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State Visit from Chile under way

On 10 May, Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet began her State Visit to Sweden. The President is visiting Sweden at the invitation of HM the King. The Visit will last from 10 to 12 May and is the first incoming State Visit from Chile to Sweden.

  • Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet and HM the King

    Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet is visiting Sweden at the invitation of HM the King.

    Photo: Katarina Tomhill/Government Offices

  • Visit from Chile

    Part of the procession route on the first day of the state visit.

    Photo: Katarina Tomhill/Government Offices

  • Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet and Prime Minister Stefan Löfven

    Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet and Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at a press conference on Tuesday 10 May 2016.

    Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices

  • Chile’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Heraldo Muñoz and Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality Åsa Regnér

    Chile’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Heraldo Muñoz and Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality Åsa Regnér signed a memorandum of understanding on welfare and gender equality.

    Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices

  • Chile’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Heraldo Muñoz and Minister for Enterprise and Innovation Mikael Damberg

    Chile’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Heraldo Muñoz and Minister for Enterprise and Innovation Mikael Damberg signing memorandums of understanding, many of which have a focus on sustainability.

    Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices

  • Chile’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Heraldo Muñoz and Minister for Rural Affairs Sven-Erik Bucht

    Chile’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Heraldo Muñoz and Minister for Rural Affairs Sven-Erik Bucht signed an agreement on sustainable forestry.

    Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices

  • Chile’s Minister of Mining Aurora Williams and Minister for Enterprise and Innovation Mikael Damberg

    Chile’s Minister of Mining Aurora Williams and Minister for Enterprise and Innovation Mikael Damberg signed memorandums of understanding.

    Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices

  • A joint lunch

    A joint lunch was held during the Chilean State Visit.

    Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices

The purpose of the visit is to broaden and deepen bilateral relations between Chile and Sweden. Swedish companies have long had a strong presence in Chile.

The first day of the State Visit began with an official welcoming ceremony at the Inner Courtyard of the Royal Palace, as is tradition. Following an inspection of the guard of honour of the Life Guards, the President, the King and the Queen greeted the Speakers of the Riksdag, the Prime Minister and the ministers present.

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven then received the President at Rosenbad for talks.

Several memorandums of understanding were signed during the visit to Rosenbad.

Following a visit to Olof Palme's grave at Adolf Fredrik's Cemetery, President Bachelet travelled to Fryshuset where she and the King and Queen were met by the managing director of Fryshuset, Johan Oljeqvist. This part of the visit was also attended by Anja Frey, head of Fryshuset in Stockholm, and Camila Salazar Atìas, responsible for social projects, as well as Stockholm City Commissioner Emilia Bjuggren.

The day ended with a state banquet at the Royal Palace.

In connection with the Chilean State Visit, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Chile's President Michelle Bachelet held a joint press conference.