Ambassador Adrien Müller paid an official visit to Gothenburg between 26-28 November 2018. The Ambassador met the political leaders of the city and the region, representatives of business and science communities as well as the Hungarians living in Gothenburg. Ambassador Müller was accompanied by Bengt Halse honorary consul of Hungary in Western Sweden and Zita Fáskerti economic and trade attaché of the Embassy.

At the meeting with Jahja Zeqiraj, the newly elected Vice Mayor of Gothenburg and Anders Danielsson, Governor of Western Sweden, they both presented the opportunities and the challenges the city and the region are facing with, as well as the ambitious development plans providing solid grounds for the city to grow. Gothenburg is the most dynamic city in Sweden. The population is expected to double in the next 30 years, which also means large infrastructural, industrial and business developments. Gothenburg is Sweden’s leading industrial hub with special focus on automotive industry, ICT sector and all related research and innovation. The official visit focused on enhancing bilateral cooperation in the field of business, investment and trade. Ambassador Müller met Mr. Johan Trouvé, Executive Director of Western Sweden Chamber of Commerce and Mr. Patrik Andersson, Director of Business Region Gothenburg. She had meetings with the representatives of the automotive giant, Volvo Group and other companies like Qamcom IT or Move & Walk (conductive education based on Pető method). The visit to Gothenburg proved that potential fields to work for more business relations are in real estate development, smart city solutions, automotive industry, autonomous driving test beds (Zala Zone and Asta Zero) or ICT sector.

Ambassador Müller had fruitful discussions with Anna Dubois, Deputy Rector of Chalmers Technical University, one of Sweden’s leading academic institution which focuses not only on education but on research and development. It is common interest to strengthen mobility in the framework of the Erasmus program and with a bottom-top approach to deepen scientific cooperation between Chalmers and the Hungarian respective institutions, universities. During the visit our delegation met with Hungarian researchers working at the Chalmers University.

Ambassador was welcomed by the CEO of Lindholmen Science Park, Gothenburg which is a great example for academic and business cooperation to enhance research and innovation in applied fields. The projects of the Science Park mainly aim at bringing added-value, new methods and innovations in the automotive industry and the ICT sector.

During her visit Ambassador Müller met the Hungarians living in Gothenburg and made a presentation about Hungary after the April 2018 parliamentary elections at the Kőrösi Csoma Sándor Hungarian Association of Gothenburg. The visit was a great opportunity to meet and talk to the local community.