Relations between Georgia and the Kingdom of Sweden

Chronology of Diplomatic Relations

Diplomatic relations between Georgia and the Kingdom of Sweden were established on September 19, 1992.

Diplomatic mission of Georgia to the Kingdom of Sweden was opened in 2006.

Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Kingdom of Sweden

  • Malkhaz Kakabadze - 2016 - to date
  • Konstantin Kavtaradze - 2011-2015
  • Amiran Kavadze - 2006-2011

The Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden to Georgia, which was opened in 2010, is the only diplomatic mission of the Scandinavian countries in Tbilisi.

Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Sweden to Georgia

  • H.E. Ulrich Tidestrom – 2018 – to date
  • H.E. Martina Quick - 2014 - 2018
  • H.E. Diana Janse - 2010-2014

Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Sweden to Georgia with residence in the Kingdom of Sweden

  • H.E. Hans Gunnar Aden - 2006-2009

Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Sweden to Georgia with residence in Moscow

  • H.E. Johan Molander - 2005-2006
  • H.E. Henrik Sven Hirdman - 1995-2005

Fields of Cooperation

Cooperation between Georgia and the Kingdom of Sweden is developing dynamically both in bilateral and multilateral formats.  Sweden’s (co-author of Eastern Partnership Initiative) active support and involvement in Georgia’s European integration process is important. Sweden plays a huge role in promoting effective implementation of the EaP initiative.

The government of the Kingdom of Sweden significantly supports Georgia through International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). Out of the EU member states the Kingdom of Sweden is one of the most important donors for Georgia.  The strategy of Cooperation 2014-2020 envisages the following directions: strengthening economic integration into the EU and developing functioning market economy; strengthening democracy, respect for human rights and developing of state in the frame of rule of law; improvement of environment through reducing the impact on environment. According to the Midterm Report of Strategy Implementation Georgia responds to the country priorities, defined by the SIDA, positively.

In 2015 Swedish-Georgian Guild of Guardians’ was founded.

There is ongoing active cooperation in the field of defence since 2009 which covers various directions, including sharing experience for the purpose of participation in international operations.

In 2013 cooperation between legislative bodies moved to a qualitatively new stage, when the Head of the Parliament of the Kingdom of Sweden (Riksdag) - Per Westerberg visited Georgia and inaugurated the project of inter-parliamentary cooperation. Under the project in 2013-2014 the parliaments of the two countries shared experience, exchanged visits and organized the training tours for the members of the Georgian Parliament.

Various educational and cultural projects have been carried out, of which the cooperation between Stockholm’s ethnographic museum “Skansen” and Georgian National Museum is especially noteworthy. There is a successful cooperation between Stockholm’s Business-Historic Center and the Nobel Brothers Georgian Museum. At Malmö University Georgian language courses and the Caucasus Studies Center operate. Folke Bernadotte Academy runs annual short-term training courses in which Georgian representatives participate.

Useful Links:

Government of the Kingdom of Sweden 
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Sweden 
Swedish EU Presidency 
Embassy of Georgia to the Kingdom of Sweden 
Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden to Georgia 
Parliament of the Kingdom of Sweden 
Swedish Royal Family