Svenska Handelsbanken AB

At the general meeting of Svenska Handelsbanken AB 22 March 2023, Folketrygdfondet, manager of the Government Pension Fund Norway, voted against item 18x. for the following reasons:

Item 18x: Elect CEO Carina Åkerström as a board member 

Folketrygdfondet opposes the election of the CEO to the board of directors as a matter of
principle. One of the board’s main tasks is the supervision of company management, which
includes appointment and dismissal of the CEO. Folketrygdfondet considers that board members
can only supervise company management adequately if they are not recruited from among
management. For this reason, we voted against item 18x.