German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Loefven took a traditional walking tour around selected exhibitions at the 2019 Hanover Fair on Monday, being presented with smart solutions and developments for the future.

Before the walking tour, the two leaders signed an extension of the 2017 innovation partnership, which will now include cooperation in the development and production of sustainable battery cells as well as artificial intelligence.

This year Sweden is partner country of the Hanover Fair for the first time in its 70-year history. Loefven spoke with pride about being chosen as this-years partner country, saying: “It is a privilege, an opportunity and an honour for Sweden to have been chosen as your partner country. But let me also say this: You've made a great choice because if there is something that we Swedes like, it is cooperation."

The Hanover Fair is an annual event which this year will attract 220,000 visitors to see 6,500 exhibitors over five days.

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