From the programme for the state visit on 2-4 December
The first day will include welcome ceremonies, followed by a meeting with the President and, in the evening, a state banquet hosted by President Hollande.
An economic forum will be arranged in association with the OECD for the business delegation and French business contacts, on the theme of green growth and globalisation. Internationally respected business leaders and economists will be taking part and discussing the challenges of the future.
The programme for Wednesday will focus on science and research. The King will open the international high-level conference on the environment and energy that France and Sweden are arranging together. Leading politicians, experts and businesses have been invited to the conference. Climate and energy issues are central to France, and preparations for the COP 21 climate summit – to be held in Paris at the end of next year – are in full swing.
Research within the field of health will also be highlighted on the Wednesday. Queen Silvia will present a scientific prize for child cancer research. A seminar will then begin, focusing on young researchers and the development of Franco-Swedish research collaboration.
Alongside this, a business-focused event will be arranged on the theme of bioengineering for French and Swedish businesses. Here, the conversion of the latest Franco-Swedish research findings into market-ready applications will be put to the test.
Culture and integration will also be addressed during the state visit, including a visit to the Le Centquatre cultural centre in Paris.
The centre hosts art exhibitions, concerts, theatre, contemporary circus and street art. Le Centquatre has been hailed for creating a vibrant meeting place for the creation of youth culture. The programme for the Wednesday will conclude with The King and Queen hosting a reciprocal dinner.
On the third day of the state visit, The King and Queen will travel to Toulouse, which is a centre for aerospace and aviation research and related industry. The King and Queen will visit Airbus and the French space agency CNES, which are carrying out pioneering research within their respective fields.
The visit to Toulouse will also include cultural aspects. The state visit will conclude in the late afternoon on Thursday.