Swedish Crown Princess hails arts links in visit

Princess Victoria, Crown Princess in the Swedish monarchy, met with President Berzins and the board of the Riga2014 Foundation, organizer of the European Culture Capital events on an official visit Wednesday.

The President’s Chancellery released a statement saying both sides agreed Latvian-Swedish relations were “brilliant” at all levels – in terms of human contacts, as well economic and political cooperation.

The President pointed out that Sweden is Latvia’s largest foreign investor, especially in the financial and banking sector. He also said that he sees Sweden as a good mutual partner in finding new export markets to share, as Latvia has good ties with Central Asian economies, while Sweden is well-experienced on the African continent.

On her part Princess Victoria spoke highly of cultural ties between Riga and Umeo, both serving as Europe’s Culture Capitals this year. She herself is the chief patronesse of Umeo’s 2014 Culture Capital events. In Riga she took part in detailed discussions of the various events held over the course of the term with Riga2014 staff, and visited the former KGB Corner House and Latvian National Library building.

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