Swedish National Day commemorated in Indonesia

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The Swedish Embassy commemorated its National Day in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on Tuesday, ahead of its official day on June 6.

Swedish Ambassador for Indonesia Ewa Polano told a press conference that the national day is conducted to honor Swedish King Gustav Vasa who laid the foundation of Sweden as a separate state on June 6, 1523.

"It also memorize the date when Sweden in 1809 adopted a new constitution including the establishment of civil rights and liberties," she said.

According to Polano, the commemoration is also to celebrate 60 years of diplomatic ties with Indonesia and to promote further good bilateral ties.

"The government of Sweden was actually among the first countries recognizing the state of Indonesia. It was on the Dec. 29, 1949," she said.

Polano said that Sweden and Indonesia have been enjoying a good relation, both politically and economically.

"Bilateral relation between Sweden and Indonesia has been excellent. Our governments had interesting meetings during the last few years," she said.

She said that Indonesia is a home of many Swedish companies and Indonesia enjoys Swedish innovations everyday. "Indonesians have been enjoying our companies' innovation resulted by Tetrapak and Ericsson, among others," she said.

Polano announced that that Swedish government will open its trade office in August to promote bilateral trade.

Source: Xinhua


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