The King and Queen visit Östergötland County
The King receives drawings and cards from children during the visit to Ryd Activity Park in Linköping. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT Nyhetsbyrån
On Tuesday 3 September, The King and Queen visited Östergötland County.
The King during the walk through the park. Photo: royalcourt.se
A large crowd of well-wishers had come to Ryd to greet The King and Queen. Photo: royalcourt.se
17:17 The King and Queen arrived at Ryd Activity Park in Linköping. This is a meeting place for children and young people, with an artificial turf pitch, skating facilities, a playground, slides, climbing frames, a basketball court and plenty of space to sit and hang out together. A sledging hill, football pitches and BBQ area are nearby.
The King and Queen's visit to Ryd Activity Park.
16:50 During the coach journey to Ryd Activity Park, Mayor Ann-Cathrine Hjerdt spoke about the park and its aims.
Omberg, with Lake Vättern in the background. Here, the spruces and larches form a dense forest that is unfavourable for oaks. Photo: royalcourt.se
The King and Queen hear about the work involved in restoring the area with giant oaks through felling. Photo: royalcourt.se
16:05 The King and Queen arrived at Omberg and the oak-clad hillside. Here, work began in 2003 to introduce oaks where spruces and larches had taken over the vegetation and forced out the oaks. Today, the greatest threat to oaks is other trees taking over, rather than felling or environmental problems. The aim is to achieve 5,000 giant oaks in future. To date, around 3,500 oaks have been cleared. Roughly 2,000 species thrive in dead oak wood, so the oak trees continue to be of great benefit even after the end of their lifetime. The King and Queen looked at oak trees, the oldest of which started growing in 1354. 15:48 The King and Queen continued by coach towards Omberg. Environmental Manager Olof Johansson from Sveaskog explained about the district and Omberg, which has been a traditional venue for royal hunts since the 17th century. Omberg is Sveaskog's first — and smallest — ecopark.
The King and Queen at Väversunda Church.
15:14 Assistant vicar Hans Merseburg welcomed The King and Queen to Väversunda Church. The church was built in 1160, and is one of Östergötland's finest examples of a mediaeval church. The church was once situated on the shore of Lake Tåkern, but as the water level dropped in the 19th century the lake moved further eastwards. The area around Lake Tåkern was one of the first places in the county to be populated. Inside the church, The King and Queen learnt about the building's rich ornamentation and how the congregation has paid for this in various ways over the centuries. The painting of the Madonna and Child is a copy of a 14th century original in the Swedish History Museum in Stockholm.
15:11 The King and Queen arrived in Vadstena Municipality, where they were welcomed by Chairman of the Municipal Executive Board Bo Johansson.
A press conference after lunch and the visit to Rodeco. Photo: royalcourt.se
14:04 Daniel Lind told The King and Queen about the family business Rodeco AB. It all started with the yellow swimming floats with white bands used for swimming lessons. Today, the company has around 40 employees. Rodeco builds indoor and swimming play areas, and focuses on safety and the environment. 13:00 Lunch was served at Mässen.
The King gives a speech on Gamla Torget in Åtvidaberg. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT Nyhetsbyrån
12:36 The King and Queen arrived at Gamla Torget in Åtvidaberg. The King gave a speech, in which he said:
"Over the years, Östergötland has suffered from businesses being closed down during times of recession, resulting in job losses. However, despite that, you have invested in education, research and development, in order to deal with growing competition in an increasingly internationalised world. The decision to build the Ostlänken high-speed railway is therefore an important infrastructure investment for the people and businesses of the county."
12:31 The King and Queen left the Åtvidaberg Works and Facit Museum in an Åtvidaberg car.
12:14 Jan Nordenström began a tour of the museum by showing a model of Åtvidaberg as it was in 1869, the high point in the history of the works. From 1853, Åtvidaberg was Sweden's biggest producer and exporter of copper. Every day, 17 ore trains arrived from Bersbo and 77 tonnes of ore were unloaded by hand. Åtvidaberg was dominated by copper production for 500 years.
