On November 8 2016, the Embassy of Sweden reopened its doors in Manila paving the way for a stronger economic and diplomatic relation with the Philippines. The Swedish Embassy in Manila is envisaged to bolster partnerships and open new avenues of cooperation and collaboration for Philippine-Swedish relations. The Embassy of Sweden in Manila closed in 2008 due to the global financial crisis. However, the Swedish government continued to maintain two honorary consulates in the country, one in Manila and another in Cebu.
The reopening was presided by the Swedish Minister for Enterprise and Innovation Mikael Damberg and Ambassador-designate Harald Fries. Minister Damberg cited the importance of having an embassy in the Philippines would boost Swedish presence in the emerging market of Southeast Asia. “There is a huge potential for more investments and trade between the Philippines and Sweden,” he noted.
Minister Damberg was also accompanied by a business delegation led by the prominent Wallenberg group of companies. At the inauguration, top executives of 30 Swedish corporations such as SAAB, Scania, Volvo, Ericsson, Swedish Match, SEB, Transcom and IKEA, among others were present.
(source: Manila Bulletin)