Many people had come to greet The Crown Princess and to see the opening of Victoria Square. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/Scanpix
On Thursday 22 September, The Crown Princess visited Haparanda-Tornio, where she opened Victoria Square.
The ceremony began with Vilma Styrman and others welcoming The Crown Princess. Vilma designed the square's "Gränsbåge" artwork. The Crown Princess then unveiled a commemorative plaque and launched a number of boats in the Border Channel, together with children from Haparanda-Tornio. The ceremony concluded with The Crown Princess and Vilma Styrman tying together two bows and unveiling the Framtidsbågen sculpture.
About Victoria Square
The square is situated right on the national border, and shows what can be achieved through active cross-border cooperation. Victoria Square is at the centre of the national border between Sweden and Finland, Haparanda and Tornio. The border is marked by the Border Channel, which is 130 metres long. Victoria Square, together with the Border Channel and the artworks in the area, was designed by children from Haparanda-Tornio in a 2006 competition open to all the towns' school children. The water flows in from Stadsviken Bay and out into the River Torne. At the centre of the square, the channel widens into a six meter wide oval-shaped pool. Find out more about Haparanda-Tornio.