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Sweden's King to Visit Triangle

Posted November 2, 1996 12:00 a.m. EST

— Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf will visit the Triangle area for two days in March, heading a delegation of 25 Swedish business people. The mission is intended to help the Swedes determine how their research stacks up against that of other nations.

His tentative schedule includes visits to several Research Triangle Park companies, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, UNC-Chapel Hill, N.C. State University and Duke.

The king and his entourage will also visit Atlanta, Chattanooga and Huntsville.

King Carl is a quiet, pleasant monarch who is rarely in the headlines. It is he who hands the various Nobel prizes to the recipients in ceremonies reported worldwide. Because Sweden is an egalitarian society, there is little pomp associated with his role. He may be greeted with a hello, but bows and curtsys are not expected.

The Swedes have a king who knows the routine of his subjects' lives. Like them, he commutes to work from the suburbs, gets access to his office by punching in a security code, and pays taxes.