Photographer: Åke E:son Lindman
Sveriges ambassad i Warszawa
Warsaw, Poland. Embassy and Ambassador’s residence
When the Embassy of Sweden in Warsaw was completed in 1938, the enormous cost of the build – SEK 600,000 – attracted a great deal of attention.
Part of Second World War history
When the Embassy of Sweden in Warsaw was completed in 1938, the enormous cost of the build – SEK 600,000 – attracted a great deal of attention. The building contractor Dluski & Puzyna was owned by Prince Puzyna. With the breakout of the Second World War imminent, those in charge of the Swedish mission in Warsaw also wanted a bomb shelter added in the basement. After much discussion, they managed to convince the authorities in Stockholm and received an additional SEK 36,000 to build the shelter. As it turned out, when the Germans bombed and invaded the country, the shelter saved the lives not only of numerous Swedes, but also many others who sought refuge at the Swedish Embassy and survived the war as a result. The property itself survived the bombings relatively unscathed.
In 1989, the National Property Board Sweden (SFV) added another floor to the Embassy and installed a lift. In 1999, SFV built a new migration office and renovated the Embassy façades. By 2000, the garden was in need of an extensive overhaul, and it is this garden design that exists today. In 2004, SFV remodelled the kitchen in the residence.
The Embassy comprises the chancery, migration office and Ambassador's residence. The chancery measures 992 m2 and the residence occupies an area of 912 m2.