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picture News September, 29 2020
As Time Goes By: Team Sweden Kicked Off the 2020 Business Season As Time Goes By: Team Sweden Kicked Off the 2020 Business Season

Welcomed by Ambassador Mikael Eriksson, Team Sweden - the Embassy of Sweden, Business Sweden and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Estonia, gathered in the Ambassador’s Residence to Kick Off the 2020 Business Season.

This Tuesday 28 January evening, we went back to the times of the Singing Revolution and Estonia’s restored Independence, a period that formed the basis for the ongoing successful Swedish-Estonian cooperation.

 

- Sweden became a pioneer in diplomatic relations with Estonia. Already at the end of 1989, a branch office of the Swedish Consulate General in Leningrad was opened in Tallinn, said Hans Lepp, Culture Attaché at the Embassy 1991-1994.

- And, just a few days after Estonia’s restored Independence in August 1991, Sweden became the first foreign country to open an Embassy in Estonia.

- Three years later the Embassy could move into the beautiful von Rosen palace in the heart of Tallinn’s Old Town. The palace was built during the 1670’s by the Swedish nobleman Axel von Rosen. Since it nowadays is accommodating the Embassy, you can say that its Swedish past is united with the present, concluded Hans Lepp.

 

- During the years around the end of the 1980’s and the very beginning of the 1990’s, it was mainly small and medium sized Swedish companies that established businesses in Estonia. However, very soon big Swedish enterprises followed, said Toomas Käbin, at that time working for the Swedish Trade Council, nowadays Business Sweden, and also one of the pioneering founders of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Estonia.

- 1989 was one of several intensive years in the rapidly growing business contacts between Sweden and Estonia. The first Swedish business delegation arrived in Estonia, and the first Estonian business delegation came to Stockholm. Official visits by Swedish ministers took place. And, in terms of transports, SAS inaugurated flights to and from Tallinn, and a ferry connection between Tallinn and Stockholm came into regular operation. 

- Sweden came to play a very vital role in Estonia’s commerce, trade and foreign investments, a role that Sweden still plays, concluded Toomas Käbin.

 

On behalf of the SCCE, I would like to thank Ambassador Mikael Eriksson, Hans Lepp and Toomas Käbin for a very interesting, nice and inspiring Kick-Off of the 2020 Business Season.

Sincerely,

Kristiina Brodén - SCCE Ombudsman



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