Mexico–Sweden relations

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Mexico–Sweden relations
Map indicating locations of Mexico and Sweden



Mexico–Sweden relations refers to the diplomatic relations between Mexico and Sweden. Both nations are members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the United Nations.


Diplomatic relations between the two nations were established in 1850.[1] On 29 July 1885, the Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation was signed between the two nations.[2] In 1956, the Swedish embassy in Mexico City opened.[3]

In 1982, Swedish King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia paid an official visit to Mexico. The monarchs would later pay a state visit to Mexico in 2002.[2] There have also been several high levels visits by Mexican presidents and Swedish prime ministers to each other's countries respectively.[2]

In 1982, Alfonso García Robles of Mexico and Alva Myrdal of Sweden received a Nobel Peace Prize "[for] their magnificent work in the disarmament negotiations of the United Nations, where they have both played crucial roles and won international recognition".[4]

State visits[edit]

Prime Minister Thorbjörn Fälldin attending a summit in Cancun along with his Mexican counterpart, President José López Portillo; 1981

Presidential visits from Mexico to Sweden[5][6][2]

Royal and Prime Ministerial visits from Sweden to Mexico[7][8][9]


Embassy of Mexico in Stockholm

In 1997, Mexico signed a Free Trade Agreement with the European Union (which includes Sweden). Since then, trade between the two nations have increased dramatically. In 2014, trade between Mexico and Sweden totaled $1,16 billion (USD).[10] Sweden is Mexico's 31st biggest trading partner globally. Among the products that Mexico exports to Sweden are: manufactured goods and alcohol. Swedish exports to Mexico are also mainly manufactured products, automobiles and pharmaceuticals. There are over 200 Swedish companies operating in Mexico today, among them are: Ericsson, Volvo and AstraZeneca, among others.[11][12] Between 1999 and 2008, Swedish companies have invested over $800 million USD into the Mexican economy making Sweden the ninth biggest foreign direct investor in Mexico, hailing from the European Union.[13]

Resident diplomatic missions[edit]

See also[edit]