Swedish Church Phuket celebrates 10 years

Swedish Church in Phuket will hold a 10 Years Anniversary sermon on Sunday 18 February, 11 am until 2 pm, at Phuket Orchid Resort Spa.

Photo: Frederik Sonne

The Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok will be represented by H.E. Ambassador Staffan Herrstöm and his wife Karin Herrström, as well as Senior Consul Mr Per Kågeby. The priest couple that initiated the Swedish church Phuket chapter, Per and Gennet Edler will attend.

Stories to be told about how it all started, the journey so far and what the church has meant for the Swedes during these years.

Priest Erik Stenberg-Roos and his assistant wife Anna Stenberg got their assignment extended in August 2017 but in the summer 2018 their stint in Phuket, Thailand will come to and end.

“First we’re going to Sweden for a holiday, and what will happen after we don’t know at the moment,” the priest couple replied to ScandAsia.

The Swedish Church on Phuket looks to continue though: “The future looks very good. Out economy looks ok at the moment, and we do think that a new couple will have arrived here by September.”

Photo: Frederik Sonne

Erik and Anna have not really noticed any change or decline in the Swedish community in Southern Thailand recently. And as for far as the real “nest” for Swedes on the island of Koh Lanta south of Krabi they said: “On Koh Lanta there really are many Swedish citizens, and it looks like it’ll be even more popular in the coming years.

Sources: Svenska kyrkan in Bangkok and Phuket

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