On Thursday 11 July, The King presented the Solliden Award to nature expert Pav Johnsson. The award was presented during a ceremony at Solliden Palace on Öland, which was also attended by The Queen and The Crown Princess.
The Solliden Award is presented to "an individual who has made a remarkable contribution or performance within a specialist field, or who has taken actions or initiatives that promote the interests and development of the island, or who has made long-term efforts for the benefit of Öland".
This year's Solliden Award was presented to Pav Johnsson for the following reasons:
"This year's winner is a passionate educator with in-depth knowledge about Öland's birds and nature. He generously shares this knowledge with others whenever he gets the chance. His action have an impact in classrooms, at community centres and in his beloved nature, and via radio, TV and books as he reaches an audience far beyond the local landscape. This year's Öland Inhabitant of the Year is proud nature geek Pav Johnsson."
The Solliden Award in recognition of the Öland Inhabitant of the Year was first presented in 1980 to Anna Rydstedt. The King was awarded the prize in 1996. The prize is awarded by Barometern and Radio Sweden.
The most recent winners are:
2010 – Anna Barkevall, CEO
2011 – Anne Vilks, cultural manager
2012 – Lars Trofast, musician
2013 – Per Hallberg, sound technician
2014 – Arne Svensson, athlete
2015 – Kim Nilsson, floorball player
2016 – Hanna Karlsson, farmer
2017 – Dave Karlsson, entomologist
2018 – Crown Princess Victoria