Nordic ”Varangians” serve as imperial lifeguards at the Byzantine court in Constantinople.
Early emissaries from the Swedish court to the Ottoman capital attempt to establish a strategic alliance against the growing power of Russia.
Swedish scholars and researchers undertake research expeditions to the Ottoman Empire, among them Jacob Jonas Björnståhl, Johan David Åkerbladh, Margaretha Heijkensköld and Johan Hedenborg.
The Swedish king Charles XII stays as a guest of the Ottoman sultan in Bender and Demotika after his defeat against Russia at Poltava.
A permanent Swedish embassy is established in the Ottoman capital.
The embassy acquires the current compound in Pera (Beyoglu).
After repeated fires have destroyed the earlier embassy buildings, the current Palais de Suéde is opened.
A house for the Dragoman (interpreter) is added to the embassy compound.
Various Swedes live in Istanbul, among them the photographer Guillaume Berggren and the author Stéphanie Beyel.
Ture J. Arne proposes the establishment of a Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul to offer facilities for ”students of the Orient and the Classical culture”.
At the initiative of prof. Pontus Fahlbeck and Johannes Kolmodin, the last Swedish Dragoman in Istanbul, a Swedish guest house for scholars opens in Moda (Kadiköy) but has to close soon again due to lack of funds.
The Swedish embassy moves to Ankara; a Consul General remains in Istanbul
The first Swedish excavations at Labraunda under the leadership of Prof. Axel W. Persson.
At the initiative of ambassador Adolf Croneborg and prof. Stig Wikander a small Swedish Research Institute is set up within the old Palais de Suède.
After restoration works, the Swedish Research Institute moves into the old Dragoman building.
Financial support from the Swedish government enables full-time employment of a director in Istanbul.
The Dragoman house is extended with a permanent flat for the director and an auditorium for lectures.
An Annex with ten guest rooms is opened next to the Dragoman house.