Nelson Mandela: 1918-2013

IN PICTURES: Nelson Mandela and Sweden

IN PICTURES: Nelson Mandela and Sweden
Nelson Mandela flanked by Sweden's Queen Silvia (l) and Crown Princess Victoria (r) during a 2001 state visit to Sweden. File photo: TT
News that Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president, died on Thursday at the age of 95 has sparked an outpouring of remembrance in Sweden and around the world. In a collection of historic images, The Local looks back at Mandela's ties to Sweden.

Mandela, who had been undergoing months of treatment for a lung infection, was hailed as South Africa's "greatest son" by current South African President Jakob Zuma, who confirmed the anti-apartheid hero's death on Thursday night.

IN PICTURES: Mandela and Sweden

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt praised Mandela as someone who "changed the world", while Foreign Minister Carl Bildt called him a "giant of our age".

Following his release from prison on 1990, Mandela praised Sweden for its support of the anti-apartheid struggle.

"We have come to once more thank Sweden from the bottom of our hearts for what you did – the labour movement, NGOs, churches and others, and the millions of ordinary Swedish men and women who insisted that the rights they enjoyed should be enjoyed by all people everywhere," he said in a 1999 speech to the Riksdag.

In the accompanying gallery, The Local offers a collection of images that illustrate Mandela's relationship with Sweden.

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