The Embassy represents Sweden in Kenya, Somalia, Seychelles and Comoros. The Embassy also represents Sweden at United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the United Nations programmes with headquarters in Nairobi. Sweden has an Honorary Consul in Mombasa, Kenya, as well as in Victoria, Seychelles.
The Embassy has staff from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and locally employed, all in all 75 persons. The Embassy is the largest Swedish Embassy worldwide.
The Embassy represents and advances Swedish policies, interests and values in political and economic relations, development cooperation, trade and investment promotion and in cultural and information matters. It provides consular services to Swedish nationals and migration services to non-nationals. The Embassy acts bilaterally, through the European Union (EU) as well as within the United Nations (UN).
Policy areas and activities at the Embassy:
Political and Trade Section
Kenya Development Cooperation Section
Regional Development Cooperation Section
Administration and Consular Section
The Embassy in Nairobi is quite unique in its variety of policy areas and activities. This creates opportunities to ensure coherence as well as to utilise and benefit from synergies.
Swedish policies in support of peace, democracy, human rights, security, development and free trade aim at benefiting global as well as Swedish interests. New global challenges, such as climate change, require common solutions and partnerships.
Development cooperation is an important responsibility for the Embassy. Sweden’s total development aid budget for 2013 amounts to SEK 38,2 billion (USD 5,9 billion), which represents 1% of Sweden’s gross national income (GNI). Sweden is one of the world’s largest providers of development assistance.
The overall goal of Swedish development cooperation is to create conditions for people living in poverty to improve their lives. The assistance is based on protection and promotion of human rights and the perspective of the poor.