Sweden opened the Embassy in Tirana 2010, however Sweden has been engaged with Albania’s years of transition, democratization and EU-accession thanks to development cooperation since 2001. The Embassy of Sweden’s work is focused on supporting Albania in its EU-integration process. The main priorities are economic development, democracy and human rights, and environment and climate change issues. Sweden emphasize the strengthening of women’s rights, resources and representation in everything we do. Sweden's development cooperation with Albania amounts to approximately 15 million euro annually.
We need to talk about democracy every day.
The freedom to choose, speak, think and love can never be taken for granted. Democracy and democratic values is a priority for Sweden. Democratic principles and values are being threatened, freedom of expression and association are on the decline, democratic institutions are being weakened and the democratic space for civil society is shrinking.
Sweden will stand up for democratic principles in all contexts, work to ensure that democracy is strengthened, and voice criticism against democratic deficits or risks of backsliding.
In addition, Sweden promotes cultural exchanges and good trade relations between Sweden and Albania. The embassy is situated in Tiranas "student city", providing opportunities for dialogue with young people.