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Swedish Crown Princess Couple begin visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina


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Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel began their two-day visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina yesterday in Sarajevo alongside Swedish Minister of State Isabella Lövin.

Their Royal Highnesses began the day at the Presidential Palace where they met the popularly elected presidential council consisting of three representatives (Željko Komšić, Šefik Džaferović and Milorad Dodik) of the constituent people’s groups: Bosniaks, Bosnian Croats and Bosnians.

The royal couple next went to Parliament where they attended a conference, organised by the UNDP, the United Nations Development Program and the Swedish government, regarding smart cities, environmental solutions, air quality and renewable energy.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina has some of the poorest air quality in Europe according to the World Health Organization. Sweden and the UNDP have worked together to fund projects in the country to help combat air pollution.

The air pollution problem was a focal point in Crown Princess Victoria’s speech at the conference. In English, Her Royal Highness remarked, in part, “The threats of climate change and environmental pollution are real, and they are in fact already claiming human lives.

Take air pollution, for example, a major cause of death and disease globally. Unfortunately also here, in your country.

I know that Bosnia and Herzegovina is taking measures to reduce both indoor and outdoor air pollution. A great effort, that Sweden is keen to support.

We should not underestimate the challenges ahead of us. But neither should we underestimate ourselves, and our ability to solve the problems we face,” she continued.

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Later, the Crown Princess and Prince Daniel paid a visit to Swedish IT company System Verification in Sarajevo City Center before going on a guided city tour which included stops at a Serbian Orthodox church, a mosque, a synagogue and a Catholic cathedral. They also went to Kosevo Park where they planted a tree that symbolises “start of the work on developing a new environmental strategy, with support from Sweden,” according to the Royal Court.

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A trip to furniture museum Zanat was also on the agenda, as was visiting the bunker built by Josip Broz Tito. Their Royal Highnesses concluded day one with a dinner with the State Council and “representatives from various organisations working for innovation, entrepreneurship and creating opportunities for young people to stay in Bosnia Herzegovina.”

The Swedish royals conclude their trip today.



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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites.