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Improved Swedish interest in Sri Lanka imports after GSP+

An increased interest to import products from Sri Lanka to Sweden has been noticed since the GSP+ came in to function. This was confirmed on Tuesday 20th June during a well-attended breakfast seminar in Stockholm at the premises of the Swedish National Board of Trade.

The seminar was organised by the Sri Lankan Embassy in Stockholm, National Board of Trade and Sweden-Sri Lanka Business Council.

Purpose of the seminar was to inform Swedish importers on how competitive Sri Lanka now is after the GSP+ came into effect.

Many of the participants stated that they have waited for the GSP+ decision to come and then they could ask the Sri Lankan exporters to ship the goods to eagerly waiting Swedish customers.

The cooperation between the organisers started already in 2015 and number of activates has taken place throughout the years which has helped Sri Lankan exporters to find new clients and markets.

Address By the Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe

Address By His Excellency the Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe to the United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for Sustainable Development United Nations, New York 5th June 2017

Madame President,

Mr. Secretary General,

Allow me to express my appreciation to those who have been responsible for organizing this conference – notably Mr. Peter Thomson – President of the General Assembly, the Governments of Fiji and Sweden – co-hosts of the Conference, the Permanent Representatives of Portugal and Singapore – facilitators of preparatory meetings and to the Secretary General of the Conference.This assembly is part of a historic process – The collective international efforts to define and correct the depredations of humankind on the Planet Earth. It is a relatively recent effort, beginning with the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm and the Stockholm Declaration in 1972. Since then we have made much progress in recognizing the environment and its protection as the responsibility of all nations. We have largely accepted the connection between ecological management and the human condition. We have had many conferences, created many institutions. Public awareness and concern about the environment is wider than at any time in history. Yet with all these developments, we have still a long way to go to reach the optimum level of global environmental sustainability. More details

Obtaining updated information on flood situation in Sri Lanka

Dear All / Well-wishers,

Obtaining updated information on flood situation in Sri Lanka

This is to inform you that, you may visit the following website of the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) in Sri Lanka, for updated information on flood situation in Sri Lanka.

Current situation and the need of relief items for the people affected by floods

As of today a total number of 74928 people are located at 366 safe houses, while a number of 177 deaths and number of 5711 damages to the properties are reported due to floods and landslides in Sri Lanka.

Therefore, the Ministry of Disaster Management in Sri Lanka has sought assistance to provide relief items that are required urgently for the flood victims. The list of items urgently required can be downloaded on

If any organization or well-wishers are willing to provide the above items, the items can be sent directly to the Ministry of Disaster Management in Sri Lanka. All consignments should only be addressed to the following:-

Ministry of Disaster Management
Vidya Mawatha
Colombo 07
Sri Lanka.

Please note that the Air freight / Shipment charges should be borne by the sender.

Thank you

Damayanthie Rajapakse
Embassy of Sri Lanka,
Strandvägen 39, 1tr, Box 240 55, 104 50 Stockholm.
Telephone: +46- 8-663 6523/25 Fax: +46-8-6600089

Monetary assistance for the people affected by floods and landslides

Dear All,

Due to heavy monsoon rain in Sri Lanka, several areas of the country have been affected by serious flooding and landslides. According to the Disaster Management Center, Sri Lanka, 61,000 people have been rendered homeless and 99 people have been killed while 100 are still not accounted for.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka has activated the ‘Emergency Response Unite’ to coordinate rescue and relief measures as required, based on the needs of the Disaster Management Center.
In this regard, the Embassy of Sri Lanka has created a mechanism to collect monetary assistance to help the victims. You are able to contribute monetary assistance to the people affected by flooding and landslides through the Embassy.
Account details of the Embassy are as follows;
Bank Name: SEB (Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken)
Branch: Nybrogatan
Account No. : 5213-100-2386
IBAN : SE 51 500000000 521 31002386

You are kindly requested to mention your name and the reason for depositing money.

Thank you very much,

Damayanthie Rajapakse

Embassy of Sri Lanka,

Strandvägen 39, 1tr, Box 240 55, 104 50 Stockholm.
Telephone: +46- 8-663 6523/25 Fax: +46-8-6600089

Minister Ravi Karunanayake assumes duties at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Having received his appointment from President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday 22 May 2017, as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ravi Karunanayake assumed duties  ​at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday morning, Thursday, 25 May 2017.

Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake was received at the Ministry, by ​the ​Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Esala Weerakoon​, senior staff of the Ministry, Ministers including the former Minister of Foreign Affairs and present Minister of Finance & Media Mangala Samaraweera, Parliamentarians and well-wishers.

​Following religious observances involving Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic and Christian dignitaries, the Minister officially assumed duties at the Ministry.  More details

Promotion on Tea and Tourism

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Stockholm in collaboration with the Tea Board of Sri Lanka conducted an event covering promotion of Ceylon tea and tourism in Sri Lanka combined, at the Embassy premises on 30th March 2017.  The event was held particularly inviting the members of the International Women’s Club of Stockholm (IWC), an Association established in 1955  that brings together distinguished local and expatriate ladies  living in Stockholm providing opportunities to interact and share each other’s culture and interests.

The programme lined up for the event included presentations made by the Honorary Tea Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Sweden Ms. Margaretha Haglind, a presentation made by a Tour Operator Mr. Christian Magnusson, giving a Swedish perspective of progress made by Sri Lanka in the tourism sector and a young Swedish national of Sri Lankan origin  Ms.  Annelie Pathirana, giving an overview of the “must see places” in Sri Lanka and reasoning out why a visit to Sri Lanka is considered worthwhile.

Rendition of songs delivered by Sri Lankans living in Sweden added vigor and vitality to the event and kept the IWC members entertained throughout the event.

Variety of tea, provided by the Ceylon Tea Board was on display on the occasion and the guests partook with a delightful spread of savories, sweets and cakes that complemented with none other than a cup of freshly brewed ‘Celyon Tea’.  Demonstration on making hoppers at the venue added an element of amusement to the event.

Number of enquiries made by the guests about Sri Lanka was an indication of their keen interest to visit Sri Lanka.

At the conclusion of the event, the participants were presented with samples of ‘Ceylon Tea’ provided by Sri Lanka Tea Board and promotional material on tourism received from the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, for the guests to reminisce about the afternoon tea party held at the Embassy of Sri Lanka, and thereby encouraging the guests to consider Sri Lanka as their next travel destination.