Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden will be paying a state visit to Thailand from 25 February until 1 March 2003 at the invitation of Their Majesties King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit of Thailand. The programme includes, inter alia, visits to Bangkok, Phitsanulok, Sukhothai and Chiang Rai.
The Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms Anna Lindh will be taking part on behalf of the Swedish Government. Also included in the official delegation are State Secretary Mikael Sjoberg from the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs and State Secretary Krister Nilsson, Ministry of the Environment. A delegation from the business sector, headed by the President of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, Soren Gyll, will also visit Thailand at the same time.
In connection to the State visit three seminars on the environment, health care and export to Sweden will take place at the United Nations Conference Centre. A seminar on foreign relations will take place 26-27 February at Thammasat University, and four small exhibitions are on display: three in Bangkok and one in Chiang Mai.
Two Swedish artists – Johan Stengard, saxophonist, and Andreas Landegren, piano – will also give performances in connection with the state visit programme.
The programme of the State Visit is excellently covered by the website of the Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok. The website has recently been given a complete re-design and at the same time has changed its name from “embassy-sweden.or.th” to http://www.swedenabroad.com/bangkok. Here, links to all seminars and exhibitions are gathered in an easy-to-access format.
The programme includes:
20 February: Swedish Art exhibition opens in Chiang Mai (untill 4 March) at Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University and Chiang Mai University (CMU) Art Museum
22 February: Exhibtion on Joint Stamp Issue – Sweden and Thailand opens (untill 2 March) at Conrad Hotel in Bangkok
25 February: Cultural Exhibition “Sweden & Swedes” opens (untill 27 February) at United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok
-Joint Thai-Swedish Environmental Seminar “Developing a Sustainable Society” at the United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok
-Joint Thai-Swedish Bioscience and Health Care Symposium at the United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok
-Joint Thai-Swedish Seminar on Exporting to Sweden at the United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok
-Two day seminar on Foreign Relations opens at Thammasat University
-Luncheon in Honour of the State visit to Thailand of His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden hosted by the Thai-Swedish Chamber of Commerce in the Grand Ballroom, Conrad Hotel in Bangkok.
27 February: Swedish Design Exhibition “4 Stories” opens (untill 8 March) at Jarmjuree Art Gallery, Chulalongkorn University
For further information – and to enjoy the new Swedish website – jump to http://www.swedenabroad.com/bangkok.