The King and Queen visit Örebro County
The King and Queen arrive at Alfred Nobel's final Swedish home, Björkborn Manor in Karlskoga. Photo: David Sica/Stella Pictures
On Tuesday 20 August, The King and Queen visited Örebro County.
17:24 The ceremony concluded with Edith Barlow singing Habanera from Bizet's Carmen.
The King gives a speech at Stortorget in Örebro. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/Scanpix
17:13 The King gave a speech, in which he said:
"As many of you know, our family has special links to your county and your town. A Parliamentary Session was held here in Örebro just over 200 years ago. And it was thanks to your hospitality that my great-great-great-great-grandfather Jean Baptiste Bernadotte was named successor to the Swedish throne in 1810."
17:03 The ceremony at Stortorget began. The master of ceremonies was Peter Flack. After The King's Song, the County Governor gave a speech.
The King in Örebro. Photo: royalcourt.se
The King and Queen are guided through OpenArt by Lars Jonson, who is responsible for the outdoor exhibition. Photo: David Sica/Stella Pictures
16:49 The King and Queen arrived in Örebro. 16:33 The coach stopped at a bus stop and picked up Lars Jonson, who is responsible for the Örebro OpenArt outdoor exhibition. He explained that the background to OpenArt was a desire to move the Örebro Konsthall art gallery out into the town. 16:02 On the coach to Örebro, Vice-Chancellor Jens Schollin spoke about Örebro University, one of two universities in the county together with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. The university attracts a high number of applicants, particularly for its medical training programmes. 80% of students come from outside the county, and many choose to stay here. Major fields of research include nutrition, in association with House of Meals, and robotics. Research partners include Atlas Copco. Nanny Andersson Sahlin, a strategist at Örebro County Administrative Board, then spoke about the fibre cable expansion taking place within the county.
Lilly Larsson shows The King a photograph from King Gustaf V's visit to Bergshyttan in 1930. Photo: royalcourt.se
Lilly Larsson can be seen in the photograph, to the far left. Photo: royalcourt.se
The King and Queen are welcomed to Grimsö Research Station by Lisa Sennerby, Vice-Chancellor of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Photo: royalcourt.se
15:00 The King and Queen arrived at Grimsö. Lisa Sennerby, Vice-Chancellor of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, welcomed them to Grimsö. Grimsö Research Station is run by the university, and attracts a great deal of media attention. The researchers produce data for politicians to use when making decisions on issues relating to predatory animals. Domestic reindeer are most vulnerable to being harmed by wild animals, but sheep are also susceptible. The King and Queen saw an anti-predator fence developed by the university's researchers. Professor Petter Kjellander then spoke about ticks and how they spread, particularly via roe deer. Each roe deer can harbour up to 2,000 ticks. How many ticks are there out there? A major project involving UV marking is now underway to find out. 14:16 The County Governor then spoke about Stadra Theatre, which the coach drove past. The theatre is run by Magnus Wetterholm, who has worked with the theatre for fifteen years. She also mentioned the Opera på Skäret initiative, which was founded in 2003 in an old sawmill. Concerts were staged during the summertime for the first few years, and the first opera production, Rigoletto, was performed in 2006. This summer's production is The Barber of Seville. The Swedish Chamber Orchestra, which was founded in 1995 and has 38 full-time musicians under the direction of principal conductor Thomas Dausgaard, is based in Örebro. The orchestra tours regularly, both in Sweden and internationally. Örebro Chamber Choir will soon be celebrating its 40th anniversary, and is one of Sweden's leading chamber choirs. Örebro is also home to an international choral centre. Live at Heart is arranged in September, and is one of Sweden's biggest festivals with 300 concerts. The festival is run by Anders Damberg. 14:05 After lunch at Loka Brunn, which was attended by representatives from the county's municipalities, the coach left for Grimsö. Head of Department Magnus Eklund spoke about the county administrative board's environmental work from two perspectives: water supply and predatory animals. 12:33 Lunch was served at the Grand Society House. 12:12 The King and Queen arrived at Loka Brunn. They walked through the area, from the Water Salon, via the church, to the Loka Salon and on to the restaurant at the Grand Society House for lunch. 11:38 The coach headed off for Hällefors and Loka Brunn. During the journey, Anita Norén spoke about Örebro as a culinary county. Örebro County is like a miniature version of Sweden, with plains, mountains and forests. The county has 100,000 hectares of agricultural land, where food for humans and feed for cattle are grown. The lakes are also a rich source of food, including the pike perch — Sweden's first environmentally certified fish. Today, there are around 30 fishermen at Lake Hjälmaren. Grythyttan Academy for Culinary Arts is part of Örebro University.
