On Thursday 13 February, The Crown Princess reopened the modernised Stockholm Central Station.
When Stockholm Central Station was completed 143 years ago, there was no grand opening ceremony according to Jernhusen, which owns and manages the properties for Sweden's railway network. It was therefore decided that such a ceremony should now be held to mark the foundation reinforcement and modernisation of the station.
The Crown Princess was welcomed to Stockholm Central Station by CEO of Jernhusen Kerstin Gillsbro and Business Area Manager Stations Ola Orsmark. They explained about the rebuilding and modernisation project, and showed The Crown Princess the historic exhibition at the station's Ring gallery.
The opening ceremony then began with the Royal Swedish Opera performing "Freudig begrüssen wir die edlen Halle" from Wagner's Tannhäuser.
The hosts of the ceremony, history enthusiasts Erik Haag and Lotta Lundgren, welcomed the visitors. They spoke about the reopening ceremony and the royal visitors who had previously opened stations, King Oskar II and King Karl XV.
CEO Kerstin Gillsbro then spoke about the development of the station, its role in society and the future of public transport.
The Crown Princess then unveiled a bench and declared the station open.
The station building was built in 1867-1871. It was designed by the architect Adolf W. Edelsvärd, and was opened on 17 July 1871. There was no major opening ceremony to mark the completion of the new central station. However, King Karl XV, Crown Prince Oskar (later King Oskar II), Crown Prince of Denmark Fredrik (later King Fredrik VIII of Denmark) and Norway's Prime Minister in Stockholm Otto Richard Kierulf travelled on a stretch of track in three royal carriages.
The station has since been expanded and rebuilt on a number of occasions. The biggest change took place between 1925 and 1928, when the large central hall – designed by the architect Folke Zettervall – was added. Since 1986, the station has been designated a state historic building.
Around 1,100 trains and more than 250,000 passengers pass through Stockholm Central Station every day, making it the Nordic region's biggest station.