On Thursday 10 and Friday 11 October, The Crown Princess visited Iceland and the Arctic Circle conference.
The Crown Princess began her visit at Iceland's Marine Research Institute, which has been tasked by the Icelandic Government with monitoring the development of all life in the sea and providing advice on preserving marine resources.
At the Swedish Residence in Reykjavik, The Crown Princess met employees from the Swedish Embassy and Ambassador Håkan Juholt. The Crown Princess learnt about current issues that the Embassy is working with.
Arctic Circle is the largest international Arctic conference, drawing more than 2,000 participants from 60 different countries. The conference is held each year, and includes representatives from governments, organisations, businesses, universities, think tanks and citizens affected by the issues discussed.
Following a meeting with the conference's chairman Ólafur Ragnar Grimson (President of Iceland from 1996 to 2016), The Crown Princess gave a speech to the attendees:
"I believe that we in the Nordic family – Iceland, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden – are in an excellent position to contribute with the best of our knowledge, ideas and new solutions. It is my hope that the Nordic countries together can be a driving force for sustainable and peaceful development in the Arctic region."
Read the full speech here.
In the afternoon, The Crown Princess listened to talks held in connection with the conference.