Latvia names new ambassador to Sweden

Latvia’s new ambassador to Sweden has presented her credentials to King Carl XVI Gustav, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Nov. 30.

Elita Kuzma was named ambassador to Sweden on Nov. 10 and presented her credentials to the king on Nov. 30, according to the ministry. She previously was Latvia’s ambassador to Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary, Lichtenstein and Switzerland.

Kuzma replaces Artis Bērtulis.

Latvia also has five honorary consuls in Sweden: Ingemar Nilsson in Skanör, Robert Rydingstam in Göteborg, Stig Thorsson in Stockholm, Andris Nolendorfs in Nybro, and Egil F. Linge in Visby.

Also on Nov. 30, President Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga presented an accreditation letter to Maija Manika, Latvia’s new ambassador to Macedonia, the president’s press office announced. Manika previously served as a deputy state secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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