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Swedish royals’ visit to hamper traffic in central Helsinki

Sweden’s royal couple arrived in Finland on Tuesday for a three-day stay. The state visit is causing disruptions to traffic arrangements in downtown Helsinki.

Ruotsin kuningaspari Kaarle Kustaa ja Silvia Belgiassa joulukuussa 2014.
Swedish royals during a visit to Belgium in December. Image: Julien Warnand / EPA

Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia were hosted at an official reception at the presidential residence at 11.00 am Tuesday by President Sauli Niinistö and his wife Jenni Haukio. The public had the opportunity to see them briefly from the Market Square.

During the reception ceremony the area near the president’s residence was closed to traffic for half an hour.

On Tuesday the royals are also paying a visit to Parliament and participating in a wreath-laying ceremony at Hietaniemi cemetery. Queen Silvia and Jenni Haukio are also spending some time at the Ateneum art museum.

The king and queen are to meet with young Finns during their trip, and on Wednesday they will stop by the Me and My City educational project in Espoo. They will also visit start-up firms and attend a seminar featuring young NGO leaders on the Espoo island of Hanasaari. The couple are due to wrap up their state visit on Thursday in the eastern city of Lappeenranta.

They are accompanied by Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wällström and Education Minister Gustav Fridolin as well as a business delegation.

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