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Press release from Prime Minister's Office

The Riksdag and the Government congratulated HM The King on his 75th birthday


On 30 April, First Deputy Speaker Åsa Lindestam and Prime Minister Stefan Löfven congratulated HM The King on his 75th birthday. At a reception at the Royal Palace, a gift from the Riksdag and the Government – a medallion of the King to be hung in the Riksdag Building – was presented.

“The King has not only reached the respectable age of 75, but he has also sat on the throne longer than any other Swedish monarch. It therefore feels natural that the Riksdag and the Government give a gift that is linked to his becoming King in 1973 and the close relations that exist between the Head of State and the Riksdag,” said Ms Lindestam when presenting the gift.

“On behalf of the Government, I would like to thank the King for his long and dedicated work for our country. As the Head of State now turns 75, may I say that he has successfully lived up to the motto he chose in 1973: For Sweden – With the times,” said Mr Löfven.

The gift

The gift from the Riksdag and the Government to King Carl XVI Gustaf is a plaster medallion of the King by artist Ernst Nordin (1934–). The medallion has a diameter of 65 centimetres and is edged with classic beading.

The medallion was made by Herman Bergman Konstgjuteri AB in cooperation with Ernst Nordin. It is to hang together with the medallion of King Gustaf VI Adolf already hanging in the Riksdag. When this medallion needed to be moved following renovations, the idea arose of complementing it with one representing King Carl XVI Gustaf.

For more information

Pernilla Eldblom, Press Secretary to the Speaker,
telephone +46 72 209 59 14,

Maria Soläng, Press Secretary to Prime Minister Stefan Löfven,
telephone +46 72 206 19 47,