On 22-24 May, The King and Queen visited Ireland at the invitation of Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins. The state visit focused on digitalisation, sustainability, healthcare, culture and cooperation within the EU and the UN.
The three-day visit took place in Dublin, Athlone, Galway and Burren. The Swedish Government was represented by Minister Margot Wallström, Minister Anders Ygeman and State Secretary Maja Fjaestad.
The second day of the state visit began with The King and Queen attending a seminar on future challenges within healthcare. Ireland's Minister for Health Simon Harris and State Secretary Maja Fjaestad from Sweden's Ministry of Health and Social Affairs began by giving speeches.
During the seminar, representatives from the Swedish and Irish governments and experts within healthcare, academia and industry had the opportunity to meet and discuss how to tackle future challenges within health.
At the National Library of Ireland, The King and Queen and the minister took part in a seminar on emigration and migration in literature.
The seminar's panel included Joseph O'Connor, a novelist and professor at the University of Limerick, Ola Larsmo, a Swedish novelist and board member of PEN International, Melatu Uche Okorie, a Nigerian-born writer living in Dublin, and Marjaneh Bakhtiari, an Iranian-born Swedish writer and journalist.
In connection with the seminar, the photographic exhibition 'Portraits of Migration – Sweden beyond the headlines', produced by the Swedish Institute and featuring photographs by Alexander Mahmoud, was officially opened.
Find out more about the National Library of Ireland here.
The King and Queen and Minister Anders Ygeman visited EirGrid, a state company that develops and maintains Ireland's national electricity system. EirGrid is involved in ongoing and planned cooperation with Swedish businesses, including East-West Interconnector, a green energy project between Ireland and the UK.
Find out more about EirGrid here.
During a reception at the Stephen's Green Hibernian Club, The King and Queen met Swedes living in Ireland. The reception was hosted by Sweden's ambassador to Ireland, Lars Wahlund.
The King and Minister Anders Ygeman visited Ireland's Taoiseach (Prime Minister), Leo Varadkar TD. The meeting included discussions on bilateral relations between Sweden and Ireland.
Find out more about the Taoiseach here.
During a visit to the Science Gallery, The Queen met young people, researchers, clinicians, organisations and educators. Together, they are involved in a project that aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of 15-25-year-olds.
The Science Gallery was opened in 2008, since when more than 40 unique exhibitions have been seen by almost three million visitors.
Find out more about the Science Gallery here.
The King and Queen visited the National Museum of Ireland where they were given a presentation of the exhibition Ór – Ireland's Gold.
The museum is home to one of Europe's most important prehistoric gold collections, dating from 2200 BC to 500 BC.
Find out more about the National Museum of Ireland here.
On the second evening of the state visit, The King and Queen hosted a reciprocal dinner in honour of Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins and Mrs Sabina Higgins.
The staff of the Royal Household had laid the table of honour with the glass service given to The King on his 70th birthday by the Riksdag and the Government, together with gilded chargers and table silver from the silver chamber at the Royal Palace.
The flower arrangements consisted of sweet peas, oxeye daisies, hydrangeas and lady's mantle.
Minced game terrine with pickled morels,
wild garlic crème from Drottningholm and flowers
Lightly salted fillet of char with whey beurre blanc,
a ring of yellow beets with spring vegetables and Swedish new potatoes
Trio of Swedish cheeses with cloudberry and crisp bread sticks
Rhubarb tartlet with strawberry coulis,
strawberries and cardamom crémeux
During the evening, The King gave a speech in which he said:
"Mr. President, in your kind letter of invitation, you underlined how important it is that we retain our shared European values and further strengthen the bonds between our countries. We fully share this view. And I am pleased that the very interesting and rewarding programme for this state visit clearly serves this purpose."
Read the speech in full here.
National folk musician, keyed fiddle player and composer Åsa Jinder provided musical entertainment, accompanied by Maria Johansson on the piano.
Download high-resolution images from the press room.
» Find out about the first day of the state visit here.
» Find out about the third day of the state visit here.