Tuesday, June 02, 2015
Indian President Wraps Up Historic Sweden Visit
Via The Local: From mingling with royals to visiting one of the country's leading research establishments and meeting CEOs, India’s President Pranab Mukherjee has enjoyed a busy three-day trip to Sweden. President Pranab Mukherjee is the first Indian head of state in history to visit Sweden. He arrived over the weekend at the invitation of King Carl XVI Gustaf and was welcomed at Stockholm's Arlanda Airport by Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel before being given a ride in a horse-drawn cortege through the streets of the Swedish capital. Ahead of his visit, Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallström posted a welcome video on YouTube, describing the president as a "very important global actor" at the helm of the world's fourth largest economy. She said that Sweden and India had enjoyed a "good cooperation" for many years and hoped for fruitful discussions on climate change, the environment and economic matters during his trip. Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven met with President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday, before the Indian statesman attended a lunch at Stockholm City Hall, where sustainable urban development was the focus of discussions. India and Sweden first established diplomatic relations back in 1949. Sweden's export of goods to India in 2014 amounted to 10.377 million kronor, or 1 percent of the Scandinavian country's total exports. This makes India Sweden’s 20th most important market for exports of goods.