Ambassador Jonas Hafström Bio

Ambassador Jonas Hafström presented his Letter of Credence to the President of the United States of America on September 18, 2007.

Ambassador Hafström arrived in Washington, DC following three years as Ambassador of Sweden to Thailand, also accredited to Laos, Cambodia and  Burma /Myanmar - a position he had held since 2004.

From 2000 to 2004, he was  Deputy Director for Consular Affairs and Civil Law at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm.

For three years (1991-1994) he served as foreign policy adviser to Prime Minister Carl Bildt. Between 1987-1991 and 1994-2000, he was foreign policy adviser to Carl Bildt in his position as leader of the opposition.
Jonas Hafström joined the Foreign Service in 1979. Shortly thereafter he worked as Press Secretary to the Minister of Justice 1979-1981.

His first posting was as First Secretary at the Embassy in Teheran from 1982-1984. He then spent the following two years as First Secretary at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, DC.

Ambassador Hafström also served as a member of the Swedish Defense Committee 1998-99.

Born in 1948, Jonas Hafström is a graduate of the University of Lund and holds a degree in law. During his college years, he was President of the Student Union in Lund. The following two and a half years he served as District Clerk at the District Court in Nyköping.

Jonas Hafström is a Non-Commissioned Reserve Captain of the Swedish Army and served as  Aide D’Camp to the Swedish Commanding Officer in the United Nations Peace Keeping Operations in the Middle East in 1977.

He received the “Jonas Weiss Memorial Award” in 2005 and The Seraphim Medal from His Majesty the King in 2008 "for meritorious contributions during the tsunami catastrophe in Southeast Asia".

Ambassador Hafström and his wife Eva have three children.

                                                          March 2009