europe's lowest marginal tax rate, a mere 15 percent, while Hungary is a close second lowest with 16 percent.

In the report, a marginal tax rate is defined as the tax high-earners pay on their last unit of income. In Sweden's case, that means high-earners pay 56.6 percent in tax on their last earned krona. The KPMG report compares tax rates in 114 countries, including the 33 industrialized countries of the OCED. The consultancy has found that the global financial crisis has had an impact on tax rates in a number of countries.

"During the last year, more countries have raised their marginal tax rates than have cut them, and the financial crisis is almost always given as an answer," Helena Robertsson, head of KPMG's tax business in Sweden, told DN. However, Sweden may soon lose its grip on the top spot in the ranking if French President Francois Hollande succeeds in implementing a marginal tax rate of 75 percent on those who earn more than 1 million Euros.


Sweden to open ABBA museum

A museum devoted to pop supergroup ABBA will open next year in the Swedish capital aiming to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors, organisers said on Wednesday. The museum, a permanent exhibition within a hall of fame of Swedish pop music, will feature memorabilia like stage costumes worn by the singers. Visitors will also be able to sing along to ABBA songs alongside life-size holograms of the group.

“Swedish pop music is an important part of our cultural heritage,” said former ABBA member Bjorn Ulvaeus, who is one of those behind the museum’s creation. “And Abba is one of our most well-known brands.” ABBA shot to fame when they won the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest with the song ‘Waterloo’.

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