Diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Sweden were established in 1947, and have steadily intensified during the years. Sweden has long been a development partner of the Philippines. Sweden’s cooperation with the Philippines focuses on issues concerning the environment, human rights, good governance, training, and assistance to non-government organizations (NGOs).
The Philippines and Sweden have been working together to forge stronger people-to-people links and expand bilateral business opportunities by focusing their discussion on areas of cooperation such as, trade and investment, tourism, renewable energy, water and waste management, sustainable urban development, labor migration and education/cultural exchanges. Both sides agreed to move forward the proposals taken up during this consultation that would lead to further expansion of cooperation between them.
On 08 November 2016, the Embassy of Sweden in Manila was officially re-opened. The re-opening of the embassy signified the importance that Sweden attaches to the Philippines and marked the re-ignition of the bilateral relations.