The state visit from Iceland continued on Friday 19 January. The third and final day of the state visit was held in Uppsala. The agenda included visits to the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), the Ångström Laboratory and Uppsala University.
The final day of the state visit began at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Ultuna. The King and Queen and the Presidential couple were given an introduction to the work involved in how consumers can make good, sustainable choices when it comes to food, taking economic, ecological, social and health-related aspects into consideration.
There were also discussions on animal welfare, focusing on Icelandic horses within the tourism sector. SLU is carrying out a project together with Hólar University College on Iceland to estimate how much weight individual horses can carry.
The next item on the agenda was a visit to the Ångström Laboratory, where several of Uppsala University's science departments are based. The Department of Engineering Sciences is one of them. Here, pioneering research is carried out within sustainable technology, energy supplies and life sciences. During their visit, the Presidential couple and The King and Queen were given an introduction to the research fields of renewable energy and electric energy conversion, as well as natural hazards and disaster science.
There then followed a visit to Uppsala University. The traditional welcoming ceremony was followed by two talks: 'It is written in the sky – The Uppsala Edda as a mythological description of the sky above us' by Professor Gisli Sigurdsson from the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, and 'Uppsala and the Viking-Age heritage of Iceland' by Neil Price, Professor of Archaeology at Uppsala University.
The 800-year-old Uppsala Edda, which was written by Snorri Sturlasson, was then shown in the Carolina Rediviva Library. It has been part of the library's collections since 1669, when it was donated to university by Magnus Gabriel de la Gardie.
At Uppsala Castle, President Jóhannesson then presented a gift to the nation of Sweden: 500 copies of the new Swedish translation of the Icelandic sagas in five volumes.
After an introduction by Professor Emeritus Lars Lönnroth, who carried out much of the translation work, Iceland's Minister for Foreign Affairs Gudlaugur Þór Þórðarson presented the gift to Sweden's Minister for Culture and Democracy Alice Bah Kuhnke.
County Governor Göran Enander then hosted lunch.
The state visit from Iceland concluded after lunch with a departure ceremony at Uppsala Castle.
Statsbesökets tredje och sista dag ägde rum i Uppsala. Programmet bestod bland annat av, svep till vänster: Ett besök på Ångströmlaboratoriet, där flera av Uppsala universitets naturvetenskapliga institutioner finns. Presidentparet och Kungaparet välkomnades till Uppsala universitet med en välkomstceremoni i kanslersrummet i universitetshuset. I universitetets bibliotek Carolina Rediviva visades den 800-åriga Uppsala-Eddan, skriven av Snorre Sturlasson. President Guðni Jóhannesson gåva till den svenska nationen, en bokdonation om 500 exemplar av den nya svenska översättningen av de isländska sagorna överlämnas till kultur- och demokratiminister Alice Bah Kuhnke, vid en ceremoni på Uppsala slott. 📸:Kungahuset.se #sweice2018 #kungahuset
From Wednesday 17 to Friday 19 January, Iceland's President Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson visited Sweden at the invitation of The King. The state visit focused on Iceland and Sweden's shared history, values and culture, as well as sustainability, home building and medical research cooperation.
President Jóhannesson came to Sweden with his wife, Eliza Jean Reid. The accompanying delegation included Minister for Foreign Affairs Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson and representatives from Icelandic businesses and organisations.
The three-day visit took in the cities of Stockholm and Uppsala.