Sweden opened an embassy in Pyongyang in 1975, and remains among a handful of Western countries with a diplomatic presence in the country. Photo: AFP

As Australian PM Scott Morrison prays, Sweden steps up as mediator for missing Alek Sigley in North Korea

  • Stockholm has long served as a channel for countries that don’t have formal relations with Pyongyang to make contact and work through disputes with it
  • The Nordic nation is ‘dealing with’ the case of student Alek Sigley, who has not been heard from since June 23 and is feared detained by the North
Topic |   North Korea

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Sweden opened an embassy in Pyongyang in 1975, and remains among a handful of Western countries with a diplomatic presence in the country. Photo: AFP
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Australian student Alek Sigley, who is feared to be detained in North Korea after not being in digital contact with friends and family since 25 June. Photo: EPA

‘The only Australian living in North Korea’ Alek Sigley was prolific social media user before he went missing

  • The Australian student was known for posting about his colourful life inside the secretive nation. But if his detention is confirmed, it would add him to a long list of foreigners whose fascination with North Korea landed them in hot water
Topic |   North Korea

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Australian student Alek Sigley, who is feared to be detained in North Korea after not being in digital contact with friends and family since 25 June. Photo: EPA
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