Swedish ambassador pays tribute at Malaga cemetery

SWEDISH Ambassador in Spain, Cecilia Julin, came to Malaga City on a visit and honoured deceased Swedish compatriots at the Cementerio Ingles.

Mayor of Malaga, Francisco de la Torre, and Swedish Costa del Sol residents accompanied the ambassador to the cemetery – the first Protestant one to be established on the Iberian Peninsula in the 19th century at the request of British Consul at the time, William Mark – to honour the 11 Swedes known to be buried there, six of whom were linked to the diplomatic corps.

Information on the history of the deceased was recently discovered and published in Scandinavian magazine Sydkusten by genealogy expert Barbo Sandh.

 “Many Swedes came to Spain in the 19th century for health reasons, seeking a better climate,” Julin said.

“Today it’s one of the main destinations for tourists, and although this is important for relations, remembering history is too,” the ambassador reflected.

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