On Tuesday 29 October, The King and Queen hosted lunch for Nordic prime ministers, speakers and other politicians in connection with the session of the Nordic Council in Sweden.
The Nordic Council is the official parliamentary body for Nordic cooperation, and was established in 1952. The Council has 87 elected members, from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, as well as the autonomous regions of the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland. The members meet once a year for a session in which the Nordic nations' governments also participate.
This year marked the 71st session of the Nordic Council, and the meeting was held in Stockholm from 29 to 31 October. This year's agenda included the climate, sustainability and young people's involvement.
The Nordic speakers, prime minister, ministers for cooperation, ambassadors in Stockholm and representatives of the Nordic Council were invited to lunch at the Royal Palace.
During the lunch, The King gave a speech in which he said:
"You are all prominent representatives of your countries and their parliaments. However, you also represent something even greater: the Nordic community and Nordic cooperation.
"This is something that we all have good reason to defend. Many of the social challenges that we face cross national borders. We must therefore also be prepared to work across borders."