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Traffic chaos forecast as Obama visits Stockholm

Stockholm police have warned of widespread traffic disruption on Wednesday due to the arrival of US President Barack Obama and have advised commuters to leave cars at home and travel into the city by subway.

The President will be met at Arlanda airport on Wednesday morning by Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and the leaders off Sweden's coalition parties.

His first stop - accompanied by a 50 car escort - will be the Prime Minister's office in the city centre. From there he will travel to the nearby synagogue and later to the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). During the 20 minutes commute to the city the E4 motorway will be closed and all traffic stopped along the cavalcade routes in the city. Trains near the route will stop during his transit and air traffic will be restricted.

Kungsträdgården metro station, close to the government buildings, will be closed for two days. Pedestrians will be allowed in the areas with the road closures, but can expect police checks. Parking restrictions will be in place as of midnight Tuesday.

"It will be the biggest traffic disruption we've ever had," Kjell Lindgren, Stockholm police traffic spokesman told news agency TT.

Several demonstrations against the visit are also planned, mostly around Myntorget near the Swedish parliament.

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