The Philippines are closing their embassies in Stockholm, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland the 31 October, leaving their embassy in Oslo, Norway as their solve Nordic embassy. The embassy in Oslo already serves Denmark and Iceland as well as Norway.
The Philippines shuts down seven embassies and three consulates this year. Five of them have already been terminated and the two Nordic embassies have begun scaling down their operations in preparation for closure on October 31.
The closing of the 10 diplomatic missions is part of the foreign affair department’s restructuring plan and austerity measures.
“We are re-aligning our budget where they are most needed like in the Middle East,” Rafael Seguis, undersecretary for foreign affairs, told the press Tuesday.
The selection of posts to be closed down was made based on the post’s performance and economic and political importance.
The Philippines has already informed host governments of the terminated posts as well as its respective diplomatic missions here in Manila. The Filipino communities, under the jurisdiction of the said embassies and consulates, have also been informed.