Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden

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King Carl XVI Gustaf (born 30 April, 1946) has been King of Sweden since 1973.

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  • Det är när man har semester som man kan göra sådant här.
    • Translation: It's when you're on vacation you can do things like this.
    • Said when visting the floodings in middle Sweden in 1999. Some interpreted this as a criticism of prime minister Göran Persson, who also were on vacation but did not vistit the flooded areas.
  • I vissa lägen är det bättre att agera än att inte göra nåt alls. Då är det bättre att ringa på ambulansen och sen skicka hem den om den inte behövs. Men här i Sverige är det ofta så att ingen vågar ta ansvar. Man är rädd för att dra i gång saker, det kan betyda kostnader, och så måste man stå till svars sedan. Vem ska betala?
    • Translation: Sometimes it's better to act than to do nothing at all. Then it's better to call for the ambulance and later send it home if it isn't needed. But here in Sweden often nobody dare to take responsibility. One is afraid to get things going, that can imply costs, and then one must be held responsible. Who should pay?
    • Said in an interview with Dagens Nyheter about the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.
  • Jag gillar inte att inviga kärnkraftverk, men gör det om jag får order.
    • Translation: I don't like inaugurating nuclear power plants, but I do it if I'm ordered to.
    • Said in an interview in 1978, during the Swedish debate over nuclear power.
  • Kära örebroare...
  • Jobbet är för tungt för en flicka.
  • Om inte Gro Harlem Brundtland kan ta hand om sälproblemen, så undrar jag, hur ska hon då kunna ta hand om det norska folket?
    • Translation: If Gro Harlem Brundtland [then Norwegian prime minister] can't take care of the seal problems, then I wonder, how could she then take care of the Norwegian people?
    • Said in an interview in New Zealand in 1989 about the Norwegian seal hunt, which the Swedish king was critical about.
  • Härmed förklarar jag den nya Djurgårdsfärjan invigd som ska gå här mellan ... eh ... hållplatserna.
    • Translation: Hereby I declare the new Djurgården ferry inaugurated, which will go here between ... eh ... the stops.

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