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 third and final day of the state visit began at Ericsson in the town of Athlone. Here, The King and Queen, Minister Anders Ygeman and State Secretary Maja Fjaestad attended a seminar on digital infrastructure.
During the seminar, representatives from the countries' governments, businesses and academia, together with other experts, had the chance to meet and discuss joint challenges involved in the expansion of digital infrastructure within industry and within society in general. There were also opportunities to build networks for ongoing cooperation, as well as opportunities for commerce and investment.
Ericsson Software Campus is one of Ericsson's leading research and development centres, with more than 1,000 employees. The centre collaborates with Athlone Institute of Technology, and is involved in the Infuse programme which aims to encourage children to take an interest in technology.
Find out more about Ericsson Software Campus.
In Galway, The King and Queen and State Secretary Maja Fjaestad visited the Marine Institute. The role of the Marine Institute is to coordinate and promote Ireland's marine research and economic development, and to protect the marine environment.
The visit included an exhibition on sustainable fishing in which complex fishing data can be converted into simple maps to support sustainable management.
Find out more about the Marine Institute in Galway here.
In the unique limestone landscape of Burren, which is reminiscent of the Swedish island of Öland, The King and Queen and State Secretary Maja Fjaestad visited a farm in the village of Ballybornagh.
To protect the wealth of biodiversity, including plants from Arctic, Alpine and Mediterranean areas, the farm's owners are involved in the Burren Programme, which aims to promote sustainable farming and to preserve the landscape and cultural heritage.
The state visit to Ireland concluded with a visit to Burren Smoke House. There, Bord Bia – which promotes Irish food production – demonstrated a variety of local produce.
The products, which included salmon, goat's cheese, seaweed and algae, are part of the Burren Food Trail, the Irish Government's initiative to support rural development and local entrepreneurship within the region.
Burren Smokehouse is an example of how entrepreneurs have contributed towards the development of Western Ireland by supplying high quality products based on Irish wild salmon. The owner and co-founder of Burren Smokehouse is Swedish-Irish Birgitta Hedin-Curtin.
Find out more about Burren Smokehouse here.
The state visit concluded with a departure ceremony at Shannon Airport.
Download high-resolution images from the press room.
» Find out about the first day of the state visit here.
» Find out about the second day of the state visit here.