On Sunday 30 November, The King and The Crown Princess opened the Norra Länken in Stockholm, Northern Europe's biggest road tunnel project.
Before the opening ceremony, The King and The Crown Princess had the opportunity to visit the tunnel and to see some of the artworks in the tunnel together with the artists Mattias Klum, Pål Svensson and Ann-Margret Fyregård. After lunch at Haga, the opening ceremony began at Tinghusslätten. Following speeches by Finance Commissioner Karin Wanngård, Director General of the Swedish Transport Administration Gunnar Malm and Minister for Infrastructure Anna Johansson, The King gave a speech in which he said: "Many Stockholmers and visitors appreciate the whole of the Royal National City Park and use it for recreation. The link now joins up the different sections of the park, making it easier for people in the city to access green spaces."
The King then opened the Norra Länken by pushing a button to open the barriers at the tunnel entrances, releasing the traffic.
The Norra Länken runs between Tomteboda and Värtahamnen, and connects to both the E4 and the E18. The Norra Länken is essential to the construction of the new districts of Hagastaden and Norra Djurgårdsstaden, leading traffic through tunnels from Sweden's largest harbours for cargo and passengers to and from the Baltic States, Finland and Russia.
Find out more about the Norra Länken here.