It has been decided that the Swedish Honorary Consulate in Penang will be closed. The State Department makes continuous review of the need for Honorary Consulates around the world. These are mainly in areas with a significant Swedish colony, large Swedish tourism or where the promotion of Sweden is considered particularly important.
It has turned out that the Swedish tourist stream to Penang has gone down significantly in recent years, resulting in few issues for the consulate to deal with. The number of resident Swedes is also so small that it cannot justify maintaining the consulate’s activity after the current consul retired.
Responsibility for the area covered up to the closure by the Consulate now lies fully with the Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, which is located at a reasonable distance from Penang.