However, this sum does not include additional expenses from the aid budget, such as seminars for UN ambassadors with votes in the General Assembly, who were treated to a free trip to Sweden. Although the event was planned by campaign staff, it was the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation that paid the bill with aid money, which was earlier revealed by Dagens Nyheter. Remarkably, Ambassador Per Thöresson is said to have flown in from New York and acted as a tour guide. The lavish reception has drawn strong criticism from both left and right, whereas the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs both claim the seminars to have been part of the regular activities.
The Moderates' foreign policy spokesperson Karin Enström has welcomed the investigation.
"I think it is worthwhile to continue the examination to obtain full clarity on what happened," Karin Enström told Dagens Nyheter.
"This is still one of the biggest campaigns that anyone from our government has pursued in a long time. And I maintain the requirement that the Foreign Affairs Committee starts an investigation of this," she said.
Sweden is currently competing with the Netherlands and Italy for one of the two seats allotted for Western Europe in the UNSC. Getting hold of a UN Security Council seat has been one of the major foreign policy objectives for the Swedish government.
Over the years, Sweden has been an extremely generous donor to the UN; it ranks as its sixth-largest all-time donor. Also, Sweden ranks fourth in aid to other countries, in pure monetary terms.