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About the Consulate General of Sweden

The Consulate General of Sweden in Istanbul represents Sweden and the Swedish government in Turkey and promotes Swedish interests.

At the Consulate General there are about 25 employees, whereabout 16 are locally employed and 7 are sent out from the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Here is also a Nordic Liaison Officer and a Culture Attaché working. Consul General Mr. Peter Ericson is the Head of Mission.  

 

The Swedish Palace in Istanbul

The Swedish Palace in Istanbul is Sweden's oldest state property abroad. The grounds in Beyoglu (ancient Pera) were bought in 1757. However, the original building was damaged by fire on several occasions and the present Swedish Palace dates from 1870. In the 1920s, when Ankara became the capital of  Turkey, the diplomatic missions were moved to that city and the old, often magnificent, embassy buildings in Istanbul were transformed into consulates.


Today the Swedish Palace in Istanbul holds offices, official reception rooms on  and the Consul General's residence. It is surrounded by a beautiful garden. Connected to the garden there is a small chapel, built in 1858 by the Swedish envoy.

In 1962, the  Swedish Research Institute  in Istanbul was established. Since 1974, it has been located in the old Dragoman Building in the Palace garden. The Research Institute provides guest rooms, a library, work facilities for visiting scholars and a modern auditorium for up to 50 people. It organises and hosts seminars and academic courses and it is a popular meeting place for Turkish and Swedish scholars.

 

Last updated 29 Aug 2019, 10.52 AM