On Saturday 17 December, The Crown Princess Couple and Minister Anna Ekström concluded their visit to Italy. The day was spent in Milan.
The day began at the San Raffaele research hospital, where the delegation was welcomed by Dr Nicola Bedin, CEO of the San Donato Group of which the hospital is part. The hospital has around 3,400 employees and beds for 1,350 patients.
Dr Bedin gave a tour of the neurosurgery and cardiovascular surgery departments. Representatives from the Swedish company Getinge, which supplies surgical equipment to the hospital, also took part in the visit.
San Raffaele was founded in 1971. It is one of the leading hospitals in Italy and Europe as a whole within fields including gene therapy, neurobiology, biomedicine, bioinformatics, immunology and diabetes. Over the years, it has cooperated with Karolinska Institutet within areas such as HIV research.
The Crown Princess Couple and Minister Ekström then visited the Volvo Group to find out about the company's work in connection with sustainable transport solutions.
Volvo had brought together its employees, suppliers and customers for the morning's visit.
The trip to Milan and Italy concluded with The Crown Princess Couple and Minister Ekström visiting Björk Swedish Brasserie. The visitors were welcomed by the founder, Italian Giuliana Rosset, who spoke about serving Swedish and Nordic food in Italy.
Björk Swedish Brasserie is located in Aosta and Milano, and also has a food and Nordic design shop.