On Tuesday 3 June, The King and Queen held an audience at the Royal Palace of Stockholm for Swedish honorary consuls working in Africa.
Lena Sundh from the Swedish Embassy in Luanda, Angola, presented the honorary consuls and the delegates from the embassy and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs to The King and Queen.
The following honorary consuls were then awarded the Knight of the Royal Order of the Polar Star Class 1:
Arne Birger Johansen, honorary consul, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Fernando Santos de Moeda, honorary consul, Praia, Cape Verde.
The Royal Order of the Polar Star is presented to foreign citizens in recognition of personal efforts for Sweden or Swedish interests.
There are around 400 Swedish honorary consulates. Their task is to assist the embassies and career consulates with various duties. An honorary consulate is led by an honorary consul. The position of honorary consul is an unpaid honorary role. An honorary consul can be a Swedish citizen or a foreign citizen.
Find out more about honorary consulates here.