On 10–12 May 2016, Chile's President Michelle Bachelet will pay a State Visit to Sweden at the invitation of His Majesty the King. This is the first State Visit from Chile to Sweden. The Government will be involved, with several ministers participating.
Sweden and Chile enjoy close relations. Approximately 50 000 people of Chilean origin living in Sweden contribute to this. The two countries are like-minded on several issues, including free trade, UN policy, human rights, the climate and gender equality. Gender equality and equal opportunities are also a main theme of the State Visit. The other theme is innovations, with a focus on sustainable urban development.
A more equitable and gender-equal Chile is an overarching objective of the Chilean government. President Bachelet will therefore meet representatives who contribute to this in Swedish society. The State Visit will also be an opportunity for Sweden and Chile to promote possible business opportunities.
Further information about the programme and participants will be published nearer the time.
Tuesday 10 May
The first day of the State Visit traditionally comprises several ceremonial elements. It will begin on the Tuesday morning when the King and Queen will meet the President at the Royal Stables for a procession to the Royal Palace, where an official welcoming ceremony will take place. Representatives of the Riksdag and the Government will be present. A musical setting can be expected as Stockholm will be hosting the Eurovision Song Contest that week.
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven will receive President Bachelet at Rosenbad in the afternoon for talks, followed by a joint press briefing.
Tuesday's programme will end with a banquet hosted by the King and Queen at the Royal Palace.
Wednesday 11 May
Wednesday's programme will begin with a seminar and meetings about trade and business sector issues. There will then be programme points concerning gender equality and equal opportunities, with representatives of the Government, the business sector and civil society.
Stockholm City will then host a lunch at City Hall.
After the lunch, Speaker of the Riksdag Urban Ahlin will receive President Bachelet at the Riksdag.
In the evening, the President will host a reciprocal reception for the Swedish hosts.
Thursday 12 May
The third day of the State Visit will take place in Gothenburg. The theme of the day will be innovative and climate-smart transport solutions in urban environments.
The County Governor of Västra Götaland County will host a lunch, after which the State Visit will end.
Media representatives need special accreditation from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs to cover the State Visit. The last day to apply for accreditation is Tuesday 3 May.
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