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Press release from Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Government intends to open embassy in Dublin and consulate-general in San Francisco

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The Government today decided to strengthen Sweden’s presence in Ireland and the US, and intends to open an embassy in Dublin and a consulate-general in San Francisco. The Government has also strengthened Sweden’s presence in Ouagadougou and La Paz. As part of a regular review of Sweden’s missions abroad, the Government will also close the embassies in Angola and Peru.

Ireland is an important partner for Sweden in the EU, bilaterally and multilaterally. Sweden will therefore strengthen its presence in Ireland for political agency and increased trade and investment exchange.

“A stronger Swedish presence in both Ireland and the US will create new opportunities for Swedish foreign policy and our promotion activities to make an impact. Reopening an Embassy in Dublin has been eagerly awaited – Ireland is an important partner for Sweden, not least in light of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU,” says Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde.

Establishing a consulate-general in San Francisco will create new opportunities for trade promotion and promotion of Sweden on the US west coast and will support Swedish companies with matchmaking activities in tomorrow’s technologies and the cultural and creative industries.

“A consulate-general in San Francisco will strengthen Sweden’s presence on the US west coast and improve our opportunities to conduct active trade promotion and promotion of Sweden. The business sector in particular has looked forward to the opening the consulate-general as it will facilitate new partnerships for Swedish companies in the area of green technologies and new innovations,” says Minister for Foreign Trade and Nordic Affairs Anna Hallberg.

The Government has already upgraded two missions abroad – one in Africa and one in Latin America – to full embassies under the leadership of an ambassador. These are the missions in Ouagadougou and La Paz, whose positions have now been reinforced.

“I am pleased that we have been able to strengthen our diplomatic relations in Africa and Latin America. Our embassies provide us with important tools to help combat poverty and support climate transition, and to push demands on democracy, human rights and women’s rights,” says Minister for International Development Cooperation Per Olsson Fridh. 

The changes are one step in the continuous adaptation made by the organisation abroad in relation to changes around the world, altered requirements and needs, and the budgetary situation, to create the best possible conditions to implement Sweden’s foreign policy and promote Swedish interests abroad. This is a constant process of change in which Sweden sometimes opens or closes embassies and consulates.

Sweden has good bilateral relations with both Angola and Peru, which include close cooperation in areas such as trade. These relations will continue to be safeguarded, preserved and developed. In the future, this will take place in other forms, as the embassies themselves will be closed.

The missions abroad affected by today’s decision may open or close at different times, depending on the situation of each mission. All changes are planned to take place in the second half of 2022.

Press contact

Andreas Enbuske
Press Secretary to Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00
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Vidar J Lindgren
Press Secretary to Minister for Foreign Trade and Nordic Affairs Anna Hallberg
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00
Mobile +46 73 840 33 12
email to Vidar J Lindgren
Robert Englund
Press Secretary to Minister for International Development Cooperation Per Olsson Fridh
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00

Ministers on this page who have left the government

Between 5 February and 30 November 2021, he was Minister for International Development Cooperation.

Ministers on this page who have left the government

Between 5 February and 30 November 2021, he was Minister for International Development Cooperation.