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Honorary PH consul general in Stockholm succumbs to COVID-19

/ 10:02 AM April 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines’ honorary consul general in Stockholm, Sweden succumbed to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Monday.

In a statement, the DFA said Philippine Honorary Consul General in Stockholm Erik Belfrage died of complications arising from COVID-19 on Saturday. He was 74.

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Belfrage is survived by his wife Anna, brother Frank and his children.

“The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs mourns the passing of its valued and esteemed honorary member, and a true friend of the country,” the DFA said.

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Belfrage, who was a former diplomat for the Swedish Foreign Service, headed the Philippine Consulate General in Stockholm since 2013.

“His efforts helped Philippines-Sweden relations expand significantly in the last few years, culminating in both countries’ decision to re-open their respective Embassies – the Embassy of Sweden in Manila in 2016 and the Philippine Embassy in Stockholm set for later this year,” the DFA said.

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“He has also helped many Filipinos during his term of service,” it added.

The DFA and the embassy also extended its condolences to Belfrage’s family.

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