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Sweden Shutting Five EU Embassies

Published fredag 22 januari 2010 kl 14.53

The Swedish Foreign Ministry has announced it is shutting five embassies in European Union member states, while at the same time upgrading current the missions in ten other capitals around the world to become embassies there.

So why doesn't the Swedish government think it needs representatives in Ireland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Luxembourg and Bulgaria, and why are Kosovo, Georgia, Moldova, Albania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Rwanda, Bolivia and Cambodia now seen as more important?

Anders Jörle, Head of Press at the Swedish Foreign Ministry, says that the development of the European Union means that Sweden has so much contact with other EU nations that it doesn't need traditional contacts through embassies.

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