The Embassy of Sweden in Tirana - EU, feminism and democracy. 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 has a feminist foreign policy and therefore we 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. Therefore, the Swedish Government has launched a policy initiative, called Drive for Democracy. Its purpose is to initiate a renewed effort to strengthen democracy worldwide. The background to this initiative is a growing concern about threats to democracy. 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.
Ms Elsa Håstad Ambassador
Ms Petra Burcher Counsellor, Head of Development Cooperation
Ms Lena Kallmert Counsellor
Mr Johan Willert First Secretary
Ms Mikaela Karlsson Political Adviser & Communication
Ms Linda Gjermani Programme Officer Development Cooperation Good Governance and Justice
Ms Rezarta Katuçi Programme Officer Development Cooperation Gender, Human Rights and Civil Society
Mr Ermir Dajci Programme Officer/Programme Administrator/Development Cooperation Market Development
Ms Ermelinda Xhaja Programme Officer/Development Cooperation Good Governance
Ms Enkeleda Veizaj Administration Officer
Mr Mikel Smaçi Logistics Officer
Ms Merita Pira Receptionist, Personal Assistant
Mr Bashkim Cani Driver/Administrative Assistant
Ms Fatmire Pira Cleaner
Ms Wanja Kaufmann Trainee
Mr Hassan Guyo Trainee