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Turkish President Abdullah Gül and Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/Scanpix
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President Gül and King Carl Gustav open the Institute for Turkish Studies. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/Scanpix
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Was the Turkish state visit a success?

"It's just fascinating as a country"
9:46 min

This week Stockholm saw the first state visit by a Turkish head of state since the days of the Ottoman Empire. President Abdullah Gül and a 200-man strong delegation was here to strengthen ties between Sweden and Turkey and move negotiations for Turkish membership of the EU forward.

He also opened a brand new Institute for Turkish Studies at Stockholm University, the first of its kind here. Radio Sweden spoke to the head of that new institute Dr Paul Levin. In a longer interview, he told us his impressions of the state visit, of the relationship between Turkey and Sweden, and why his institute was formed.

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