On Thursday the Swedish Foreign Ministry announced its plans to close a number of diplomatic missions abroad, including the Consulate Generals in both New York and Los Angeles.
The move is being made primarily to save money. Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt says that three years ago his ministry had already run up a 6.5 million US dollar deficit.
The foreign ministry is closing the consulate generals in New York and Los Angeles, as well as those in Canton, China, and the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. Following the phase-out of Swedish development assistance to Sri Lanka, the embassy in Colombo is also closing.