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Estonia Opened Honorary Consulate in Halmstad, Sweden

27.03.2013

No 105-E

On Monday, 25 March, Foreign Ministry Secretary General for Legal and Consular Affairs Lauri Bambus opened Estonia’s honorary consulate in Halmstad. It is Estonia’s seventh honorary consulate in Sweden. Estonia’s new honorary consul is Jan Erling Lennart Gunnesson.

Foreign Ministry Secretary General Lauri Bambus said at the opening of the honorary consulate that with each new honorary consulate Estonia gains not just one but many friends, through whom economic, cultural and educational ties between Estonia and Sweden can grown stronger. “For example, our honorary consul in Halmstad has business interests in Estonia, which could help to facilitate economic contacts between the countries. We are also interested in closer IT-related co-operation with the city of Halmstad and the county of Halland,” said Bambus. The honorary consul added that of course the honorary consul will also offer support and advice to any Estonian citizens that are in need.

Halland County Elder Lars-Erik Lövdén also spoke at the opening of the honorary consulate, emphasising our unity in the European Union and speaking about Estonia-Sweden economic co-operation.

The consular region of Estonia’s new honorary consul is Halland County and Jonköping County. The honorary consulate is located at the address Linjegatan 11, 30250 Halmstad, Sweden. The honorary consulate can be reached by phone at  +46702190805 or by email: erling.gunnesson@dormertools.com.

Estonian Honorary Consul Jan Erling Lennart Gunnesson was born in 1952 in Halland County in south-western Sweden. He graduated from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg. Gunnesson has worked in international companies in both the United States and Spain, and currently he is the director of the building supply production and distribution company Dormer Tools AB.

In addition to Swedish, the honorary consul also speaks English and Spanish and understands German.

Photos from the opening of the honorary consulate: http://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/sets/721576330911...

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