• Sweden's news in English

Sweden named 'best embassy' in US capital

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 28 Oct 2010, 07:33

Published: 28 Oct 2010 07:33 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

"This award feels extra special just at the moment as we have just reached 250,000 visitors to the embassy's programme. It shows us that we have put Sweden on the map with Washington residents," said Swedish ambassador Jonas Hafström.

The Swedish embassy won the "Best Of" competition from a field of 181 embassies in the US capital, beating Brazil and France in to second and third place respectively.

The newspaper's 300,000 readers motivated their choice with respect to the Swedish embassy's "fantastic, different design", but also due to the active and diverse programme of events that are open to the general public.

The embassy is now conducting its 11th Public Diplomacy programme which has its starting point in Sweden's progressive image and spans politics, culture, trade and research/science.

"My fantastic team's work continues to reap rewards after the embassy and the House of Sweden were already in 2008 named as Venue of the Year by the Washington Post.

Story continues below…

The "Best Of" competition is conducted annually by the Washington Post/Express and canvasses readers for their choice of leading establishment in a number of categories, for example restaurant, museum and embassy.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

08:32 October 28, 2010 by Rishonim
How lovely. It feels good to know my tax money is being used to build admirable prize worthy buildings.

C'est drôle, ma vie de Château
08:48 October 28, 2010 by Keith #5083
kudos to the Embassy staff, diplomatic service, architects and builders...mostly doing quiet steady friendship-building work in the background.
13:37 October 28, 2010 by Sandy106
Would love to visit someday, it looks pretty cool
15:14 October 28, 2010 by Traveler2010
I've been there, it's nice. Right on the Potomac.

15:22 October 28, 2010 by Swedesmith
Is there any Ölandsten in the lobby?
15:35 October 28, 2010 by Traveler2010
You mean the flooring material? I can't remember what the floor is made out of. I think it might just be regular ceramic tiling.
16:10 October 28, 2010 by Swedesmith
Ölandsten is mined in Öland, an island off the east coast of Sweden. It's used all over the Baltic region. It's very, very Swedish and very, very pretty. Probably would have cost a fortune to ship over.
22:45 October 28, 2010 by maxbrando
Wait a minute, boys and girls. Oland (for the Olandsten), last time I looked, is FINLAND, not Sweden. And do not do any equivacation. Olandsten comes from FINLAND, NOT Sweden!!!!!!
00:08 October 29, 2010 by Swedesmith
Sorry Max, Öland is in Sweden and I've been to the Ölandsten fabrik which was a ten minute walk from my house. You are perhaps thinking of Åland which is in Finland.
06:36 October 29, 2010 by MarkinBoston
"Fantastic, different design?" Concrete, with glass walls? Like we've never seen that before. I'll assume the events held at the embassy are what won the award.
06:44 October 29, 2010 by GefleFrequentFlyer
Ive figured out the way to win a swedes heart: Make up some strange ranking system and put them at or near the top.
15:13 October 29, 2010 by Traveler2010
Here's the website for the House of Sweden:

Today's headlines
This is the new top boss of Swedish Ericsson
Börje Ekholm. Photo: Magnus Hjalmarson Neideman/SvD/TT

Telecoms giant Ericsson has appointed a new CEO after a turbulent year for the company.

These are Sweden's best universities: ranking
A new university ranking has been released. Photo: Cecilia Larsson Lantz/Imagebank.sweden.se

At least according to this global ranking, which picks 12 Swedish universities among the top-1000.

Swedish pharmacies restrict paracetamol sales for teens
The move is intended to cut paracetamol overdoses. Photo: Nora Lorek/TT

Sweden's pharmacies are banning teens under 18 from buying more than one pack of pills at a time.

The Local List
12 Swedish words with just awesome literal translations
A filthy-minded lobster, i.e. a snuskhummer. Photo: Gorm Kallestad/NTB scanpix/TT

One of our favourite things about the Swedish language is its wonderful compound words, which range from being utterly bizarre to making perfect sense.

Rwandan genocide suspect held in Sweden
A memorial centre in Kigali, Rwanda. Photo: Ben Curtis/AP

A man has been arrested in Sweden suspected of involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide which claimed 800,000 lives.

Sweden can extend border controls, EU says
A police officer carrying out a check at Sweden's border with Denmark. Photo: Emil Langvad/TT

EU countries including Sweden should be granted permission to extend temporary border controls by a period of a further three months, the European Commission has decided.

Nobel Prizes
'I'd say he's arrogant but I'd be lying': Swedes on Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan performing in France. Photo: David Vincent/AP

Almost two weeks have passed since Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and he has yet to acknowledge the win. The Local asked Swedes what they think of the singer's silence.

Sweden cuts 2016 refugee forecast by thousands
A Swedish migration authority office in Stockholm. Photo: Maja Suslin/TT

The country has also slashed its prediction for 2017.

Swedish researchers plan new trucks for women drivers
File photo of trucks in Sweden. Photo: Thomas Johansson/TT

Could vehicles adapted for women attract more female truckers to the profession?

These stats show Swedish driving isn't so gender equal
File photo of a Swedish woman driving a car. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

A new survey shows that few Swedish women get behind the wheel when driving with their male partner.

Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Property of the week: Kungsholmen, Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
The Local Voices
'I simply don’t believe in nationality'
Why we're convinced Game of Thrones is based on Sweden
Blog updates

6 October

10 useful hjälpverb (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! I think the so-called “hjalpverb” (auxiliary verbs in English) are a good way to get…" READ »


8 July

Editor’s blog, July 8th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hej readers, It has, as always, been a bizarre, serious and hilarious week in Sweden. You…" READ »

Sponsored Article
This is Malmö: Football capital of Sweden
People-watching: October 21st-23rd
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
Fury at plans that 'threaten the IB's survival' in Sweden
Analysis & Opinion
Are we just going to let half the country die?
Angry elk chases Swede up a lamp post
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
The Local Voices
'Alienation in Sweden feels better: I find myself a stranger among scores of aliens'
Sponsored Article
Swedish for programmers: 'It changed my life'
People-watching: October 20th
The Local Voices
A layover at Qatar airport brought this Swedish-Kenyan couple together - now they're heading for marriage
Sponsored Article
Top 7 tips to help you learn Swedish
Swede punches clown that scared his grandmother
Sponsored Article
‘Extremism can't be defeated on the battlefield alone’
Fans throw flares and enter pitch in Swedish football riot
Could Swedish blood test solve 'Making a Murderer'?
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Property of the week: Linnéstaden, Gothenburg
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Swedish school to build gender neutral changing room
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
People-watching: October 14th-16th
Sponsored Article
One expat's strategy for making friends in Stockholm
Man in Sweden assaulted by clowns with broken bottle
Sponsored Article
Nordic fashion in focus at Stockholm University
Nobel Prize 2016: Literature
Watch the man who discovered Bob Dylan react to his Nobel Prize win
Record numbers emigrating from Sweden
People-watching: October 12th
The Local Voices
'Swedish startups should embrace newcomers' talents - there's nothing to fear'
How far right are the Sweden Democrats?
Property of the week: Triangeln, Malmö
Sweden unveils Europe's first elk hut
People-watching: October 7th-9th
The Local Voices
Syria's White Helmets: The Nobel Peace Prize would have meant a lot, but pulling a child from rubble is the greatest reward
jobs available