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Canada-Sweden relations

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Bilateral relations

Canada and Sweden enjoy excellent bilateral relations based on people-to-people ties and mutually-beneficial economic partnerships. As two likeminded countries, Canada and Sweden are committed to democratic principles and work closely to support the rules-based international order, multilateralism, and the rule of law, to safeguard democracy and promote human rights, and to advance gender equality. The two countries have adopted a feminist approach to achieve foreign policy, trade and international assistance objectives. As northern democracies, Canada and Sweden work together to promote cooperation in the Arctic and the sustainable development of the region. Canada and Sweden also work to strengthen transatlantic relations to safeguard and enhance our collective security and prosperity.

Canada and Sweden have a number of bilateral agreements in place, including the International Experience Canada Program, which allows young Canadians to live and work for a time in Sweden.

Canada is represented in Sweden by the Embassy of Canada to Sweden, in Stockholm, and by an Honorary Consul in Gothenburg. In Canada, Sweden maintains an Embassy in Ottawa, and Honorary consulates in Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montréal, Québec, Regina, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg.

Trade relations

As export-oriented and democratic countries, Canada and Sweden enjoy a strong commercial relationship based on the promotion of fair, transparent, sustainable, and inclusive trade. The Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) allows both Canadian and Swedish businesses to compete on a truly level playing-field by offering better predictability, protection and transparency. This results in significant trade flows, with bilateral merchandise trade valued at more than $2.8 billion in 2021 and two-way investment at $10 billion (2020). As an open and export-dependent economy, Sweden's support for CETA has been unwavering. Under CETA, tariffs have been eliminated on virtually all of Sweden's exports to Canada including: automotive products (tariffs up to 11%); chemicals and plastics (tariffs up to 15.5%); and furniture (tariffs up to 15.5%).

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Partnerships and organizations

To develop effective responses to today’s most pressing global challenges, Canada and Sweden work closely in multilateral forums, such as:

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