Welcome to the Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok.
Sweden and Thailand established diplomatic relations in 1883.
Swedish representation in Thailand and a regional mission
The Embassy in Bangkok is one of the largest Swedish Embassies in Asia. In addition to the Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok, there are Swedish Honorary Consulates in Phuket, Pattaya, Chiang Mai and Hua Hin that can, for example, give Swedes with some consular support.
The Ambassador of Sweden to Thailand is also side-accredited to Laos and Myanmar. This means that the Ambassador, though based in Thailand, is also the Swedish Ambassador to these countries.
Activities and priorities of the Embassy
The over all role of the Swedish Ambassador to Thailand, Mr Staffan Herrström, is to strengthen the relations between Sweden and Thailand. These relations concern the contacts between our Governments, but also between companies, organisations and our people.
The Consular Section of the Embassy supports Swedish citizens that may need consular support in Thailand. Thailand is one of the most popular Swedish tourist destinations and the Consular activities are one of the highest prioritised responsibilities of the Embassy. In addition to Thailand, the Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok has a support function with regards to crisis response management of other Swedish Embassies in the region.
More and more Thais would like to visit Sweden each year and contact the Visa Section of the Embassy of Sweden to apply for Visa or Residence Permits. The Embassy in Bangkok is one of the Swedish Embassies that process the most migration issues each year.
The Political Section of the Embassy focuses on the political relations between the countries by maintaining contacts with the Thai Government, authorities and organisations. Further, the section analyses and reports important political events in Thailand and the neighbouring countries to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Stockholm
The Trade and Promotion Section focusing on promoting trade and investment. The person in charge of Press and Cultural issues promotes Sweden in general and creative industries in particular.
The Commercial Section of the Embassy focuses on the economic relations between our countries. The section promotes trade between the countries by for example mapping business opportunities and helping Thai companies that are interested in the Swedish market, and vice versa.
The Development Section of the Embassy has responsibility for the Swedish development assistance to Myanmar and the Swedish regional development cooperation with Asia. For development assistance to Myanmar focus is on human rights and media, the peace process and health. For regional development cooperation the focus areas are democracy and human rights, environment and climate, and sustainable communal services.
The Embassy also hosts the Nordic Liaison Office for Police and Customs Cooperation that works closely with the Thai police to fight international crime.
The Defence Section's role is to represent the Swedish Chief of Defence Force, Secretary of Defence and all members of the Swedish Defence Community, in Thailand. This is carried out by means of good working relationships and liaison with all branches of the Thai Ministry of Defence and the Thai Armed Forces.