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More Swedish embassies set for closure: report

TT/The Local/pvs · 27 Jan 2011, 15:28

Published: 27 Jan 2011 07:52 GMT+01:00
Updated: 27 Jan 2011 15:28 GMT+01:00

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Sweden's foreign minister, Carl Bildt, has a list of prospective closures if further cuts become necessary after Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, slashed the operating budget of the Government Offices in December, according to a report by Sveriges Radio's Ekot news programme.

"These are simply media reports and we have no comment to make," said foreign ministry spokesperson Anders Jörle to The Local on Thursday.

The list is reported to include the Swedish missions in Guatemala, Jordan, Cyprus and Uganda, with the consulate general in Hong Kong also in danger of closure.

"We have no comment to make on that," Jörle told The Local.

The report follows the announcement on December 22nd that Sweden is to close its embassies in Buenos Aires, Brussels, Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur and Luanda, following the budget cuts.

On December 9th, the Riksdag passed a bill requiring the Government Offices to shave 300 million kronor ($43.64 million) from its operating budget.

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The vote marked Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's first parliamentary defeat since reelection as the far-right Sweden Democrats and centre-left opposition voted in favour of the cuts.

Previously, the foreign ministry has named Sweden's missions in Algiers, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Havana, Hong Kong, Khartoum, Lisbon, Luanda, Pyongyang and Rabat as being in danger of closure as a result of the budget cuts.

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09:22 January 27, 2011 by calebian22
No more trips to Petra
10:43 January 27, 2011 by Nemesis
Strange, the government has been claiming that Sweden is doing well and in growth, yet still has budget cuts.

See this previous article for those claims.


Closing embassies in Buenos Aires, Brussels, Hanoi, Lisbon and Kuala Lumpur does not strike me as budget cuts, more as stupidity.

PS: Coincidently, the complete list of embassies and consuls that Sweden is closing, are all in countries that people were deemed to be unfit to be Swedish under the Racial Hygiene laws that were in Sweden until 1976. Very strange coincidence.
11:38 January 27, 2011 by Beavis
Glad to see the Hanoi embassy close.I hope the staff have been let go also. Having been in a state of emergency during a tropical storm a couple of years ago in Veitnam, they were most unhelpful at the Swedish embassy. We sent them an email asking where we should try to get to for safety as the army was begining to evacuate people and their responce was " These things happen, Veitnam is a 3rd world country" Thankfully the Irish embassy called our hotel,took our details,advised us to travel south and let them know when we were in a safe area.

I guess thats what you call karma Hanoi embassy people! :)
12:43 January 27, 2011 by UScitizen
Isn't there currently a lot of political unrest in Guatemala, Jordan, Cyprus, Uganda and Brazil? What does that say about the Swedish government? Hey, I don't blame them for not wanting to get involved but be a little more honest about it.
13:29 January 27, 2011 by big5
@ Nemesis, you write: "Strange, the government has been claiming that Sweden is doing well and in growth, yet still has budget cuts."

The budget cuts were forced on the govt by the right-wing, xenophobic Sweden Democrats working together with the Social Democrats, Communists, and Greens.

The economy is doing well, growth is excellent, and there is no need for the budget cuts imposed by the entire gathered opposition.
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