Wednesday, May 16, 2007

A Swedish - Californian meeting...?

According to Swedish news, the Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt actually met Governor Schwarzenegger today. According to Californian media, so far, they haven't mentioned Mr Reinfeldt even once. None of the evening news mentioned this important visit.

The major news around here is the two whales who took the wrong turn somewhere around the Golden Gate Bridge and ended up in the delta outside of Sacramento, the capitol of California and where the Governor works.

The whales' visit was a bigger news story than a Swedish Prime Minister. Hundreds of people gathered to see the whales. So far I haven't even seen a picture of Mr Reinfeldt and Mr Schwarzenegger together...

Non offense taken. After all Sweden is tiny. Not in terms of size (it's actually has pretty much the same area as California and the same shape), but in terms in population. And influence (even though I think that Swedes would like to think (hope?) we have a significant effect on the surrounding world...). And it's far away (I wonder if Mr Reinfeldt has to take the SAS flight SK945 from Chicago back to Stockholm... sitting waiting at gate 15... or if he has his own plane??).

But there are pretty many Swedish aliens in California and it would have been fun for us if the Prime Minister's visit would have been more visible. Not even the Swedish consulates in Los Angeles or San Francisco mentions his visit on their web pages (... but the SF consulate mentions that the Collegium Cantorum Chamber Choir is on tour in the San Francisco Bay Area right now....).

Oh, well, maybe the morning paper will mention it...


10 comments:

miranda said...

Its crazy isn't it!
To get news about the rest of the world (Unless its something major)I have to go on the BBC news web site so this kind of thing doesn't surprise me at all.
I mean it was nice to hear about the whales but even a certain Swedish wannabe that had yet another major migraine was looking forward to hearing about it in the news!!!

Paul said...

He could've at least brought some Wettex with him. It's impossible to find it in the stores here.

It would've been fun if Reinfeldt had visited some Swedish companies while he was here too.

JaCal said...

Miranda - BBC is great! The whales are cute - and it's two of them! Haha!

Paul - there is so much he could have done... and one is to bring Wettex!! More Wettex to the Swedish aliens in California! ;-)

Isle Dance said...

I wish we'd hear more about these visits, too! Maybe then, people here would stop confusing Sweden with Switzerland. :)

Annika said...

När min bror och hans tjej kom till DC i höstas åkte dom samma SAS flight från KPH till Dulles, Washington som Kungaparet!!! Det tyckte jag var lite läckert, sådär. Det är nog troligt att statsministern kommer att flyga just din SAS-rutt :-)))

Anonymous said...

There is a story in the English-language Swedish news website, The Local, and there's also photos of Reinfeldt and the governor on Yahoo: http://news.yahoo.com/photo/070516/480/5675a624754f48c69a8913baca285cdc and http://news.yahoo.com/photo/070516/480/3ca6d94801e049d2bab5720092a5a93c. Oddly, the source of the photos is listed as Governor Schwarzenegger's Office, but you can't even find them on his website - which is updated fairly regularly.

JaCal said...

Thanks - interesting! Yes, the Governor's website is quick and current, but not a word on Reinfeldt... fun to see the pictures though.

Looks like Arnold is actually taller... or is it the hair? ;-)

(if anyone else wants to see the pictures - make sure you stretch the comment pop-up window so you see the whole link, otherwise you will get only part of the link).

JaCal said...

Isle Dance - haha - yes! The should have taken the opportunity! On the other hand it seems that whales were way more interesting yesterday.

Annika - yes, I'm really curious on how he travels... I sure wonder. Jag har åkt samma flygplan som kungen till Helsingfors. Det var mest besvärligt, massor av säkerhetskontroller och planet fick stanna på plattan så att bil-kortegen kunde hämta upp honom. (oups switchade visst över till svenska mitt i där..).

Anonymous said...

I believe the prime minister also met with the governor of Colorado. I couldn't find anything on the Colorado governor's website, but in the "press" section they list e-mail addresses for his aides. I am thinking someone should e-mail them and ask if they have photos.

JaCal said...

Well at least the Colorado visit was in the official program on the Swedish government's web page. Seems Reinfeldt US-visit is not really getting a lot (none...) attention over here! ;-)