Kosovo–Sweden relations

Kosovo–Sweden relations are foreign relations between Kosovo[a] and Sweden. Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia on 17 February 2008 and Sweden recognised it on 4 March 2008.[1] Kosovo opened an embassy in Stockholm on 15 December 2009.[2] The Swedish Liaison Office in Pristina, which was later upgraded to embassy status, represents Sweden's interests in the Republic of Kosovo.[3] On 8 March 2008, the Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt became the first foreign minister to officially visit Kosovo since it declared its independence.[4] The two countries enjoy very good and friendly relations.



Diplomatic mission
Embassy of Kosovo, StockholmEmbassy of Sweden, Pristina
Ambassador Shkendije Geci-SherifiAmbassador Karin Hernmarck Ahliny
Kosovan embassy in Stockholm, Sweden.


Sweden currently has 243 troops serving in Kosovo as peacekeepers in the NATO led Kosovo Force.[5]

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Notes and references


a. ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008. Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the 2013 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo is currently (this note self-updates) recognized as an independent state by 98 out of the 193 United Nations member states. In total, 113 UN member states recognized Kosovo at some point, of which 15 later withdrew their recognition.


  1. "Sweden recognises the Republic of Kosovo" (Press release). Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. 2008-03-04. Archived from the original on 2008-03-05. Retrieved 2008-03-04.
  2. Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo in Stockholm
  3. Liaison Office of Sweden in Pristina, Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
  4. Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt to visit Kosovo and Macedonia, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, 6 March 2008.
  5. "Kosovo Force (KFOR)" www.nato.int Link accessed 21-07-09.