Philippines reopens embassy in Sweden

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The Department of Foreign (DFA) has announced the reopening of Philippine Embassy in Stockholm and will initially start offering consular services to Filipinos in Sweden and Finland.

Prior to reopening, the Philippines was represented by Honorary Consul General to Stockholm Erik Belfrage, who recently passed away due to COVID-19, after it closed its embassy due to economic constraints, in 2012.

“Philippine consular services were previously rendered through the Philippine Embassy in Oslo, Norway. With this reopening in Stockholm, consular applications, which include passport extensions, visa, and civil registry, among others, will be received and processed in the Swedish capital following a limited twice weekly schedule starting this May. Passport renewals, however, will initially still be done at the Philippine Embassy in Oslo,” DFA said.

“Because of the requirements for social distancing and safety, appointments for slots can be requested via e-mail through stockholm.pe@dfa.gov.ph; or by phone via +46-7253-5407. Clients availing of the consular services, especially those in Finland, are advised to first send queries and requests for appointments by email and phone and the Embassy will quickly attend to the appointments at the designated time slots,” it added.

According to DFA, Philippine-Swedish relations were established in 1947, and is one of the earliest bilateral diplomatic ties entered into by the Philippines after the Second World War. Sweden has since long been a development partner of the Philippines.

“In 2016, Sweden reopened its embassy in Manila after it had previously closed in 2008,” DFA said.

“Sweden ranks as the Philippines’ 43rd largest trading partner and is also home and the place of work to some 15,000 overseas Filipinos employed as health workers, engineers, mining professionals, administrative staff, and in the fashion, culinary, service, and related industries. On the other hand, there are more than 4,000 Filipinos in Finland working in similar occupations,” DFA noted.