Philippine diplomatic relations with Scandinavian countries go way back, some dating back to more than 60 years. Migration of Filipinos to said countries, however, could be traced around 40 years ago when during the late 1960s and early 70s, Filipinos who were mostly seafarers and medical professionals settled in some parts of Scandinavia. Today, over 25,000 Filipinos consider Norway, Denmark, and Iceland – the three Scandinavian countries which fall under the Embassy’s jurisdiction – their second home.
Norway, Denmark and Iceland have been steady partners of the Philippines in the areas of maritime, mining, renewable energy, fishing and medical services among others. Trade expansion and development cooperation are also areas which the Philippines and these Scandinavian countries are also currently placing much focus on and importance.