By meeting with representatives of the Croatian community in the Swedish capital of Stockholm the president of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic began her five-day visit to the Scandinavian country on the 20th of March.
According to the latest data between 35,000 and 40,000 Croats emigrated to Sweden in the last century whether as economic migrants, political migrants or fleeing from the war zone in 1990s.
At the meeting with the Croatian community Grabar-Kitarovic emphasized the poor demographic situation in the homeland by saying that Croatia was ''ageing and dying'' and needed people, referring to returnees from the Diaspora. She also added that Croatia had to provide returnees the standard of living they now have in Sweden. "It is up to us to ensure your return, your integration in the homeland and the fullness of life you have in Sweden."
The Croatian president begins the official part of her visit on the 21st of March. She is to meet with King Gustaf XVI and Queen Silvia, the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lovfen, the Parliament Speaker Urban Ahlin, and the Minister of Defence Peter Hultqvist.
During the five-day visit Grabar-Kitarovic will also visit the Swedish telecom giant Ericsson, the owner of the ICT company Ericsson Nikola Tesla in Croatia.