The King holds audiences with new county governors

The King with the newly appointed County Governor of Norrbotten, Lotta Finstorp.

The King with the newly appointed County Governor of Norrbotten, Lotta Finstorp. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

On Tuesday 15 and Friday 18 June, The King held audiences with the county governors of Norrbotten County and Jämtland County in Princess Sibylla's Apartments at the Royal Palace.

On the Tuesday, The King held an audience with Lotta Finstorp, County Governor of Norrbotten since 1 February 2021. She has previously served as a Member of Parliament and Second Vice Chair of the Cultural Committee. Before that, Ms Finstorp had been Opposition Commissioner in Region Sörmland, Commissioner of the Executive Board of Region Sörmland and Chair of the Municipal Executive Board in Flen.

On Friday 18 June, The King held an audience at the Royal Palace with Marita Ljung, County Governor of Jämtland.

On Friday 18 June, The King held an audience at the Royal Palace with Marita Ljung, County Governor of Jämtland. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

On the Friday, The King held an audience with Marita Ljung, County Governor of Jämtland since 1 April 2021. She was appointed State Secretary at the Ministry of Enterprise in the 2010 parliamentary election. From 2011 to 2014, Ms Ljung was State Secretary for Minister Annie Lööf. In 2014, Ms Ljung returned to Swedbank where she had previously been a regional manager. In 2019, Ms Ljung became Head of Business at Almi Företagspartner in Mälardalen, Västmanland.

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.