Sweden celebrates its National Day and highlights strong relations with Egypt

Ahmed Kotb , Friday 9 Jun 2023

On the occasion of celebrating the National Day of Sweden, its ambassador Håkan Emsgård praised the deep historical ties with Egypt and the importance of Swedish-Egyptian business relations.

Sweden National Day celebration featured an exhibition by 20 Swedish companies in Egypt (photo credit of Sweden Embassy)


Sweden's National Day, celebrated annually on 6 June, marks a significant milestone in the history of the country. This year's celebrations have taken on a special significance as Sweden commemorates its 500th anniversary as an independent kingdom. As part of these festivities, the embassy of Sweden in Cairo hosted a grand event at the ambassador’s residence in Zamalek, to celebrate the deepening ties between Sweden and Egypt and highlight the contributions of Swedish businesses to Egypt's economy.

The Swedish Ambassador to Egypt, Håkan Emsgård, said that Sewden’s National Day celebration in Egypt drew attention to many Swedish companies operating in Egypt, and the contribution they make to the Egyptian society. The event brought together government officials, dignitaries, business leaders and representatives from all walks of life to strengthen economic partnerships and explore new investment opportunities, with the Egyptian Minister of International Cooperation Rania Al-Mashat, present as a guest of honor.

He also pointed out that Swedish companies have made a substantial investments across a wide range of sectors, including renewable energy manufacturing telecommunications retail and infrastructure.

“These investments have created new jobs and increased Egyptian experts to world markets," he said

Ambassador Emsgård added, “these investments have not only contributed to the creation of new jobs but also to the transfer of technology and knowledge as well as increased Egyptian exports to the world markets.”

The celebration featured an exhibition by 20 of the Swedish companies operating in Egypt where they showcased their innovative products and services. Guests had the opportunity to engage with industry leaders, learn about Sweden's expertise in various sectors, and explore potential collaborations. This exhibition highlighted the significant contributions made by Swedish businesses to Egypt's economic progress, fostering a stronger partnership between the two nations.

On 6 June 1523, Gustav Vasa was elected King of Sweden. With this, Sweden left the so-called Kalmar Union with Denmark and Norway, and became fully independent. This laid the foundation of Sweden as the modern European nation state it is today.

Sweden Day celebration was organized in collaboration with the following Swedish companies ABB, Absolut, AstraZeneca, Ericsson, IKEA, Oriflame, Tetra Pak and many more.

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