There are around 1500 Swedish citizens living in Hong Kong and thereby a quite vital Swedish community. The major organisations meet on a regular basis together with the Chamber of Commerce and Consulate General, and are taking active roles in events like lucia and midsummer celebrations. The Swedish organisations are in many cases working as social networks and can provide valuable tips and advice before settling in Hong Kong as well as support once moving here.
Consulate General of Sweden in Hong Kong
The Consulate General of Sweden is the official representation of Sweden in Hong Kong and Macau. The main task for the Consulate General is to promote Sweden and Swedish interests in Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR. Consular services to the Swedish community is another very important task. The Consulate is engaged in a wide variety of activities to promote Swedish business interests and products, investment to Sweden, exchange in research and higher education, cultural exchange as well as tourism. Furthermore, the Consulate provides the Swedish Government with information on political and economic developments in Hong Kong and Macau.
Business Sweden (the Swedish Trade & Invest Council) is commissioned by the Swedish Government to help Swedish companies grow global sales and international companies invest and expand in Sweden. Business Sweden have been in Hong Kong since 1982 and co-founded Nordic Innovation House in 2018. Nordic Innovation House is a global initiative to support Nordic companies to enter global innovation hubs by offering a strong community, connections to the local ecosystem, and programs for acceleration.
Svenska Skolan i Hong Kong
The Swedish School in Hong Kong offers Swedish classes for Swedish speaking children from 6 to 16 years of age. The Swedish School follows Skolverket’s “Kursplan i svenska för kompletterande undervisning för svenska elever i utlandet" and offers classes of two lesson hours a week.
Hong Kong SWEA is a global network for Swedish-speaking women who live or have lived abroad. SWEA in Hong Kong is an important local network for many of its members and is regularly organising activities and events of various kinds like hikes, excursions and dinners. https://hongkong.swea.org/
Bulletinen is a non-profit publication in Swedish for the Swedish speaking community in Hong Kong. Its content is a mixture of updates and event notifications, as well as features and reports on topics and happenings that are relevant to the Swedish speaking community in the region.
Among student circles, the Swedish Culture Association is an active alumni network with Young Professionals from Hong Kong and Macau with previous educational experience in Sweden. Likewise, the Swedish Society of Hong Kong University is a local student organisation aspiring to promote Swedish culture. Until 2020, the Church of Sweden had a priest positioned in Hong Kong, but decisions regarding future presence in the region are yet to be made by SKUT (Church of Sweden Abroad).