The King attends the Norden Association's centenary celebrations

The King arrives at the Veslø.

The King arrives at the Veslø. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

On Wednesday 25 September, The King attended the Norden Association's centenary celebrations in Strömstad and Uddevalla.

The Norden Association in Sweden was founded in 1919, and is a non-profit association that works to increase cooperation between inhabitants, associations, businesses, municipalities and states within the Nordic Region. Its operations focus on education, language, culture, history and social development.

The centenary celebrations began with The King being welcomed to Strömstad by representatives from the Norden Association, Strömstad Municipality, the Svinesund Region and the Svinesund Committee. They then went on board the Veslø together, where participants listened during a trip to five presentations about the nature, industry and future challenges of Skagerack, as well as local cooperation.

During the boat trip, Kerstin Johannesson from Tjärnö Marine Biology Laboratory showed a claw from one of their lobsters that had shed its shell.

During the boat trip, Kerstin Johannesson from Tjärnö Marine Biology Laboratory showed a claw from one of their lobsters that had shed its shell. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

The King gives a speech at the Norden Association's centenary celebrations.

The King gives a speech at the Norden Association's centenary celebrations. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

Back at the harbour, the day continued at Skagerack Cultural Centre. There, The King gave a speech in which he said:

"The Nordic community is strong, and is based on a long history. However, in order for it to remain alive it must be maintained and developed.

"Here, the Norden Association makes invaluable efforts to spread knowledge, develop friendships and facilitate cooperation."

Skagerrak borders the three Nordic nations of Sweden, Norway and Denmark, and is one of most species-rich areas in the Nordic region.

Skagerrak borders the three Nordic nations of Sweden, Norway and Denmark, and is one of most species-rich areas in the Nordic region. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

Representatives from the Norden Association then spoke about the association's history and its cross-border cooperation with Norway within the Svinesund Region. The Color Line shipping company was also in attendance, and spoke about its new hybrid ferry that traffics the route between Strömstad and Sandefjord.

Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

The day concluded in Uddevalla, where representatives from Uddevalla Municipality spoke about their plans to move the harbour from the town centre, bringing it closer to the shipping lane. Finally, The King learnt about the Norden Association in Uddevalla and its town twinning work around the world.

The Norden Association

  • The association is made up of individuals, organisations, institutions and businesses.
  • The association is organised into local chapters and districts, with a central secretariat based in Stockholm.
  • The association administers the Swedish-Danish Cultural Fund and the Swedish-Icelandic Cooperation Fund.
  • The association has its own members' newsletter, Nordens Tidning, which deals with various Nordic issues from historical and forward-looking perspectives.
  • The association is a politically and religiously independent organisation, and was founded in 1919. The association administers the Biskops-Arnö Nordic folk high school.

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