Estonia–Sweden relations

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Estonia–Sweden relations
Map indicating locations of Estonia and Sweden



Estonia–Sweden relations are foreign relations between Estonia and Sweden. Estonia was wholly or partially under Swedish rule between 1561 and 1721.

In 1944, Sweden became one of the first among the few countries to recognize the Soviet occupation of the Baltic countries. In 1945, Stockholm extradited to the Soviet Union around 170 Waffen SS-soldiers from the Baltic countries who had fled the Red Army and found refuge in Sweden. On 15 August 2011, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt officially apologized to the prime ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in a ceremony in Stockholm saying that "Sweden owes its Baltic neighbours a "debt of honour" for turning a blind eye to post-war Soviet occupation" and speaking of "a dark moment" in his country's history.[1] Sweden re-recognized Estonia on 27 August 1991.

Estonia has an embassy in Stockholm and 5 honorary consulates (in Eskilstuna, Gothenburg, Karlskrona, Malmö and Visby). Sweden has an embassy in Tallinn and 2 honorary consulates (in Narva and Tartu).

Both countries are full members of the Council of the Baltic Sea States and of the European Union.

Bilateral visits[edit]

Since Estonia's independence, there have been many visits between leaders and senior officials from the two countries. In the last few years, the most important were:

To Sweden:

To Estonia:

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