by Minister for Foreign Affairs Titus Corlatean
On the auspicious occasion of the National Day of the Kingdom of Sweden, I would like to convey to the Government and people of Sweden sincere and cordial congratulations, as well as our best wishes for continued success and prosperity.
The 6th of June has a particular significance for the Kingdom of Sweden and for the Swedish people celebrating the National Day so abundant in historical symbols. On this day, the first King of Sweden, Gustav Vasa, came to power in 1523. In 1660, Sweden and Denmark signed a peace treaty on June 6th. On the same day, in 1809, Sweden declared its independence and adopted a Constitution. Since 1916, the 6th of June is the Swedish Flag Day and, since 1983, the National Day.
Romania and the Kingdom of Sweden are linked by historical ties.
Princes such as Dimitrie Cantemir, Nicolae Mavrocordat, Constantin Brancoveanu or Stefan Cantacuzino had numerous contacts with Carl XII, the King of Sweden. Carl XII spent time in Romania, and was welcomed here, when he crossed Romania to go back to Sweden, after four years in exile, in Tighina, on the territory of today’s Republic of Moldova. In the second half of the nineteenth century, especially after the War of Independence of Romania, several Swedish Consulates were established in Romania.
Constantin Karadja, a distinguished Romanian diplomat, declared “righteous among nations” by the Yad Vashem Memorial, was born and brought up in Sweden. Constantin Karadja is the author of the first Consular Handbook for diplomats, published for the first time in 2014 and launched at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Romania a few months ago.
Nowadays Romania and the Kingdom of Sweden enjoy a special relation, strengthened by a remarkable multifaceted cooperation and based on close economic ties and dynamic political dialogue. Our countries have similar views on a wide range of topical and strategic issues, of particular interest to the European Union.
Sweden has liberalized the labor market for Romanian citizens since January 1, 2007. The Romanian community in Sweden, over 30,000 people, contributes to the Swedish economy and welfare system. There has always been a keen interest on the Swedish side for the Romanian culture, as well as on the Romanian side for Swedish culture and society. Our famous conductor Sergiu Celibidache conducted the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra between 1963 and 1971, turning it into a world-famous institution. August Strindberg’s plays have been staged on many Romanian theatres, by prestigious Romanian directors. Many in Romania enjoy the Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium Trilogy” and other Swedish crime novels.
Based on our close and enduring links, Romania and the Kingdom of Sweden have a strong foundation to further consolidate our bilateral dialogue and cooperation in the European Union framework not only at political and governmental level, but also paying special attention to the cooperation in economy and business, academia and civil society. The economic, political, cultural and social links offer solid grounds for an ever closer, future-oriented partnership between our countries.
Romania shares the joy of the June 6th celebrations and wishes the Swedish people a Happy National Day!”