22 May 2018 the Swedish, Finnish and Norwegian Embassies in Maputo came together to celebrate the joint Nordic Day - with Nordic foods, music and a reminder of our common history and values.
The Nordic Day is a joint initiative to celebrate the national days of the Nordic countries represented in Mozambique. The theme of the celebration was Nordic Cooperation as an example of regional cooperation, and aimed to promote exchanges between the Nordic and Mozambican peoples.
The Nordic ambassadors, Marie Andersson de Frutos of Sweden, Laura Torvinen of Finland and Anne Lene Dale of Norway, emphasised in their speech that the joint celebration is a way of drawing attention to the common history and values of the Nordic countries. Keywords were openness, dialogue and consensus, as well as equal opportunities for all. The ambassadors further introduced the concept “Nordic Solutions to Global Challenges”; an initiative by the Prime ministers of the Nordic countries. Sharing knowledge and experience are effective tools in the work to reach the United Nations Sustainability Goals before the year 2030.
Minister of Transport and Communication, H.E. Mr Carlos Mesquita, spoke on behalf of the Mozambican government. H.E, Mesquita highlighted the importance of the event, noting that the friendship and cooperation between Mozambique and the Nordic countries dates back to the beginning of Mozambique’s liberation struggle:
"Since independence, Mozambique has benefited greatly from the bilateral and multilateral cooperation of the Nordic countries - from technical assistance to support for development projects and civil society, placing the Nordics in the group of main development partners of our country.“
One of the main priorities for Mozambique in this partnership is expanding the commercial promotion and cooperation, and ensuring that the Nordic private sector increasingly looks to Mozambique as an attractive country for investments, the minister stressed.
The talented musicians of Xiquitsi classical orchestra performed and presented the Mozambican, the Swedish, the Finnish and the Norwegian national anthems.
There is no celebration without food and in the spirit of the theme of the event; each country presented a little something of national origin: Swedish meatballs, Finnish Karelian Pies and Norwegian salmon.
We would like to raise a huge thank you to the more than 400 guests who participated in the event, both Mozambican and Nordic friends and partners.
If of interest, please see more photos from the evening in an album on our Facebook-page.
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs