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King and Queen of Sweden to visit Indonesia

Today the Swedish Royal Court announced that His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf and Her Majesty Queen Silvia would make an official state visit to Indonesia. The state visit will take place between 22 and 24 of May at the invitation of the nation’s president, Joko Widodo.

The press release from the Swedish Royal Court says they hope this visit will strengthen political, economic and cultural relations between the Swedish kingdom and Indonesia. Trade and innovation will be the main theme of the tour. With 250 million inhabitants, Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous nation and the third largest democracy. There is, therefore, high potential to increase Swedish exports to this country, it says in the press release. Exact details of the state visit’s agenda have not yet been released, but it is believed that the tour will include public receptions and meetings with the political leadership in the country. It is also highly likely that the King and Queen will see Indonesian culture and various tourist attractions.

Here the King welcomes the Governor General of Canada during a state visit in Stockholm earlier this year. Photo: P: H Garlöv/

This is not King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia’s first visit to Indonesia. In 2012, His Majesty visited the country when he attended a gathering of Scouts in Indonesia. The King is the honour-chief of the international scout movement and with more than 20 million scouts; Indonesia has the world’s largest scouting organisation.

King Carl XVI Gustaf has been on a numerous state visit’s, more than 70, and has hosted even more in Sweden. His first state visit was in October 1974, when the young King travelled to Norway. Spring and fall are the typical seasons for the European royals to either travel on state visits or receive state visit themselves. Tomorrow begins Iceland’s state visit to Norway. Royal Central is present in Oslo and will provide an expansive coverage of this state visit.

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