The King and Queen visit Södermanland County
On Wednesday 4 September, The King and Queen visited Södermanland County.
17:04 The King and Queen were welcomed to Eskilstuna Ölkultur by CEO Anders Olsson. He explained that Eskilstuna Ölkultur is a brewery pub, a combination of a local business and an association, with around 2,500 members. Production began in 2006, and around 130,000 litres were produced this year.
Inside Eskilstuna Ölkultur. The company is part of a fast growing interest in quality beer in Sweden, reflected in the growth in microbreweries. Photo: royalcourt.se
Meeting members of the public during the walk from Strömsholmen to Eskilstuna Ölkultur. Photo: royalcourt.se
16:30 The King and Queen arrived at Eskilstuna and Strömsholmen, where they were welcomed by the County Governor and Chairman of Forshaga Municipal Executive Board Jimmy Jansson. After a brief speech by Jansson about the musical town of Eskilstuna, Patrik Kolar & His Funky Friends — winners of the 2012 Eskilstuna Municipality Music Prize — performed.
16:21 During the coach journey to Strömsholmen at the Eskilstuna River, Municipal Chief Executive Pär Eriksson spoke about the title Environmental Municipality of the Year, which Eskilstuna was awarded in 2012. The municipality is particularly proud to have won the award as an industrial town.
Roadshow featuring heavy vehicles.
15:41 The King and Queen arrived at Volvo Construction Equipment in Eskilstuna. There, they saw a demonstration of the company's heavy vehicles. The roadshow attracts around 25,000 visitors each year, and has grown since 1958 as a way of showcasing products. Volvo Construction Equipment has 2,500 employees in Eskilstuna, and is 180 years old. An interview with County Governor Liselott Hagberg during the coach journey to Volvo Construction Equipment. What was your thinking behind today's programme? We've chosen to follow The King's wish to see developments during the county over the last 40 years. We've had three themes during the day: Firstly, food production. Secondly, diversity, which is much greater today. People are the county's biggest resource, and the fact that so many people want to come here is a source of great enrichment. And thirdly, environmental issues, which have climbed a long way up the national agenda over the course of the past 40 years. 14:50 After lunch, Head of Department Gustav Olsson from Julita Farm spoke about the cultural landscape and its preservation. This includes creating gene banks for crops, with hops and apples in particular being saved through special growing. Chairman of the Municipal Executive Board Jimmy Jansson then spoke about Eskilstuna Municipality. There are two towns in the municipality: Eskilstuna and Torshälla. Queen Kristina wanted to combine the two towns, but this plan was never realised. For many years, the municipality has thrived with industrial growth, but during the 1970s the town was affected by a downturn. The turning point came in the mid-1990s, not least thanks to Mälardalen University. The other milestone was the opening of the Svealand Railway in 1997, which resulted in an increase in Eskilstuna's population after many years of decline. 13:16 The King and Queen arrived at the Julita Värdshus restaurant, where lunch was served.
Arriving at Julita Farm. Photo: royalcourt.se
12:55 During the coach journey to Julita Farm, Agricultural Director Ulrika Lundberg from the County Administrative Board spoke about Södermanland's culinary culture. Södermanland is a large farming county. In the space of five years, farmland prices have risen by 75%. Tenant farming remains common, although the practice is becoming less popular. The food industry provides around 9,000 jobs in the county. 12:22 Local Government Commissioner Göran Dahlström gave a speech about royal visits to Katrineholm through the ages.
After The King's speech at Stadsparken.
The King gives a speech at Stadsparken in Katrineholm. Photo: royalcourt.se
12:17 The King and Queen arrived at Stadsparken in Katrineholm. Thousands of people had gathered there to welcome them. The County Governor began by welcoming The King and Queen to the county. The King then gave a speech, in which he said: "My great-uncle Prince Wilhelm lived at Stenhammar in Södermanland for more than 30 years. And, just like me, Prince Wilhelm loved the landscape of Södermanland. In his 1947 book 'Swedish Land', he describes how he walked around the garden one autumn day, following the work. He wrote: 'Fields and pastures, wooded hillsides and lakes, white farmhouses and red crofts the colour of wild strawberries... A piece of Södermanland, a piece of the world where I feel uniquely at home.' "Yes, Södermanland and Stenhammar are a piece of the world where I, too, feel uniquely at home."
