6-8,000 Swedes visit per month
JM reports that the Representative of the Republic for the Autonomous Region of Madeira, Ireneu Cabral Barreto, yesterday received at the Palácio de São Lourenço the current Ambassador of Sweden to Portugal, to present his farewell greetings, accompanied by the newly appointed Swedish consul for Madeira, Nuno Faria Paulino.
During this meeting, in addition to the formal presentation of the new consul, several topics of common interest were discussed, such as the importance of Nordic and Scandinavian tourism for the regional market, the prospects of increasing air connections between several cities in Sweden and the Autonomous Region, as well as the geopolitical situation in Europe in general.
The Representative of the Republic thanked the Ambassador for the effort to strengthen the economic and cultural ties between his country and the Autonomous Region, which illustrate the close relationship that has linked Sweden to the island for a long time.
Direct flights resume
Sweden has a population similar to Portugal – just over 10 million residents – however, its GDP per capita is close to €51,000 (in 2021), which is almost two and a half times the Portuguese GDP per capita (€21,000).
This financial comfort helps to explain why the Scandinavian country is among the 10 nationalities that most make tourism in Madeira. Before the pandemic, “6,000 to 8,000 a month” travelled to the Region, brought by Swedish airlines operating to the island. But Covid-19 changed the dynamics. Today, charters from international operators ensure the direct connection between the two territories, without the discomfort of passengers having to make a stopover in Lisbon.
According to the Swedish honorary consul in Madeira, Nuno Paulino, who today, together with Ambassador Helena Pilsas, welcomed a group of guests at the opening ceremony of the Consulate in Madeira, the community of Swedes residing on the island is from 100 to 150 people. To these are added other fellow citizens who maintain their tax residency in Sweden, but who live in Madeira for three to five months a year. And now, with the expansion of digital nomads, the consular representation also detects the presence of more young people.
The consular representation in Madeira is located on the 2nd floor of the Arriaga Building in Funchal.
COVID-19 in Madeira: updates can be found in an earlier post