Photographer: Åke E:son Lindman
Sveriges ambassad i Rom.
Rome, Italy, Embassy of Sweden
The building that now houses the Embassy of Sweden in Rome was designed in the years 1965–66 and completed in 1967. In April 1977, Sweden purchased the property from the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME) through SFV's predecessor the Swedish National Board of Public Buildings. PIME, an organisation that dates back over 150 years, also owned the villa that previously stood on the same plot.
Right by the main road
Not far from Villa Borghese lies the Piazza Rio de Janeiro in north-east Rome. The Embassy of Sweden enjoys an excellent location in this lively district, close to public transport, restaurants and shops on the nearby Via Nomentana. With its modernist façade, the property stands apart from the surrounding buildings in the area, which are older and more classical in nature
A long history
The Swedish legation in Rome dates back a very long time. It was back in the 15th century that Sweden dispatched a delegate to protect Swedish interests at the Roman Curia, the highest administrative body of the Catholic Church. Today, the Embassy of Sweden covers Italy and the cross-accredited country of San Marino. The Embassy is also responsible for Sweden's relations with the UN bodies based in Rome – FAO, WFP and IFAD.