UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Sweden this week to discuss security and while there, a photo of Johnson rowing Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson in a boat was captured sparking memes on the internet.
Johnson, 57, joined Andersson, 55, for a short ride in a Harpsundsekan boat on a lake. It is a tradition amongst the Swedish Prime Minister that visiting leaders go for a short boat ride.
Photos of the boat ride show Johnson wearing his full suit with no life jacket on, beginning to row Andersson, who was wearing a life jacket, across the lake.
In true internet fashion, people began creating memes surrounding the seemingly awkward boat ride.
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You may have seen the photo of Boris Johnson out for a row with Swedish PM Magdalena Andersson.\n\nThe boat is called Harpsundsekan and there's a long-running tradition of visiting leaders going out on the water with the Swedish prime minister.pic.twitter.com/3aQ9fpS5JP
I love how @SwedishPM wears a floatation device when @BorisJohnson is like "I've rowed in suits all my life and I'm gonna be aiight".https://twitter.com/SwedeninEU/status/1524370157241618435\u00a0\u2026
Push him over.\n\nPush. Him. Over.https://twitter.com/SwedeninEU/status/1524370157241618435\u00a0\u2026
— Andrea \u2022 Let Tangle & Whisper Kiss (@Andrea \u2022 Let Tangle & Whisper Kiss)
Johnson met with Andersson to discuss Sweden's potential application to NATO. The UK Prime Minister also signed a security assurance deal that says if Sweden is attacked the UK will help defend the country.
"This is an agreement that enshrines the values that both Sweden and the UK hold dear, and which we will not hesitate to defend and, as you put it so well Magdalena, when we were out on the lake – we are now literally and metaphorically in the same boat," Johnson said in his remarks.
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