The Crown Princess Couple paid a three-day visit to Småland. Here they are in Lammhult. Photo: Mikael Fritzon/Scanpix.
On Thursday 31 March, The Crown Princess Couple began their visit to Småland. Over the course of three days, they visited the counties of Jönköping, Kronoberg and Kalmar.
The tour began with a visit to Skeppshult and the Skeppshult bicycle factory. Here, The Crown Princess Couple were shown the entire bicycle manufacturing process by owners Jonas and Magnus Andersson. After lunch, which included traditional Swedish cheese cake, they attended the opening of the Dialysis Pavilion at Ryhov County Hospital in Jönköping. The brand new pavilion has room for up to twelve patients, and enables them to deal with their own treatment. At the opening ceremony, hospital administrator Agneta Ståhl gave a short speech before Prince Daniel cut the ribbon. In the afternoon, The Crown Princess Couple visited the Freja Theatre Group, whose members are young people with autism. The Crown Princess Couple watched extracts from a performance about their own lives. The young people sang a selection of popular songs, and the performance concluded with the Freja Theatre Group's own song. In the evening, a dinner was held at the governor's official residence in Jönköping with the theme of dialogues and meetings. Friday 1 April began with a visit to Stadsgård School in Råslätt, Jönköping. Here, The Crown Princess Couple met class 8F and talked about the pupils' everyday lives. There then followed a meeting with David Gunnarsso at DAVEART, whose work includes painting masks for ice hockey goalkeepers and who has many NHL customers. Before lunch, the programme included a visit to furniture design company Lammhults. Here, The Crown Princess Couple learnt about the history of furniture design and had the opportunity to talk with representatives from a number of the furniture companies based in Lammhult. This was followed by lunch in Växjö on the theme "Kronoberg after the storm — the future of woodworking", with both academic and professional representatives. The afternoon started with a seminar on innovation and enterprise at Linnaeus University. The first session began with an introduction by County Governor Kristina Alsér, followed by three short contributions on courage, design and leadership. Astronaut Christer Fuglesang then spoke about innovation inspiration in space. The second session was introduced by Mikael Ahlerup, Managing Director of Astrid Lindgren's World, who spoke on the theme of "innovative and fantastic leadership", and was concluded by Marcus Wallenberg, who spoke on the theme of "the challenges of globalisation". The official programme for the day ended with a visit to Småland Museum and the project Embrace, which deals with Swedish-American art, both today and in the past. In the evening, County Governor Kristina Alsér hosted dinner at the governor's official residence. Saturday 2 April began with a visit to the Glasriket glass-making region. At the Kosta glassworks, The Crown Princess opened the Kosta Boda Art Café and then took a tour of the glassworks, where she met Erika Lagerbielke who gave a demonstration of glass-making. The Crown Princess Couple then made their way to Orrefors, where they were given a tour of the showroom by antiques expert Knut Knutsson, who also talked about the history of the factory. After lunch, which was served at the Orrefors Villa and hosted by County Governor Sven Lindgren, The Crown Princess Couple continued to Kalmar and the anti-domestic violence centre ATV. The centre aims to prevent violence through various initiatives. The final visit on the tour of Småland was to Jangir Maddadi, who runs a design company — Jangir Maddadi Design Bureau — which specialises in furnishings for public spaces. Jangir Maddadi was named Settler of the Year 2010. The evening was rounded off with dinner at the Governor's official residence in Kalmar.