Australia–Sweden relations

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Australia–Sweden relations
Map indicating locations of Sweden and Australia

Sweden

Australia

Australia–Sweden relations are foreign relations between Australia and Sweden. Australia has an embassy in Stockholm. Sweden has an embassy in Canberra as well as a Consulate-General in Sydney. Sweden is also represented by consulates in Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne and Perth.

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Monthly value of Australian merchandise exports to Sweden (A$ millions) since 1988
Monthly value of Swedish merchandise exports to Australia (A$ millions) since 1988

The relationship between Australia and Sweden is strong, particularly in the areas of trade and education services. In 2007, the two way merchandise trade between both countries totalled A$2.6 billion.[1] According to the Swedish Trade Council, Australia's total exports to Sweden increased by more than 27% to approximately A$445m in 2008 while Australia's imports from Sweden increased by more than 7.5% to approximately A$2.5bn. More than 150 Swedish companies have an Australian subsidiary.[2] Both countries also have a Double Taxation Agreement, as well as a bilateral Working Holiday Maker Arrangement.[3]

On the friendship between Australia and Sweden, King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf said that both countries "are like-minded in many ways. It is hard to imagine two countries so far apart and geographically different. Still we have close bonds and enjoy fruitful cooperation".[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Sweden Country Brief, www.dfat.gov.au. Retrieved on 26 January 2008.
  2. ^ DLA partner firms eye Swedish-Australia connection, Legal Business Online. Retrieved on 26 January 2009.
  3. ^ Sweden and Australia: Agreement for the avoidance of double taxation, www.untreaty.un.org. Retrieved on 26 January 2009.
  4. ^ Swedish royals down under, www.thelocal.se. Retrieved on 26 January 2009.

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