Kalmar Cathedral is one of Northern Europe's foremost baroque churches, and dominates the square of Stortorget with its fine architecture. Construction began in 1660, and was completed in 1703.
Kalmar Maritime Academy at Linnaeus University
Sweden's first paddle steamer, the Amphitrite, began to cross Lake Mälaren between Stockholm, Västerås and Uppsala in 1818. Emanuel Ingelström was born that same year. Twenty-three years later, he started his captain's studies at Kalmar Maritime Academy, which was then known as the School of Navigation. After three years of studying, Ingelström and his five classmates became the very first class to graduate from the institution.
Find out more about Kalmar Maritime Academy at Linnaeus University here.
14:46 Pro-Rector Lena Fritzén spoke about Linnaeus University.
14:21 Professor of Marine Ecology Johan Rönnby and filmmaker Richard Lundgren gave a brief talk on marine archaeology entitled "Hidden under the surface in Kalmar County", about shipwrecks in the Kalmar Sound. They spoke about Kronan and Svärdet, the biggest marine archaeology projects in the world. The ship Mars, which was discovered in summer 2012, sank during an intense two-day naval battle in 1564. There are now plans for a national maritime reserve, where research and wreck preservation will be carried out together.
13:48 Lena Fritzén, Pro-Rector of Linnaeus University, welcomed The King and Queen to the lunch held at Kalmar Maritime Academy.
The first mention of Strömsrum dates from 1312. Johan Skytte bought the property in 1622. His grandson, Gustav Adolf Skytte, who was born in 1637, used the castle as the base for the piracy that he, his sister Anna and his brother-in-law Gustaf Drake af Hagelsrum carried out in the Baltic Sea between 1657 and 1661. This true story was recounted by Viktor Rydberg in The Freebooter of the Baltic (1857). Gustaf Adolf Skytte was executed by firing squad early in the morning of 27 April 1663 on Jönköping Square. The estate has been owned by the Rappe family since the end of the 18th century. Today, this is a modern estate which uses hydroelectric power and wind power, and the owner Baron Thomas Rappe takes a great interest in the environment.
11:54 County Governor Stefan Carlsson was interviewed on the bus to Mönsterås.
How has the visit gone so far?
"It's gone very well so far. The weather is on our side, and there were so many people in Oskarshamn — it was wonderful. And it felt like The King and Queen were particularly interested in the environmental issues discussed at the town hall, which was meaningful."
Tell us about the planning for the visit
"I wanted to show the whole of the county, not just Kalmar itself. I also thought about which issues The King and Queen were interested in, so there was a focus on the environmental work taking place in the county."
The King Oscar I memorial and commemorative medallion
Konung Oscar I Plats on Lilla Torget in the centre of Oskarshamn was opened in connection with Oskarshamn's 150th anniversary celebrations in 2006. Since then, there has been a commemorative medallion of the town's founder at this site. The medallion is an enlargement of King Oscar I's coin. It is 40 centimetres in diameter, and was made in bronze by artist Gösta Holmer from Blankaholm.
10:36 Town Planning Manager Bodil Liedberg Jönsson spoke about the need for 500-1,500 new homes in Oskarshamn. The harbour is the heart of the town, and moving the Gotland ferry terminal will free up large areas of the harbour for housing. The preparations for the new harbour area began in 2012. The citizens of Oskarshamn were invited to share their opinions on the future of the harbour. Three parallel architectural competitions for the area will be launched this summer. A project is also being carried out to recapture and create local trading in Oskarshamn.
10:17 Project Manager Rolf Persson explained about Sweden's biggest harbour project: clearing the sediment from Oskarshamn Harbour.
The clean-up project in Oskarshamn Harbour
This is one of Sweden's biggest clean-up projects. The sediment at the bottom of Oskarshamn Harbour is one of the most polluted areas in Sweden, with high levels of heavy metals and organic environmental toxins. Oskarshamn Municipality is now carrying out a clean-up project.
10:01 Municipal Director Ann-Christine Vösu from Oskarshamn Municipality talked about the work involved in the vision to become an international energy centre.
09:50 The King and Queen visited Oskarshamn Town Hall.