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The President of Brazil confuses King Harald of Norway for the King of Sweden

The President of Brazil, Michael Temer, visited Norway on Friday to strengthen economic and diplomatic ties between Brazil and Norway. During his visit, Temer spoke with Norway’s prime minister and the leadership of the Norwegian parliament.

After a meeting with Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg, the journey went on to the Royal Palace. There, the President was welcomed by His Majesty King Harald and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon. The two heads of state had lunch together at the Royal Palace before Temer continued with his meetings.

His Majesty King Harald inspects his bodyguards Photo: Oskar Aanmoen

It was on Friday evening that the President held a press conference with Prime Minister Erna Solberg that the President made a shocking statement. “Thanks to His Majesty the King of Sweden,” said President Temer during the press conference.

The problem is, of course, that King Harald is not King of Sweden but rather the King of Norway. King Harald is admittedly half Swedish through his mother, Princess Märtha, who was the granddaughter of the Swedish King Oscar II. The King of Sweden today is, as most people know, Carl XVI Gustaf.

Carl XVI Gustaf is the reigning King of Sweden. On 15 September 1973, he succeeded his grandfather Gustaf VI Adolf. Photo: Bengt Nyman via Wikimedia Commons

This was not the only thing President Temer said wrong. His also mixed up the Brazilian and Norwegian parliament in his speech. The President also looked bored and sleepy when he held the press conference on Friday evening. Many Norwegian and Brazilian newspapers have given a lot of attention to the fact that the President did not know that the King he had just met was King in the country he visited.

The President of Brazil is currently accused of being involved in a corruption scandal in Brazil. In Norway, he was met by protesters who were largely concerned with preserving the rainforest. After his short visit to Norway, he continued his journey on to Russia.

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written five books on historical subjects and more than 700 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.