PM ‘snubs’ king to thank Swedes

In what is being seen by conservatives as a royal snub, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has decided to sit with a popular TV presenter on Thursday evening instead of feasting with King Harald and Queen Sonia at the annual palace dinner.

PM 'snubs' king to thank Swedes
Photo: Kjetil Ree (File)

According to newspaper VG, the Prime Minister will be in the Stockholm studio of the television interviewer Fredrik Skavlan, whose show garners high viewer ratings in both Norway and Sweden. The eight o’clock dinner with the Royals is an annual tradition for the government and members of parliament.

Stoltenberg’s choice was summarily attacked by the opposition Conservatives for putting “entertainment” above “tradition”.

The PM’s office said he was in Sweden to “officially thank” the Swedish people for their neighbourly support in the wake of right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik's July 22nd bomb attack and massacre.

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