It has been announced from Stockholm that the Swedish King and Queen will pay a State Visit to Ireland next month at the invitation of the Irish President, Michael D Higgins.
King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia will be joined by representatives of the Swedish government including the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Margot Wallström, Minister for Energy and Digital Development Anders Ygeman. Alongside the official talks, there will also be meetings between Irish businesses and a delegation organised by Business Sweden.
The visit, which is scheduled to take place between the 22nd and 24th May, is intended to strengthen the already strong ties between the two countries with a series of seminars, bilateral talks and cultural events. The agenda for the visit has not be released as yet, but it is envisaged it will cover digital development, sustainability, health and literature as well as increased cooperation through both the EU, UN and NATO.
This will not be the first time the King and Queen of Sweden have visited the Republic of Ireland. In April 1992 they were invited to Dublin by the then President Mary Robinson. There have also been Irish visits to Sweden. In 2012, the then Minister for Small Business, John Perry, TD, led a delegation from Enterprise Ireland to Stockholm at an event organised by the Irish Embassy. He spoke not only of the success of some Irish companies in exporting to Sweden, but also the strong links that had been established between Irish companies and successful Swedish companies including as Ericsson, Volvo and IKEA.
Once the itinerary of this new State Visit has been released, the information will be on Royal Central as with many of the State Visits that are being planned across the globe. And we will, of course, bring you the latest news when Carl XVI Gustaf and Silvia arrive in Ireland in May.