Turkey-Sweden Relations

It can be said that the official history of our political relations with Sweden is based on the beginning of the 17th century. After defeat in battle with Russia in 1709, the Ottoman Empire took refuge in XII. Karl (Demirbas Sharl) and his army, for five years, ruled the country from the Ottoman lands, respectively Bender and Edirne.

In the period of the Ottoman Empire and Sweden in 1737 in the Trade Agreement and the 1739 “Peace, Union and Friendship Alliance” was signed, followed by the establishment of our Republic of Turkey relationship seamlessly with the Friendship Agreement signed in May 31, 1924 and has continued to develop.

The first representative of the Republic of Turkey is a secular Mukbil Bey who in his capacity as charge d’affaires in Stockholm between the years 1923-1926. It dates from the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey until today in Stockholm shows continuous operations.

The relations between Turkey and Sweden remain positive. Sweden, which came first among members who made concrete contributions to EU foreign policy, is among the countries that support our EU membership in this framework. Our bilateral relations have been moved to a new level with the “Strategic Partnership Declaration” signed during the 11th President of the Republic, Mr. Abdullah Gül’s State Visit to Sweden on 11-13 March 2013. The bilateral trade volume between Sweden and Turkey, in 2016, was realized as 2.68 billion US dollars (exports: 1.21 billion; imports: 1.47 billion US dollars).

Important export items for Turkey, Sweden, textile and apparel products (is the case in terms of textiles in our country Sweden’s third supplier), their parts and components of motor vehicles, televisions, refrigerators, ceramic is the products, the main import items are iron and steel products, machinery and equipment’s, electrical appliances, motor vehicles, pharmaceuticals and other chemicals. The sum of direct investments from Sweden to the country between 2002 and 2016 is USD 289 million and the sum of the direct investments made to Sweden by our country is USD 56 million.

Committee for Economic and Commercial Partnership between Sweden and Turkey (eToken) Declaration on the establishment, through an exchange of letters was signed on August 10, 2014.

The number of tourists from Sweden to Turkey, about 321 thousand in 2016.

Founded in 1477, one of the oldest universities in the world, the Department of Turcology at Uppsala University has a history of about 170 years. Finally, our 11th President Abdullah Gul during the visit of the State in which they perform in the 11 to 13 March 2013 at Stockholm University within the “Institute for Studies on Turkey” was launched.

The Turkish population of about 115 thousand people living in Sweden is one of the largest immigrant groups in the country and is an important element of our bilateral relations. In the Swedish Parliament, Turkey has 8 MP origin.

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