11:16 The King and Queen arrived at Björkborn Manor, where Alfred Nobel lived and worked during his final years. Museum Director Hans Johansson spoke about the history of the Nobel Prize and how the Nobel family reacted to the news that his legacy would be used to create a prize fund.
Björkborn ManorAlfred Nobel's final Swedish home was Björkborn Manor in Karlskoga. He also had a laboratory built here, where he experimented with gunpowder and synthetic rubber. Both his home and the manor have been preserved, and house exhibitions about Alfred Nobel. The history of Alfred Nobel and the story of the approval of his will are fascinating chapters in history, with Björkborn Manor at their centre. In accordance with Nobel's will, the Nobel Prize was instituted at Karlskoga District Court in 1897. Björkborn Manor is now run by the Alfred Nobel Björkborn Foundation. The County Governor of Örebro County chairs the board of the foundation, with the CEO of the Nobel Foundation acting as vice chairman.
Find out more about Björkborn Manor here.
11:10 En route to Björkborn, the coach passed Karlskoga and the County Governor spoke about Alfred Nobel and how Björkborn Manor came to be owned by the great inventor. A science centre is currently being built in the area, financed by the Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning, Saab Aerodynamics and municipal funding.
The King and Queen are given a tour of Outokumpu Ironworks in Degerfors. Photo: royalcourt.se
10:17 At the steelworks, Mikael Becker explained about the process and how the material is first heated up and then rolled out.
Preparing for the visit to the steelworks. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/Scanpix
10:04 The King and Queen arrived at the steelworks in Degerfors. Site Manager Leif Rosén welcomed them, and explained about Outokumpu, the world's largest steel company.
Outokumpu Ironworks in DegerforsThe ironworks in Degerfors were founded on 16 October 1660, when George Camitz was granted approval by the Swedish Board of Mines to carry out manufacturing operations and to establish a forge. Camitz had come to Karlskoga in 1648 from what was then the Austrian province of Silesia, to manage the two new mills at Bofors and Björkborn. The Degerfors ironworks were owned by the Camitz family for more than 200 years. Since 2004, the ironworks have been fully owned by the Finnish group Outokumpu.
Passing Lake Möckeln en route towards Degerfors. Photo: royalcourt.se
09:34 On the coach to Degerfors, County Director Kjell Unevik spoke about the county, which is centrally located within Sweden. The Swedish postal service Posten is currently centralising its operations, and one of its hubs will be in Hallsberg. The central location results in many new jobs, with 1,000 new positions being created in Hallsberg thanks to its geographic location and the growth of e-commerce, with many companies basing their central warehouses in the county. The manufacturing industry is also important to the county, and is a significant source of employment. The county is now also attracting industrial companies back, such as Atlas Copco which has moved its manufacturing back here from Europe and North America. The population of Örebro is growing every year, although the other municipalities in the county are experiencing a slight drop. The county boasts advanced infrastructure, with extensive motorway and railway networks making commuting within the county easy. This has helped to keep unemployment down in the face of job losses.
The King and Queen are welcomed to Örebro County by the County Governor and her husband. Photo: royalcourt.se
09:17 County Governor Rose-Marie Frebran welcomed The King and Queen to Örebro County, and began by talking about the royal visit in 2010 when the entire Royal Family came to Örebro to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Karl Johan Bernadotte being named successor to the Swedish throne. She continued by describing the county. Örebro has borders with six other counties — the highest number in Sweden — and there is therefore a great desire for cooperation. Örebro is a strong administrative county, with 6,000 people working for around 20 state organisations.
The programme for The King and Queen's visit on Tuesday 20 August.09:05 The King and Queen arrive at Örebro Airport, and are welcomed to Örebro County by County Governor Rose-Marie Frebran. 10:00 The King and Queen visit Outokumpu Ironworks in Degerfors. 11:00 The King and Queen visit Björkborn Manor. 12:00 The King and Queen arrive at Loka Brunn. 12:30 Lunch at the Grand Society House, Loka Brunn. 14:45 The King and Queen arrive at Grimsö Research Station. 16:30 The King and Queen arrive at Örebro. 16:55 The King gives a speech at Stortorget in Örebro. The day in Örebro County concludes with dinner hosted by the County Governor at the County Governor's official residence, Örebro 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.