Sweden (The Kingdom of)

History of Relations | Diplomatic Representation | Travel Info | Health Requirements | Climate Info | Currency Info | Trade Info | Visits and Meetings | Agreements | Interest Groups/ Organisations

History of Relations

Formal relations between Sweden and South Africa date back to the 1930s when a South African legation was opened in Stockholm. Relations were upgraded to ambassadorial level in 1994. Sweden strongly supported the struggle for democracy in South Africa during the apartheid period. A South African – Swedish Binational Commission was inaugurated in September 2000 by President Mbeki and Prime Minister Göran Persson.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Sweden

H E Ms B S Mabandla
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African Embassy

Swedish Representation in South Africa

H E Mr H Juholt
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Swedish Embassy

Travel Info

Visa requirements for South Africans

For more information contact the Swedish Embassy in Pretoria.

Health requirements

No vaccination requirements are needed for any international traveller.

For further information go to Travelers' Health.

Climate Info

In spite of its northern position, Sweden has a relatively mild climate which varies, owing to its great length. The summers can be hot but get shorter further north. The midnight sun can be seen between mid-May and mid-June above the Arctic Circle. Winters can be very cold.

For up-to-date weather information click here.

Currency Info

The Monetary Unit is the Swedish Krona (SEK).

For current exchange rates click here.

State and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings

No Information

Bilateral Agreements

If you have any queries with regard to treaties please contact the Treaty Section of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) at 012 351 1000.

Trade Info

South African exports to Sweden include mineral products, wood products, machinery and mechanical appliances. South Africa mainly imports products such as electrical equipment, chemical products, wood pulp, textiles as well as machinery from Sweden.

For current information on trade statistics between South Africa and Sweden, visit the website of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition of South Africa.

Interest Groups and Information

No Information

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