Stubb’s Trip to Sweden: Talking Defence, Security, and Building Strong Ties

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Stubb's visit to Sweden to focus on defence and security, bilateral ties

President Alexander Stubb and First Lady Suzanne Innes-Stubb, will pay a state visit to Sweden on April 23–24 at the invitation of King Carl XVI Gustaf, said the President Office in a press release on Wednesday.

The aim of the visit is to further intensify cooperation between Finland and Sweden in the current security policy context, both bilaterally and as members of NATO.

Promoting cooperation between Finnish and Swedish companies in order to strengthen the countries' global competitiveness and accelerate the green transition is also on the agenda.

The Royal Family will greet the President and his spouse with a ceremonial welcome in Stockholm in the morning of April 23.

After the welcoming ceremony, Stubb will visit Riksdagen, the Swedish Parliament, and meet the Speaker of the Parliament Andreas Norlén. After their discussions, the President will address the members of the Parliament.

After visiting the Riksdag, the presidential couple will attend a luncheon hosted by King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia at the Royal Palace.

In the afternoon, Stubb will hold official talks with Prime Minister of Sweden Ulf Kristersson.

They will discuss issues such as support for Ukraine and preparations for the NATO Summit in Washington.

At the end of the discussions, they will hold a joint press conference.

Stubb, Carl XVI Gustaf and Kristersson will then attend a business seminar organised by the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, the Confederation of Finnish Industries and Business Sweden. Each of them will make a speech at the seminar. The seminar will focus on closer strategic partnerships between Finnish and Swedish businesses.

At the end of the day, Stubb and Innes-Stubb will attend a Gala Dinner hosted by the King and the Queen at the Royal Palace.

On April 24, the presidential couple's program will continue in Gothenburg together with the King and the Queen.

In the morning, Stubb will visit the University of Gothenburg, where he will give a speech and discuss with the students. The theme of the speech is the new world order and an era of disorder.

In the afternoon, Governor Sten Tolgfors of the Västra Götaland County will host a working lunch, after which the programme will continue with a visit to the Port of Gothenburg and on to the Älvsborg Marine Regiment for a demonstration of the Swedish navy's activities in littoral areas.

Later in the day, the President and his spouse will give a reception at the Gothenburg Art Museum, after which the state visit will end with a farewell ceremony.

During the state visit, the presidential couple will also meet representatives of Sweden-Finnish communities.

Suzanne Innes-Stubb, will have a separate programme in addition to the joint programme of the presidential couple.

She and Queen Silvia will visit the Bernadotte Library at the Royal Palace, the Sven-Harry's Art Museum and a local primary school.

President Stubb will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Elina Valtonen and Minister of Education Anna-Maja Henriksson.

This is President Stubb's first state visit. The last state visit to Sweden by the former President Sauli Niinistö, was in 2022.

The most recent visit to Finland by King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia was in 2015.

They also visited Finland in 2017 together with other Nordic Heads of State to celebrate 100 years of Finnish independence.

Source: www.dailyfinland.fi

12 Comments
  1. EmmaJ says

    As a Swedish citizen, I believe that the visit of President Stubb to Sweden is crucial for enhancing the defense and security cooperation between our two nations. It’s important to strengthen our bilateral ties and work closely together, especially in the current security policy landscape. I hope this visit will lead to fruitful discussions and concrete steps towards a stronger partnership.

  2. EmilySmith says

    I believe it’s crucial for Finland and Sweden to enhance their cooperation, especially in the current security climate. Strengthening the ties between the two countries can greatly benefit their global competitiveness and support a sustainable future.

  3. EmilySmith says

    As an avid follower of international politics, I believe it is crucial for Finland and Sweden to strengthen their cooperation in the realm of defense, security, and economy. This state visit by President Stubb signifies a step in the right direction towards enhancing bilateral ties and fostering joint efforts in critical areas. I hope this visit leads to concrete outcomes that benefit both nations.

  4. Alexandra_1985 says

    As a Finnish citizen, I believe President Stubb’s visit to Sweden is crucial for enhancing the defense and security cooperation between our countries. It’s promising to see efforts towards closer ties in today’s volatile global environment. I hope their discussions lead to tangible results that benefit both nations.

  5. Emily Smith says

    It’s great to see leaders working together to enhance defense and security cooperation between Finland and Sweden. Collaborating on global competitiveness and the green transition is crucial for our future. Looking forward to the positive outcomes of this visit!

  6. JuliaSmith89 says

    It’s great to see President Stubb and First Lady Innes-Stubb fostering stronger ties between Finland and Sweden, especially in the realm of defense and security. Collaborating on global competitiveness and the green transition is crucial for both nations’ future success. Looking forward to the outcomes of the official talks and business seminar!

  7. EmilyJ says

    It’s great to see President Stubb and First Lady Innes-Stubb working to enhance cooperation between Finland and Sweden. Strengthening defense ties and promoting green initiatives are vital for both countries’ security and global competitiveness. Looking forward to the outcomes of their discussions and the joint efforts towards a more secure and sustainable future.

  8. EmilyJohnson says

    I believe President Alexander Stubb’s visit to Sweden is crucial for strengthening the cooperation between Finland and Sweden, especially in the context of current security challenges. It’s important for both countries to work together on security policies and promote collaboration among their companies for global competitiveness and a green transition.

  9. Alex Thompson says

    Does the article mention any specific details about the topics discussed during Stubb’s visit to Sweden, such as defense cooperation?

    1. Megan Johnson says

      Hi Alex, the article mentions that Stubb’s visit to Sweden aims to intensify cooperation between Finland and Sweden in the security policy context and discussing support for Ukraine. They will also talk about preparations for the NATO Summit in Washington. So, defense cooperation definitely seems to be on the agenda!

  10. AlexandraSmith says

    As Alexandra, I believe that international cooperation is crucial in today’s security landscape. It’s great to see leaders like President Stubb and Prime Minister Kristersson coming together to discuss important issues and strengthen ties between Finland and Sweden. Looking forward to the outcomes of their discussions!

  11. SamanthaJohnson92 says

    As a staunch supporter of international cooperation and diplomacy, I believe President Stubb’s visit to Sweden is a valuable opportunity to strengthen the ties between Finland and Sweden, especially in the current security policy context. It’s great to see discussions on promoting cooperation between companies to enhance global competitiveness and support the green transition. I hope these talks lead to fruitful outcomes and further collaboration for the benefit of both nations. Looking forward to the joint press conference and the outcomes of the business seminar!

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