Swedish royals praised by South Korean president for setting 'an example' for parents

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As Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and her husband Prince Daniel enjoy their final day on a four-day trip to South Korea, the Swedish royals have been praised for their parenting style. As the two visited the presidential palace in central Seoul, South Korean President Park Geun-hye made the remarks regarding their young daughter, Princess Estelle.


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Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and South Korean President Park Geun-hye meet for the first time


"I hear you have both spent time at home with the little Princess Estelle after she was born and that sets an example," President Park said on Tuesday, before adding: "I know that you take a great interest in social welfare questions, women's issues and childcare.

"And Sweden is ranked as the world's leaders in family issues and equality."

The comments came as Victoria and Daniel travelled to the country to boost bilateral cooperation between Sweden and South Korea, and to discuss issues of mutual interest including health care, welfare, gender equality and the economy.


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Prince Daniel joined his wife and the President for a picture


Victoria and Daniel also held meetings with Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo, and made no delay in carrying out their first engagements on Monday, when the couple travelled to Panmunjom, to the demilitarised zone between South and North Korea.

The zone is a strip of land that was established at the end of the Korean War to separate North and South Korea and act as a buffer area.


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The royal couple met Swedish delegates who are stationed at the demilitarised zone


On Wednesday, the royal couple were set to visit Seoul's University for Foreign Studies to donate Swedish books. They were also going to open an exhibition in the memory of Swedish children's author Astrid Lindgren at the Seoul library.

It's not the first trip to the Asian country for Swedish royals. Victoria's father King Carl Gustaf XVI of Sweden and his wife Queen Silvia travelled to South Korea in 2012, and Victoria's brother, Prince Carl Philip, visited only several months ago for a conference on environmentalism.

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