Swedish Ambassador to Seoul Lars Danielsson hosted a gala dinner reception at Seoul's Grand Hyatt Hotel on June 3 (Tuesday), 2014 on the occasion of its national day "Sweden Day 2014."
In actuality Swedish National Day falls on June 6 every year. The National Day of Sweden (Sveriges Nationaldag) is a national holiday. It was made into a national day by Riksdagen, the Swedish parliament, in 1983. Previously it was commemorated as "Svenska Flaggans dag," or Swedish Flag Day.
Hundreds of guests from all walks of life were invited to the reception. Among the guests were scores of top foreign envoys serving in South Korea.
The dinner reception began at 6 p.m. on the day and lasted into the evening at the hotel's Grand Ballroom.
Sweden established the diplomatic relations with South Korea in 1959. At the time the Nordic country also opened its ties with North Korea.
During the Korean War (1950-53) Sweden came to aid South Korea invaded by North Korean aggressors.
Under the UN flag Sweden dispatched its Red Cross Field Hospital Unit to South Korea during the Korean conflict.
Currently, some 2,000 South Koreans reside in Sweden.
In 2013 South Korea exported to Sweden 873 million US dollars’ worth of manufactured goods while it imported from Sweden 1,630 million US dollars’ worth of goods, according to the data released from Korea International Trade Association (KITA).
Who Is Ambassador Lars Danielsson?
The Swedish Ambassador to South Korea Lars Danielsson is perhaps one of the most loved top foreign envoys in Seoul in the eyes of the local Korean people. The envoy is also one of the busiest top foreign envoys in South Korea for his ambassadorial activities.
Ambassador Danielsson is arguably one of the ambassadors who are most frequently asked by the local folks for his special lectures on his countries particularly on its welfare system.
As recently as on May 21, 2014 the Swedish envoy was invited to the Central Government Complex in Seoul to give a lecture on “Swedish Social Welfare & Employment System and Social Dialogue.”
Earlier on April 9, 2013 Ambassador Danielsson went back to Stockholm to give a special lecture on the recent political trend of South Korea at the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities in the Swedish capital.
On May 22, 2013 the envoy visited South Korea’s National Assembly to speak about Sweden’s welfare system, culture, and policy in front of the local lawmakers.
On Sept. 9, 2013 he was invited to Seodaemun-gu District Office in Seoul to give a special lecture to local government employees under the title of “Can Korea Adopt the Swedish Welfare Model?”
The envoy also visited local universities to give special lectures to the local students. On Nov. 12, 2012 he lectured Sungkyunkwan University students in Seoul under the title of “Is There a Crisis in the European Union?”
In particular Ambassador Danielsson’s role stands out in his leadership role in “Seoul Literary Society,” a local literature group founded by his predecessor in 2006 and joined by several foreign ambassadors. Presently he serves as its president.
Ambassador Danielsson has abundant experience and expertise in the Asian region.
He has been serving as the Swedish ambassador to South Korea since he came to Seoul in September of 2011.
Prior to his Seoul post he served as consul general at the Swedish Mission in charge of Hong Kong and Macao from 2008 to 2011.
As early as 1981 he served as first secretary at the Swedish Embassy in Beijing. He was there for three years.
Ambassador Danielsson was born on March 9, 1953. He is married to Gunilla von Utfall.
He received his BA degree in public administration from University of Gothenburg in Sweden in 1976.
Fresh from university he became a public employee at Municipality of Laholm. He worked as the city clerk there for two years.
It was in 1980 that he became a diplomat by entering the Swedish Foreign Service.
One year later he was sent to China. He served as first secretary at the Swedish Embassy in Beijing for three years.
For four years from 1984 to 1988 he served as first secretary at the Swedish Mission to the International Organizations in Geneva.
In 1989 he came back to Stockholm to serve as foreign policy advisor to the Prime Minister’s Office.
Two years later he went to New York to serve as political counsellor at the Swedish Mission at the United Nations. He was there for three years.
In 1994 he was promoted to the ambassadorial position. He served as senior foreign policy advisor as well as ambassador at the Prime Minister’s Office in Stockholm.
Starting from 1997 till 2000 he served as chairman of the Swedish Defense Commission.
From 1999 to 2002 he was state secretary for International and EU Affairs at the Prime Minister’s Office in Stockholm. In 2002 he served as Prime Minister’s state secretary.
In 2006 he became an ambassador at Sweden’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Two years later he was sent to Hong Kong to serve as consul general at the Swedish Mission in charge of the former British colony and Macao. He was there until he was named new Swedish ambassador to South Korea in September of 2011.
For details or inquiries call the Swedish Embassy in Seoul at 3703-3700.
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