The King holds an audience with Gotland's new County Governor

The King with Anders Flanking, County Governor of Gotland County.

The King with Anders Flanking, County Governor of Gotland County. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

On Thursday 5 September, The King held an audience with Anders Flanking, the new County Governor of Gotland County.

Mr Flanking was appointed County Governor of Gotland County on 1 June 2019. He has previously served as County Director of Kronoberg County Administrative Board, Municipal Commissioner, Member of the Riksdag and Party Secretary. Between 2011 and 2014, he was State Secretary at the Ministry of the Environment.

About Sweden's counties

Sweden consists of 21 counties. Each county has a county administrative board, headed by a county governor. The county governor is appointed by the Government.

As a state authority, the county administrative board ensures that the decisions made by the Riksdag and the Swedish Government are implemented within the county. The role of the county administrative board is to promote the development of the county and to inform the Swedish Government of significant events.

The county administrative boards were established when Axel Oxenstierna reformed the Swedish state administration in 1634.