Queen Silvia and mrs Haukio on the cover of Iltalehti
Before the dinner
At the dinner
The finnish press tells, that the Sibelius exhibition is mrs Haukio's favourites and she obviously suggested it to the program of the visit. When the queen and mrs Haukio visited the exhibition at the Ateneum Art Museum, pianist Folke Gräsbeck played them Finlandia by Jean Sibelius and told about Sibelius as a person. The queen and mrs Haukio had lunch at Ateneum with conductor, professor Atso Almila as one of the lunch guests.
Professor Almila tells about the lunch:
"The Queen's entourage asked about the Finnish cultural life, Sibelius and our conductor miracle", professor of the Sibelius Academy orchestra and conductor education Almila says. The discussion took place entirely in Swedish.
In addition to the higher education of Finnish music, queen Silvia was interested in creativity.
"We talked a lot about the creative process of making music. Many conductors have been self-composers. The Queen wanted to hear about the composers' idea world".
Almila praises the Queen's taste in music: "She likes of many genres of music. She was interested in film and theater music. It is different to make that kind of music than a symphony. There is a story in them, but not in a symphony. And perhaps the lunch was a small relaxing moment for them. I told funny stories. The discussion was very informal and smooth. And they had very well-informed questions. I must say that I enjoyed".
He gave to the queen as a present of a framed photograph of the Music Centre work of art, which presents the batons of well-known conductors.
"It attracted positive attention."
Atso Almila tapasi kuningatar Silvian ”Tilanne oli rento – kerroin hauskoja tarinoita” - Suomenkuvalehti.fi
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The king said: "Finland never ceases to fascinate. The similarities with Sweden are numerous, but also the differences and despite our proximity we continually find new things. This we can learn and benefit from".
Queen Silvia made it clear what she thought about the visit: "Grateful and happy for the hospitality and warmth that we face. It is just amazing to come to Finland every time. I and the King really look forward to these days".
The state visit has been planned throughout the fall and there is a large Swedish business delegation and Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström and Minister for Education Gustav Fridolin. For Fridolin the visit is a chance to meet Finnish colleagues and above all get an insight into the Finnish education system - ranked as one of the best in Europe. "It's a chance for me to learn more and take part of their education", says Fridolin.
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