Equally important to Philippine interests is the protection and promotion of the welfare of the growing Filipino community in the Nordic region.
There are an estimated 50,000 Filipinos residing in the Nordic region - a little over a third of these are in Norway, another one third are in Sweden, a fifth reside in Denmark while the rest live in Finland and Iceland.
Working conditions are generally good in the Nordic countries. The labor sectors in these countries are governed by comprehensive laws/rules/regulations which ensure that mechanisms are in place to address workers’ concerns and basic human rights.
Labor unions are also strong in these countries ensuring that the rights of workers are usually promoted and protected. National labor laws in Nordic countries generally provide sufficient protection for all workers regardless of citizenship or immigration status.
While fiercely proud of their heritage, Filipinos in the Nordic region have also shown a remarkable capacity to integrate into their adopted culture while at the same time contributing elements of their own heritage into Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Finnish or Icelandic society.
The positive contributions of the Filipino community in the Nordic states have helped to further strengthen the friendly relations between the Philippines and these countries.
To date, there are about 100 Filipino community associations in the Nordic region that are registered with the Philippine Embassy.
The Embassy regular reaches out to many of these organizations to partner with them in extending assistance to Filipinos in distress.