The King during his visit to the 321 Home Guard Battalion in Gothenburg. Here, The King is shown how the Home Guard helps to protect facilities of social importance. Photo: royalcourt.se
The King pays regular visits to various operations in order to keep himself informed of progress within different sections of society, and on Friday 1 April he visited the 321 Home Guard Battalion in Gothenburg.
The King was first given a brief introduction to current issues and a presentation of the Military Medical Centre, the Elfborg Group and the military unit exercises. This was followed by a visit to the 321 Home Guard Battalion, an information session on classified facilities at the Port of Gothenburg, and a visit to a defence guard training session. Following a field lunch, The King visited the Home Guard Platoon, which guards classified facilities used by civilians. The King then met Birgitta Roos, Director of Göteborg Vatten, Björn Frid, Head of Security at Vattenfall, and Bengt Göran Dalman, CEO of Göteborg Energi. The Home Guard was formed by parliamentary resolution on 29 May 1940. To begin with, the Home Guard consisted of younger and older male volunteers who were not conscripted, and soon started working together with the Swedish Women's Voluntary Defence Service and the Red Cross. Over the years, the Home Guard has had a variety of different roles, and was at its biggest in the mid-1980s when more than 120,000 men and women were members. More recently, the Home Guard has been reorganised a number of times, and in 2005 the Home Guard rapid-response platoons and rapid-response companies were formed. Today, the Home Guard has around 5,000 members. Its role is to "guard, protect, oversee and support civilian society". Find out more about the Home Guard here.