New Ambassador at the Embassy in New Delhi
Sweden's Ambassador to India Harald Sandberg presented his credentials to the President of India Pratibha Devisingh Patil in a ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Friday, 13th July 2012.
Sweden's Ambassador to India Harald Sandberg presented his credentials to the President of India Pratibha Devisingh Patil in a ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Friday, 13th July.
Ambassador Sandberg said that India and Sweden have long standing active and deep relations. India, he pointed out, is central to his Government and people, and India's role as the largest democracy on earth is widely admired in Sweden. For the Swedish Government the further deepening and broadening of relations is a priority. Ambassador Sandberg also said that Sweden and India share the same basic values and that the two countries are built on democracy and pluralism, on law and freedom of expression and of the media. India's growth and its market size increase the importance of the bilateral trade and investment relations, and Ambassador Sandberg mentioned the synergies that can be built on in different fields of industry and services.
Ambassador Sandberg joined the Swedish Foreign Service in 1976 and has served in the Swedish Embassy in Seoul, the Swedish Permanent Representation to the UN in Geneva and at the Swedish Embassy in Washington D.C. In Stockholm he has served i.a. as Head of the Private Office of the Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade, as Deputy Head of the Cabinet Offices EU Co-ordination Secretariat, and as Head of Department for the Promotion of Sweden and Swedish Trade. He has previously been posted as Ambassador to Indonesia (1998-2003) and to South Korea (2003-2005). Prior to his posting in New Delhi he was the Foreign Ministry's Head of Department for Human Resources.