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Bachelet thanks Sweden for help during dictatorship

  • Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven welcomes Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to the Government headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden,  Tuesday May 10, 2016. President Bachelet started a three day long official visit to Sweden Tuesday. (Anders Wiklund / TT  via AP)  SWEDEN OUT

    Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven welcomes Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to the Government headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Tuesday May 10, 2016. President Bachelet started a three day long official visit to Sweden Tuesday. (Anders Wiklund / TT via AP) SWEDEN OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • President of Chile  Michelle Bachelet and Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven attend a joint press meeting at the Government headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Tuesday May 10, 2016. President Bachelet started a three day long official visit to Sweden Tuesday. (Anders Wiklund / TT  via AP)  SWEDEN OUT

    President of Chile Michelle Bachelet and Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven attend a joint press meeting at the Government headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Tuesday May 10, 2016. President Bachelet started a three day long official visit to Sweden Tuesday. (Anders Wiklund / TT via AP) SWEDEN OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Swedish PM Stefan Lofven, right, watches Chilean President Michelle Bachelet  lay a wreath at the grave of murdered Swedish Prime Minister  Olof Palme at the Adolf Fredriks churchyard in Stockholm, Sweden, Tuesday May 10, 2016. President Bachelet started a three day long official visit to Sweden Tuesday. (Pontus Lundahl / TT  via AP) SWEDEN OUT

    Swedish PM Stefan Lofven, right, watches Chilean President Michelle Bachelet lay a wreath at the grave of murdered Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme at the Adolf Fredriks churchyard in Stockholm, Sweden, Tuesday May 10, 2016. President Bachelet started a three day long official visit to Sweden Tuesday. (Pontus Lundahl / TT via AP) SWEDEN OUT  (The Associated Press)

Chile's President Michelle Bachelet has expressed thanks to Sweden for helping thousands of Chileans escape persecution during the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet.

On the first-ever state visit by a Chilean president to the Nordic country, Bachelet on Tuesday highlighted the efforts of the Swedish prime minister at the time, Olof Palme and Harald Edelstam, who was the country's ambassador to Chile.

Bachelet told reporters in Stockholm that "Chile will never stop being grateful for that helpful hand."

Her father was arrested and tortured for opposing Pinochet's 1973 coup and died in police custody.

Sweden is now home to about 50,000 immigrants from Chile, one of the biggest Chilean communities outside the Americas.