Vīķe-Freiberga sets state visit to Sweden

At the invitation of King Carl XVI Gustav, Latvian President Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga will lead a delegation of political, business and education leaders on a two-day state visit March 31-April 1 to Sweden, the president’s press office has announced.

During the visit, Vīke-Freiberga is scheduled to meet with the king and other Swedish leaders, speak at the University at Uppsala, and unveil a commemorative plaque at a house in Uppsala where Latvian writer Zenta Mauriņa once lived.

Among those in the delegation will be Economics Minister Artūrs Krišjānis Kariņš, Finance Minister Oskars Spurdziņš and Culture Minister Helēna Demakova. Also in the delegation will be opera singer Inese Galante, who will perform the evening of April 1 in a concert honoring Vīke-Freiberga and her husband, Imants.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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