Upprop: Save the Swedish Embassy Compound in Hanoi, Vietnam

Sweden was the first Western country that established diplomatic relations with what was then North Vietnam, in January 1969. In spring 1975, the Swedish State signed a lease of 60 years for an embassy plot in Hanoi of 9500 square meters and subsequently established the building between 1977 and 1980 to designs by the architect Bertil Falck. The complex includes seven buildings of one or two floors. 

The Swedish Embassy is one of the most well recognized diplomatic areas in and a known landmark in Hanoi. The long wall along the major road Kim Ma is an optimal place for public information. The embassy compound is used for many activities and events, which is appreciated by both the Swedish and international community. The impact of the embassy area and the arrangements on the official and public perception of Sweden in Vietnam should not be underestimated. Sweden has through major investments through aid during many years developed a special relationship and goodwill in Vietnam. This has been fruitful for the bilateral business and trade.

 

The Swedish Secretary of Foreign Affairs Frank Belfrage emphasized the good Sweden-Vietnamese relations with a continuous growth in two-way trade since 2011 that reached over 1 billion USD in 2013.  The success of Swedish enterprises in Vietnam shows the attraction of the Vietnamese market to Swedish products (http://www.swedenabroad.com/Pages/StandardPage.aspx?id=71918&epslanguage=en-GB)

The argument that Sweden is in economic hardship has bee brought forward to motivate reductions in costs for foreign relations. However, Sweden have had a steady economic growth, the GDP per capita has increased with 52%  between 1993 and 2014, and since the same time last year 2014 the GDP has increased 3,9% according to Peter Wolodarski  (published in Dagens Nyheter the 6 December 2015).

Why then, in order to make a small and unsure saving (220.000 USD per year), give away the best marketplace Sweden have in Vietnam that with high certainty contribute to the increase in trade and hence increased tax revenues for the Swedish state, much higher then the small and uncertain saving. 

The compound premises could be more effectively utilized by inviting other Swedish authorities, academia entrepreneurs to utilize the area, this could in turn develop to a dynamic and innovative facility that could further boost the Swedish present and growth in Vietnam and the region.

The closedown of the Swedish embassy compound in Hanoi will hence mean an decreased revenue and hence a waste of the investments done during decades.

 

Initiativtagare: Mattias Larsson

 

 

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1.Per Dalin, Country Director
Hanoi
2.Bengt Ekman, tidigare biståndschef Vietnam
Stockholm
3.Anna-Kari Bill
Stockholm
4.Claes Leijon, fd. biståndschef Vietnam
Uppsala
5.Lars Landin, Arkitekt SAR/MSA
Hanoi & Lund
6.Agneta Sundgren
Stockholm
7.Anne Bruzelius, f d Ambassadråd/Bistånd
Stockholm
8.Phuong, Cong Nguyen
Hanoi
9.Kurt Bergstrom
Hanoi.
10.Bertil Nord
Nha Trang
11.Marie Utterman
Stockholm
12.Mattias Larsson, MD, PhD, Associate Professor
Hanoi
13.Martin Sigbjörn - systemutvecklare
Sundsvall
14.Lotta Sylwander, UNICEF Country Representative
Manila
15.Joakim Meuller Bäckman, Government Inspector, Sweden National Fo
Uppsala
16.Staffan Anåker
Hanoi & Säter
17.Lisa Thiel, Kommunikationschef
Stockholm
18.Kim dalin
Solna
19.Lasse Wallen
Stockholm
20.Anders Daréus - Inköpschef
Bromma
21.Jonas Thorsell fd. medföljande
Stockholm
22.Joakim esaiasson
Hanoi
23.Katarina Thorsell, administrativ chef
Nairobi
24.Sten Åberg
Gävle
25.Anders Westin Torpare
Lidtjärnberget
26.JP Cima
Hanoi
27.Bent Jörgensen
Göteborg
28.Christina Rehlen
Stockholm
29.Kurt Jonsson
Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.
30.Michael Coyet, Managing Partner
Yangon
31.Gunilla Odin
Stockholm
32.Helena Scragg, Intendent
Norrköping
33.Staffan Sandström, Universitetslektor Mälardalens högskola och k
Västerås
34.Torgny Jansheden
HÖNÖ
35.Le Thanh Forsberg
Stockholm
36.Sven Grenholm
Umeå
37.Mats Palmgren
Umeå
38.Ric Munro
Canberra
39.Detlef Clöwe, Resident Representative, Uppsala University
Hanoi
40.LInus Olson PhD
Hanoi, Stockholm
41.Marcus Nygårds
Stockholm
42.Klavs B. Nielsen
Hanoi
43.Nguyen Hoang Son
Hanoi
44.Lang
Tran
45.August Wingardh
Ho Chi Minh City
46.Henrik Bjerkeman
Göteborg
47.Ove Andersson
Obbola
48.Helen Maseng
Stockholm
49.Eilert
umeå
50.Peter Alsterstal, Export Area Manager
Enkoping
51.Christer Ahlman Transformer Drying Specialist
Ludvika
52.Nguyen thi minh thoa
Hanoi
53.Ngo Thi Chau
Ho Chi Minh
54.Patrik Spånning Westerlund, arkivarie
Uppsala
55.Jan Sandred, Program Director
Stockholm
56.Lars-Görna Johansson
Norråker (Jämtland,Sweden)
57.Lars-Göran Johansson
Norråker (Jämtland,Sweden)
58.Johan Dalin, Chief engineer
Stockholm
59.Pelle Noren
Stockholm
60.Björn & Brenda Eliasson
Edsele
61.Mr Louis Melin
Söderköping
62.Tomas Thiel
Stockholm
63.Mai Larsson
Hanoi
64.Fredrik Rissén
Stockholm
65.Anna Runeborg
Stockholm

 

Uppropet startades
2015-12-07

 

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