The King and Queen's state visit to Indonesia – day 3

On Wednesday 24 May, The King and Queen concluded their state visit to Indonesia. The day was spent in Bandung, the capital of Indonesia's most populous province, West Java.

The third day of the state visit was spent in Bandung, Indonesia's second largest urban area with 8.5 million inhabitants. The city is a centre for high technology, research and innovation, and for higher education, fashion and creative industries.

During the train journey from Jakarta to Bandung, The King and Queen and the rest of the delegation were given a presentation about Indonesia's economic and political outlooks, and issues relating to the environment and climate were also discussed.

The Governor of West Java Ahmad Heryawan and his wife Netty Prasetiyani welcomed The King and Queen on arrival in Bandung. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer

During the journey, the train passed Java's famous rice terraces. Terracing rice fields was developed in Indonesia, and has since been adopted in other parts of the world, primarily through active efforts from the UN. Agriculture is Indonesia's biggest industry, with production consisting mainly of rubber, bananas, spices, coffee, coconuts and rice.

The King and Queen and Mayor of Bandung Ridwan Kamil with this wife Atalia at the official mayoral residence in Bandung. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

On arrival in Bandung, The King and Queen were welcomed by Mayor Ridwan Kamil, who hosted lunch at the official mayoral residence.

After lunch, The King and Queen met Persib Football Team. This is one of Indonesia's most successful teams, and their fan club is called the Bandung Vikings. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

The afternoon continued at the Institute of Technology Bandung (ITB), one of Indonesia's leading educational institutions. ITB offers technological and scientific programmes, and has more than 20,000 students.

ITB's Rector Prof. Dr. Kadarsah Suryadi welcomed the visitors and presented parts of ITB's campus.

The King and Queen and Minister Anna Johansson then met representatives from Alumni Swedia, an alumni association for Indonesian students who have studied in Sweden.

This was followed by a seminar on the Triple Helix model and innovation. There has been significant interest in Indonesia in the Swedish Triple Helix model, which promotes research and innovation. The model involves cooperation between the Government, authorities, academia and industry, and is one of the reasons for Sweden's position as one of the world's most innovative nations.

Minister for Infrastructure Anna Johansson was one of the speakers at the seminar on innovation. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer

During the seminar, Indonesian and Swedish representatives from academia, the public sector and industry shared experiences and discussed possible deeper future cooperation.

The day in Bandung and the state visit concluded with a press conference.

At Alun-Alun Square in Bandung. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

The state visit to Indonesia

The King and Queen carried out a state visit to Indonesia on 22-24 May at the invitation of President Joko Widodo. This was the first state visit from Sweden to Indonesia.

The Swedish Government was represented by Minister for Infrastructure Anna Johansson. A business delegation headed by the CEO of Business Sweden Ylva Berg also took part in the state visit.

The main themes of the visit were trade, sustainability, research and innovation.

Find out about the first day of the state visit hereopens in new window.

Find out about the second day of the state visit hereopens in new window.