State Visit to Poland: day two

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Museum Director Malgorzata Sobieszczak-Marciniak guides The King and Queen during their visit to the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Museum in Warsaw. Photo: Leif R Jansson/Scanpix

On Thursday 5 May, the second day of the State Visit to Poland began with a visit to the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Museum.
Marie Sklodowska-Curie was born in Warsaw and received the Nobel Prize twice: in 1903external link, opens in new window in physics for her research into radioactivity and in 1911external link, opens in new window in chemistry for the discovery of polonium and radium.

The King, together with Polish Minister for the Environment Andrzej Kraszewski, Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz and Swedish Minister for Enterprise and Energy Maud Olofsson, then attended a conference on sustainable cities,
"SymbioCityexternal link, opens in new window", at the Copernicus Science Centreexternal link, opens in new window. Poland is making significant investments in water and sewage purification and in environmentally friendly city transport, and has shown a great interest in Swedish solutions.

After the conference, The King and Queen visited the Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities and its Swedish language days. The institution has offered teaching in Swedish since 2005, and around 80 students are studying Swedish as their main language. The Swedish language days are an annual conference for Swedish teachers, translators and students from the whole of Poland.

Over lunch, The King and the Swedish business delegation met Mayor of Warsaw Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz.
 
The Queen, Mrs Komorowska and Minister for Communications and Regional Policy Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd then attended a conference at the official residence of the Presidentexternal link, opens in new window on the rights of disabled children. 5 May is the EU's anti-discrimination day, and the conference highlighted issues relating to children and young people's right to equal treatment, education and the need for accessible environments.

During the afternoon, The King and Queen visited the Chopin Museumexternal link, opens in new window. The museum is housed in the Ostrogski Palaceexternal link, opens in new window, which dates back to the 1680s. Music has been taught here since the mid-19th century. The palace was destroyed during the Second World War, but was rebuilt between 1949 and 1954. The Chopin Museum was opened in 2010 in connection with the celebrations to mark the 200th anniversary of Chopin'sexternal link, opens in new window birth.

In the evening, The King and Queen hosted a reciprocal dinner for the Polish Presidential couple and representatives from the Polish and Swedish governments, as well as members of parliament, regional and local representatives, and members of the business and cultural communities.