From Wednesday 4 November to Friday 6 November, Tunisia's President Béji Caïd Essebsi visited Sweden at the invitation of The King. The main themes for the visit were promoting commerce, information and communications technology (ICT), democracy, decentralisation and combating social exclusion.
President Essebsi and Mrs Saida Caïd Essebsi arrived at Stockholm Arlanda Airport during the morning, where they were received by The Crown Princess and Prince Daniel.
They were welcomed by The King and Queen at the Royal Stables. The King and Queen and the Presidential couple then travelled by cortège, accompanied by escort troops and standard bearers from the Royal Life Guards, to the Royal Palace of Stockholm.
The welcoming ceremony was held in the Inner Courtyard. After the national anthems had been played, The King and the President inspected the Guard of Honour. The President then greeted representatives from the Riksdag and the Swedish Government.
Gifts were exchanged in the Grand Guest Apartment, and The Crown Princess Couple and Prince Carl Philip also attended.
The King and Queen then hosted lunch for the Presidential couple at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.
During the afternoon, Speaker Urban Ahlin received President Essebsi at the Riksdag building.
The day concluded with The King and Queen's gala dinner for the Presidential couple. The guests were welcomed by The King and Queen and the Presidential couple in the Vita Havet Assembly Rooms. The dinner was then held in Karl XI's Gallery.
The King gave a speech to the President, in which he mentioned the two countries' long relations and the fact that the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet.
"The choice of laureate recognises the Tunisian people's peaceful efforts for democracy and human rights. In a time which, unfortunately, can be said to be characterised by a greater lack of freedom and increased instability, Tunisia stands out as a country where social conflict is resolved through dialogue and democratic decision-making."
The King accompanied Mrs Saida Caïd Essebsi to the table. Wided Bouchamaoui, who represents one of the organisations in Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet, which was awarded this year's Nobel Peace Prize, was seated to his left.
The Queen was accompanied to the table by Tunisia's President Béji Caïd Essebsi. Tunisia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Taïeb Baccouche was seated to her right.
The Crown Princess was accompanied to the table by Minister of Communication Technologies and the Digital Economy Noomane Fehri. Tunisia's President Béji Caïd Essebsi was seated to her right.
Prince Daniel accompanied Wided Bouchamaoui to the table. Tunisia's ambassador to Sweden, Fatma Omrani Chargui, was seated to his left.
Prince Carl Philip accompanied Ulla Löfven to the table. Mrs Saida Caïd Essebsi was seated to his left.
Charred and lightly smoked salmon trout with a variation of cauliflower, sour mashed autumn apple and Västervik mustard dressing
Fillet of cod baked in browned butter with ginger-fragranced prawn sauce, caramelised black salsify and dill potato purée
Roasted fillet of reindeer veal with honey-fried pointed cabbage, thyme-fried seasonal mushrooms and game jus flavoured with Madagascar green peppercorns
Cloudberry mousse and sorbet with nougat crisp, cloudberry foam and caramel with cloudberry liqueur
President Essebsi was accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs Taïeb Baccouche and Minister of Communication Technologies and the Digital Economy Noomane Fehri. The delegation also included representatives from Tunisian industry and Wided Bouchamaoui, who represents one of the organisations in Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet, which was awarded this year's Nobel Peace Prize External link, opens in new window..