The King and Queen visit Kalmar County

The King and Queen meet young ice hockey players during their visit to Kalmar County.

The King and Queen meet young ice hockey players during their visit to Kalmar County. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

On Friday 20 August, The King and Queen visited Kalmar County to highlight initiatives being carried out in connection with the Covid-19 pandemic.

The King and Queen were welcomed by County Governor Peter Sandwall who, together with his wife Pernilla Sandwall, was host for the day.

On their way to the first visit of the day, the County Governor and County Director Eva Brynolf described the pandemic situation in the county.

At Solhem, a care home in Mönsterås, The King and Queen were welcomed by Chair of the Municipal Executive Board Anders Johansson. Here, representatives from Region Kalmar spoke about the work being carried out by the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and the county's vaccination centres.

Managers and employees from Solhem then talked about the care home, which opened just before the pandemic in 2020. The home has room for 40 residents, and the building also includes a preschool with the aim of encouraging interactions between children and the elderly. Like many other similar facilities, Solhem has been affected by both the ban on visitors and the Covid-19 pandemic. In Solhem's courtyard, The King and Queen spoke to some of the residents.

The King and Queen greet residents during their visit to the Solhem care home in Mönsterås.

The King and Queen greet residents during their visit to the Solhem care home in Mönsterås. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Children from Solhem's preschool greet The King and Queen during their visit to Mönsterås.

Children from Solhem's preschool greet The King and Queen during their visit to Mönsterås. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

Industry

On their way to the Badholmen restaurant, The King and Queen spoke to Ulrica Bennesved, Regional Manager at the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, who described the business climate in the county and how it has been affected by the pandemic.

At the Badholmen restaurant, The King and Queen were greeted by Andreas Erlandsson, Chair of Oskarshamn Municipal Executive Board. Before lunch, The King and Queen spoke with the restaurant's owner Anmol Rattan about running a business during the pandemic.

During the afternoon, The King and Queen met the following:

  • Inzile, a company which develops fossil-free transport and service solutions, and whose representatives described how the pandemic has affected the industry.
  • The Federation of Swedish Farmers Southeast, which described how the pandemic has affected locally produced food.
  • Vimmerby's Head of Development, who spoke about how the municipality has been affected by the closure of Astrid Lindgren's World.

Post-upper secondary education

At the Nova education centre in Oskarshamn, The King and Queen learnt about the school's operations. Nova is run by Oskarshamn Municipality, and arranges post-upper secondary education in collaboration between academia, industry and the public sector. Linnaeus University's Pro-Vice-Chancellor was also present, and spoke about the university's challenges and solutions in terms of providing education during the pandemic.

The King and Queen on their way to Nova Oskarshamn, together with County Governor Peter Sandwall and head teacher Bengt Karlsson Moberg.

The King and Queen on their way to Nova Oskarshamn, together with County Governor Peter Sandwall and head teacher Bengt Karlsson Moberg. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

Oskarshamn Arena

At Oskarshamn Arena, The King and Queen met Oskarshamn Ice Hockey Club's manager Martin Åkerberg, who presented the club's activities and explained how – like all other sports clubs in Sweden – it has had to adapt its activities in line with the restrictions introduced during the pandemic. He spoke about how cancelling training has affected young people, and the introduction of rapid testing before matches and training sessions. During their visit to the arena, The King and Queen also spoke with young ice hockey players.

The King and Queen at Oskarshamn Arena.

The King and Queen at Oskarshamn Arena. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

The cultural industry

On their way to Kalmar, The King and Queen spoke with Örjan Molander, Director of Kalmar County Museum. He talked about the museum's work during the pandemic and the future of its operations. The King and Queen also watched extracts from the film production '12 municipalities', which the Camerata Nordica chamber orchestra had recorded during the year to reach a digital audience.

Kalmar Cathedral

The visit to Kalmar County concluded at Kalmar Cathedral, where Dean Peter Wänehag explained how the pandemic has affected everyone in society, and spoke about his hopes for the future once the pandemic is over. The King and Queen then listened to choral singing and lit candles.

The King and Queen with Dean Peter Wänehag at Kalmar Cathedral.

The King and Queen with Dean Peter Wänehag at Kalmar Cathedral. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

The Royal Family visit Sweden's counties

In connection with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, members of the Royal Family will be visiting Sweden's 21 counties at the initiative of HM The King.

The first four visits took place in autumn 2020, but subsequent visits were postponed due to the second wave of the pandemic. The visit to Kalmar marked the resumption of visits to Sweden's counties during autumn 2021.

Through these visits, The King hopes to show the Royal Family's solidarity with those who have been affected and to highlight local initiatives within different sectors of society.

The following future visits to Sweden's counties have been planned:

August

  • Tuesday 24 August: The King and Queen will visit Västernorrland County
  • Wednesday 25 August: The Crown Princess Couple will visit Västra Götaland County

September

  • Thursday 2 September: The Crown Princess Couple will visit Västerbotten County
  • Monday 13 September: Prince Carl Philip will visit Blekinge County
  • Wednesday 22 September: The Crown Princess Couple will visit Gävleborg County
  • Thursday 23 September: The King and Queen will visit Uppsala County
  • Monday 27 September: The King and Queen will visit Norrbotten County

October

  • Wednesday 6 October: The Crown Princess Couple will visit Örebro County
  • Thursday 7 October: Prince Carl Philip will visit Gotland County
  • Tuesday 12 October: Prince Carl Philip will visit Östergötland County
  • Thursday 14 October: The King and Queen will visit Jönköping County
  • Friday 15 October: The Crown Princess Couple will visit Kronoberg County
  • Wednesday 20 October: The Crown Princess Couple will visit Skåne County
  • Thursday 28 October: The King and Queen will visit Halland County

November

  • Thursday 11 November: The Crown Princess Couple will visit Dalarna County
  • Monday 29 November: The King and Queen will visit Jämtland County

Find out more about visits in autumn 2020:

All visits will be adapted in view of the ongoing pandemic, and will be carried out in accordance with the Public Health Agency of Sweden's recommendations.