Royal Couple of Sweden On a 5-Day Visit to India

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden arrived in New Delhi on a 5-Day visit to India where they were accorded ceremonial reception by the President Of India.

Crux of the Matter
  • PM Narendra Modi met King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia at Hyderabad House and had extensive discussions aiming to closer economic and cultural ties and boosting cooperation between the 2 nations.
  • The 2 leaders jointly inaugurated the India Sweden High-Level Dialogue on Innovation Policy.
  • A bilateral project to convert agriculture waste (paddy straw) to bio-coal was announced in partnership with Bioendev, Sweden.
  • They are also leading a high-level business delegation for engagements with the Indian business community.
  • The royal couple is scheduled to visit Mumbai and Uttarakhand during their visit.
  • External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar also reaffirmed India’s commitment to deepening and expanding India-Sweden cooperation across sectors of sustainable energy and artificial intelligence.
  • The ties between India and Sweden have been constantly growing in the last few years and the bilateral trade volume stands at USD 3.37 billion as of 2018.

Carl XVI Gustaf is the King of Sweden. He ascended the throne on the death of his grandfather, King Gustaf VI Adolf, on 15 September 1973. A short while after he became king in 1973, the new 1974 Instrument of Government took effect, formally stripping Carl XVI Gustaf of any role in the legislative process, and several other duties normally accorded to a head of state, such as the formal appointment of the prime minister, signing off legislation, and being commander-in-chief of the nation’s military. The new instrument explicitly limits the king to ceremonial functions and, among other things, to be regularly informed of affairs of state. Carl XVI Gustaf is the longest-reigning monarch in Swedish history, having surpassed King Magnus IV’s reign of 44 years and 222 days on 26 April 2018. More Info