Zatlers travels to Sweden for one-day visit

Latvian President Valdis Zatlers will travel Sept. 19 to Sweden for a one-day visit, meeting with government officials and the local Latvian community, his press office has announced.

The day’s program includes an audience with King Carl XVI Gustaf and meetings with Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and Per Westerberg, speaker of the Swedish parliament, the Riksdag.

Zatlers also is to visit the Stockholm-based Karolinska Institutet, a leading medical university, and meet with its president, Harriet Wallberg-Henriksson. The Latvian president is a orthopedic surgeon.

At the Embassy of Latvia in Stockholm members of the local Latvian community will have the opportunity to meet with Zatlers.

The Latvian president also will visit the Vasa Museum, which features the 17th-century Vasa warship, and give an interview to Dagens Nyheter, Sweden’s largest daily newspaper, the press office announced.

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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