At Åtvidaberg Works and Facit Museum, Jan Nordenström shows The King and Queen a model of Åtvidaberg as it was in 1869, the high point in the history of the works. Photo: royalcourt.se
12:09 The King and Queen arrived at Åtvidaberg Works and Facit Museum. 11:16 County Director Magnus Holgersson spoke about and demonstrated the dialect of Östergötland. The King and Queen were then welcomed to Åtvidaberg by Kerstin Skarin and Andreas Capilla, who share the role of Municipal Chief Executive, and Professor Emerita Viveka Adelswärd. The King and Queen heard about the history of the municipality, which stretches back hundreds of years. This year, Åtvidaberg celebrates its 600 anniversary and a number of events will take place during the year. There are 500 businesses in the municipality, many of which work internationally. The two largest employers are the municipality itself and PartnerTech. Recent investments include a new cultural centre housed in former industrial premises. 11:06 The King and Queen left Norrköping for their onward journey to Åtvidaberg. During the journey, County Governor Elisabeth Nilsson began by describing the county. The King came here in May 1975 on his tour of Sweden. The county has approximately 435,000 inhabitants, which is around 5% of the Swedish population. There are 36,000 businesses in the county, and the university has been significant in attracting workers to the county. Saab is a major employer, including indirectly through the aviation research cluster that exists around the company. Environmental engineering is another major industry within the county. Culture is a strong feature, with a number of art galleries and a lot of music, including the International Vadstena Academy. There are 210 nature reserves in Östergötland. Significant efforts are being made within integration, not least when it comes to the lone refugee children who are received by the county's municipalities.
Outside Norrköping Art Museum, preschool children tell The King how to make paper crowns and talk about Angry Birds. Photo: royalcourt.se
10:40 At Norrköping Art Museum, Museum Director Helena Persson welcomed the royal visitors and explained that the museum was opened by the then Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf, Crown Princess Louise, Prince Wilhelm and Prince Carl in 1946. The museum boasts one of Sweden's finest collections of Swedish art, and all the exhibitions are based on this collection. Chair of the Municipal Council Eva Andersson concluded by presenting The King and Queen with a gift: a play sculpture that will be built in Vasa Park to provide entertainment for all children.
10:30 The King and Queen travelled by tram from Drottninggatan. Chair of the Municipal Council Eva Andersson explained that 65% of public transport in Norrköping is by tram. The tram stopped at Kristinaplatsen, named after Queen Kristina.
Willy Forsström drives The King and Queen in Tram no. 1, Norrköping's first tram which dates from 1903.
10:03 During a walking tour of the older areas of Norrköping, Vice-Chancellor Helen Dannetun explained about the old industrial buildings that have now been given a new lease of life.
The King and Queen are given a guided tour of Norrköping's industrial heritage. Photo: royalcourt.se
09:27 Vice-Chancellor Helen Dannetun welcomed The King and Queen, and spoke about Linköping University. Teachers, doctors, psychologists and business lawyers are all trained here. Research is carried out within various fields, such as international migration and organic electronics. The university works together with nearby businesses. Professor Magnus Berggren, the youngest professor to be elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, then spoke about his research into plastic electronics and about the Printed Electronics Arena. He described how computers are increasingly making the transition from being housed in large boxes to being on sheets of paper. He compared the appearance of mobile phones twenty years ago with the way they look today. In 10-20 years, the technology will have progressed even further.
The King and Queen try installing smart screens on paper during their visit to the Printed Electronics Arena (PEA). PEA is a collaborative project run by Linköping University, Acreo Swedish ICT and Norrköping Science Park. Photo: royalcourt.se
09:14 County Governor Elisabeth Nilsson welcomed The King and Queen to the county, and joked that — thanks to the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, which is based in Norrköping — she was pleased to be able to provide sunshine during the day.
The programme for The King and Queen's visit on Tuesday 3 September.09:00 The King and Queen arrive in Norrköping, and are welcomed to Östergötland County by County Governor Elisabeth Nilsson. 09:25 The King and Queen visit Linköping University, Campus Norrköping and the Printed Electronics Arena. 10:40 The King and Queen visit Norrköping Art Museum. 12:00 The King and Queen visit Åtvidaberg Works and Facit Museum. 12:35 The King and Queen travel in an Åtvidaberg car to Gamla Torget. The King gives a speech. 13:00 Lunch at Mässen. 15:00 The King and Queen arrive at Väversunda, Vadstena Municipality. 15:40 The King and Queen travel by coach to Omberg. 16:50 The King and Queen arrive at Ryd Activity Park in Linköping. The day in Östergötland County concludes with dinner hosted by the County Governor at the County Governor's official residence, Linköping Castle.
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.