The hundredth anniversary of diplomatic relations between Serbia and Sweden was celebrated with a concert of Serbian and Swedish music at the City Hall in Niš. The Embassy of Sweden has devoted a series of events related to this anniversary to Nis. Besides that, on the last day of October, the first plane to Stockholm from the airport “Konstantin Veliki” took off.
“A century ago, the Government of the Kingdom of Serbia, which was then positioned on the island of Corfu, signed a document posting Bogoljub Jevtić a Second Secretary / clerk to a Mission to Stockholm. After a month, he was replaced by the Serbian poet and diplomat, Milan Rakic, who officially opened the first Serbian diplomatic mission. This is the beginning of diplomatic cooperation between our two countries, which has not been interrupted since then, ” said H.E. Mr Jan Lundin, ambassador of Sweden.
On the occasion of this anniversary photographs from the State Archives of Sweden were shown at the City Hall of Nis. They have been displayed to a broad audience thanks to the historian Dušan Topalović, who lives in Sweden.
The Mayor of Nis, Darko Bulatović, emphasized that the City of Niš has a very good cooperation with the Swedish embassy, especially in the field of water purification and waste water management. “Thanks to the Swedien, the city of Niš will get important water purification capacities, which is a great benefit for both the city and the citizens of Niš,” Bulatovic said.
Lundin also met with representatives of the organisation Young Ambassadors in Niš, that the Embassy has been successfully cooperating with for years. “They are our valuable associates and I think that we do not have a similar organization in Sweden. They advocate culture and strive to raise awareness among young people about the significance of culture and why it is so important, because culture makes every nation special, “said Ambassador Jan Lundin.
This manifestation also encompassed a photo exhibition called “Swedish Dads” arranged in cooperation with the organisation “Gnezdo-Beograd and Young Ambassadors. The photos show some precious moments of fathers with their children aiming at pointing out the importance that dads also use the parental right to be absent from work in order to be with their children. The exhibition will be open until November 7th.
The celebration of the first century of diplomatic relations between Serbia and Sweden ended with a concert and the performance of Serbian and Swedish music in the City Hall. The Swedish music was performed by the pianist Milica Lundin, wife of the ambassador and violinist Žana Lekić. The Serbian music was performed by two artists from Niš, Anđela Bratić on flute and Stevan Spalević on piano.