On Thursday 18 December, the King was in Sundsvall to inaugurate the E4 Sundsvall Bridge.
The visit to Sundsvall commenced with a luncheon and a seminar, "A New Road – 1000 opportunities", at which speakers from the municipality, the business community, the Government, the county administration and the Swedish Transport Administration highlighted the potential the new E4 route provides for Sundsvall City, for the region, and for the country as a whole.
The ceremony to inaugurate the bridge began with music from the Viva Vox choir, whereupon the King delivered his speech. In his speech, the King stressed how the new road and bridge creates the opportunity for new encounters and ideas – "Today, a new road opens. For the future, and for new opportunities."
The King inaugurated the bridge by starting a light show and eco-friendly fireworks.
The project is the largest infrastructure project in northern Sweden for many years. The project comprises 20 kilometres of new road, five new interchanges and 33 bridges. The largest bridge is the Sundsvall Bridge, which is expected to relieve the pressure on the centre of Sundsvall by 17,000 vehicles each day.