On Friday 10 July, The King presented the Solliden Award to entrepreneur Gillis Dahlström. The award was presented during a ceremony at Solliden Palace on Öland. The Queen also attended the ceremony.
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 Gillis Dahlström for the following reasons:
"This year's winner is an entrepreneur who has taken classic culinary art to new levels. Firmly rooted in the traditions of the island and based on his own recipes, he has built up a growing business over the course of the last decade around the national dishes of Öland. During the extraordinary spring of 2020, Arontorp potato dumplings have found their way onto customers' plates with great creativity."
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
2019 – Pav Johnsson, nature expert