1971: Osama bin Laden (second from right in green top and blue trousers) on a visit to Falun, Sweden. That year 23 members of the wealthy Bin Laden family visited Falun combining a business visit to close a deal with Volvo.
From a contemporary newspaper report on the visit of the wealthy Arab Family:
ARAB CELEBRITY VISITThe sheikh is said to be owner of a big and successful construction company in his home country, Saudi Arabia. In Gothenburg it is said that he surprised Volvo by entering their office and ordering a large number of trucks for his company.
Yesterday Salem bin Ladin visited Falun on a combined business and pleasure trip through Europe. He was accompanied by 22 members of his family, which in total consists of 54 children. The young sheikh, who is 26 years old, arrived in his private jet to Borlange airport, while the rest of the family arrived by car. He has visited the club Ophelia in Falun. The young sheikh is reported to be a big fan of discos and has visited the discos of Falun at various times in the past, however not together with his family.
— Dalarnes Tidningar September 7, 1971.