11:57 The King and Queen arrived at Katrineholm and the town hall, Gröna Kulle. Joyce Kimwaga Lundin, Chairwoman of NEEM, a network for entrepreneurs from ethnic backgrounds, welcomed The King and Queen and talked about the work of the organisation. 11:35 The coach approached Katrineholm, and Chairman of the Municipal Executive Board Göran Dahlström welcomed The King and Queen to the municipality. He explained that the proximity to Stockholm and two main railways lines are important to the municipality. High levels of inward migration mean that many new homes are being built. At the same time, there is high unemployment and the municipality is a long way down Save the Children Sweden's child poverty index. The municipality is now working hard to rectify this.
The King and Queen meet students at the local restaurant school, who are making Södermanland tapas. Photo: royalcourt.se
10:16 The King and Queen arrived at the restaurant school, and were given a tour. Head teacher Hannu Husa and students then gave a presentation of the school. The King and Queen were offered a buffet, which had been planned and prepared by the pupils.
An orchestra welcomes The King and Queen with a specially written song about the World Childhood Foundation, to which all profits from the restaurant school's café were being donated during the day. Photo: royalcourt.se
Nyköping Strand Utbildningscentrum AB Today, the school is one of Sweden's top three upper secondary level restaurant schools, and helps to train the chefs of the future. A new junior Swedish culinary team was formed in 2013, with two of the eight members having been trained in Nyköping. The school aims to offer students attractive training for national and international development within the restaurant, hospitality and event management industry.
A welcoming ceremony for The King and Queen at Nyköpingshus Castle. Photo: royalcourt.se
The King and Queen arrive at Nyköpingshus Castle, escorted by the Nyköping Fähnlein (King Karl IX's life guards). Photo: royalcourt.se
The King and Queen are welcomed to Nyköping. Photo: royalcourt.se
09:50 The King and Queen arrived at Nyköping and Nyköpingshus Castle, where a welcoming ceremony was held. The King's Song was sung, after which County Governor Liselott Hagberg welcomed the royal visitors to the county and Chairman of the Municipal Executive Board Urban Granström welcomed them to Nyköping. A school choir and folk musicians provided musical entertainment. 09:36 Chairman of the Municipal Executive Board Urban Granström welcomed The King and Queen to Nyköping Municipality as the coach arrived. He promised that the municipality treats its guests better now than at the time of the Nyköping Banquet 700 years ago, at which Duke Valdemar and Duke Eric were imprisoned and subsequently starved to death. Nyköping celebrated its 800 anniversary 26 years ago, but more recently the town has actually been dated back to the 7th century AD. Major employers include Skavsta Airport, the municipality and the county council. A new railway line, Ostlänken, has resulted in the municipality starting to build homes, preschools and schools to meet the needs of all the people who will be moving here. 09:09 On the coach to Södermanland, County Governor Liselott Hagberg began by quoting Selma Lagerlöf, who — in The Wonderful Adventures of Nils — described Södermanland as "the beautiful garden of delights". Inward migration to the county is high, and 276,000 people live here. New residents come here from both Sweden and the rest of the world. Large companies such as SSAB Swedish Steel and Volvo have operations in the county, and agriculture remains important. Södermanland means "southern man's land", and is named after the people who settled at Lake Mälaren. The name dates back to the 13th century. Famous writers from the county include Ivar Lo-Johansson, Kerstin Ekman and Sven Delblanc.
County Governor Liselott Hagberg welcomes The King and Queen to Södermanland County. Photo: royalcourt.se
The day had three themes. The first of these was food. The county is home to agriculture and food preparation, and the organic food body KRAV was started in Södermanland. The second theme was diversity, and the County Governor aimed to show how the strengths of those who have come to Sweden are used for the benefit of the county. The third theme was the environment. The county is strongly committed to the environment, and Eskilstuna — which The King and Queen visited during the day — was named Environmental Municipality of the Year in 2012.
The programme for The King and Queen's visit on Wednesday 4 September.08:30 The King and Queen are welcomed to Södermanland County by County Governor Liselott Hagberg, taking over hosting duties from County Governor Elisabeth Nilsson. 09:30 The King and Queen arrive at Nyköping and Nyköpingshus Castle. 09:55 The King and Queen visit the restaurant school Nyköping Strand Utbildningscentrum AB. 11:30 The King and Queen arrive at Katrineholm and the town hall, Gröna Kulle. 12:05 The King and Queen arrive at Stadsparken. The King gives a speech. 12:55 The King and Queen arrive at Julita. 13:05 Lunch at Julita Värdshus. 15:20 The King and Queen visit Volvo Construction Equipment in Eskilstuna. 16:05 The King and Queen arrive at Strömsholmen, at the Eskilstuna River. 16:40 The King and Queen visit Eskilstuna Ölkultur.
County visits 2013In connection with The King's 40th jubilee, The King and Queen will be visiting all of Sweden's 21 counties during the year. Find out more about the county visits here.