About the Embassy

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    House of Sweden Photo: Åke E:son Lindman

Welcome to the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, DC.

The former Embassy Chancery was located at the intersection of 15th and M Street in the heart of Washington, DC. Previous locations included a victorian building on R Street, N.W., and the top floor of the Watergate Building along the banks of the Potomac River. In August, 2006 the Embassy returned to the banks of the Potomac River when the new Embassy site House of Sweden opened on the Georgetown waterfront. 

The Embassy of Sweden in Washington, D.C. is one of the largest Swedish missions in the world. The Embassy is the official communications link between the Swedish and American governments. The Ambassador heads the Embassy and is the official representative of the Swedish Government to the United States Government.

In addition to the Ambassador's office and the office of the Deputy Chief of Mission, there are eight sections of the Embassy, each headed by a minister or counselor, who in turn are assisted by staffs of various sizes.
Political Affairs
The political section handles bilateral political questions and does general reporting on U.S. foreign policy back to the Swedish Government.
Trade/Economic Affairs
With an eye toward Swedish interests, the department follow economic developments and U.S. trade policy, and assist public officials and private clients in making contacts with U.S. authorities. Serves as a link between Sweden and the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.
Admin. Affairs
The minister/consul general is the head of the Chancery and is in charge of personnel matters, daily administrative routines, housing and communications. Consular duties include the issuance of passports, visas, labor permits and aid to Swedes in distress.
Finance/Economic Affairs
The financial minister follows and reports back to Sweden on economic and financial developments in the U.S. Transmits information about the Swedish economy to interested persons and institutions in the U.S.
Public Diplomacy Press/Culture
The department keeps abreast of domestic policy issues and cultural trends in the U.S. The department organizes and promotes a wide range of Swedish and Nordic cultural events and stays in contact with Swedish and American media and cultural institutions. The department is also responsible for all external oureach and the Embassys communication tools.
The office works with issues in the science and technology fields, with a focus on innovation and economic growth policies. The office is part of the Swedish Agency for Growth Policy Analysis.
The Office for Defense Industry Cooperation supports the defense trade and industry cooperation.
Defense Works mainly with information about Swedish defense and as a liaison hub between Swedish and U.S. defense authorities.