King Carl Gustaf said at his speech at the state dinner among other things:
Mr President, you are a few years younger than me. But I think you agree with me that the longer you live, the more you understand how to value long-term friendships.
Such a friendship unites our two countries. This year we celebrate 60 years of diplomatic relations. But our bands go even further back than that. Already in the late 1800s Swedish missionaries, journalists and explorers began to find the Korean peninsula.
My grandfather, King Gustaf VI Adolf, was the first public person in Sweden who was interested in Korean art and archeology. For us grandchildren, he gladly told about his trip to Korea in 1926, when he and Crown Princess Louise went there to participate in excavations.
During his lifetime he donated a number of objects to the East Asian Museum here in Stockholm, and these are the objects that form the basis of the Korean collection which today is preserved at the museum. Thanks to our common Korean Database Project you can now also see the collection online. A fine example of how digitization can help to show a valuable cultural heritage.(...)
In this context, should also be a mention made of the nearly 1,000 Swedes who have served in the demilitarized zone of Panmunjom, in the service of peace and security since 1953, within the framework of the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission. I myself have strong memories of previous visits and when the Queen and I visited this place in connection with the state visit to the Republic of Korea 2012.
A few years later, in 2015, the Crown Princess couple also visited your country. It has been extremely rewarding to discuss our plentiful impressions from these and other journeys to the Republic of Korea.
H.M. Konungens tal vid stats_bankett i samband med statsbesök från Republiken Korea, Kungliga slottet, fredagen den 14 juni 2019 - Sveriges Kungahus
At the President's Twitter, visit to Norrsken Foundation
At the concert
Belga published more photos from the state dinner