Swedish Ambassador Presents Credentials in Brunei

The Swedish Ambassador to Singapore, Pär Ahlberger, visited Brunei from February 21st to 25th 2007. The purpose of the visit was to present his credentials to Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah of Brunei. 
During his stay the Ambassador met not only the Sultan, but also the Brunei Ministers for Health and Communication.
“I had a discussion about traffic safety which is something that concerns this small country a lot,” says the Ambassador who also got the chance to introduce an exchange program for students in the health sector. 
During the four days visit, the Ambassador also managed to see some of the Sultanate and he was surprised to learn that more than 70 per cent of Brunei is covered by forest – same as is the case for Sweden. 
When not enjoying the surprisingly green nature, the Ambassador participated in the celebrations of the Bruneian National Day which was held at a large football stadium. Unfortunately, there were not so many countrymen for the Ambassador to meet. 
        “There are about four Swedes living in Brunei, as far as I know. They all work for foreign companies as there are no Swedish companies present in Brunei at the moment,” says Pär Ahlberger.

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