The King opens The Crystal in Kiruna

On Thursday 22 November, The King opened The Crystal, home to Kiruna's new city hall and the Konstmuseet i Norr art museum.

As part of the process of moving the city of Kiruna, a new city hall has been opened. The new city hall was designed by Denmark's Henning Larsen Architects. In addition to premises for Kiruna Municipality, The Crystal also features an art museum, Konstmuseet i Norr.

The King and Minister for Culture and Democracy Alice Bah Kuhnke were welcomed by Chair of the Municipal Council Mattias Timander and Chair of the Municipal Executive Board Kristina Zakrisson.

The ceremony began with the attendees listening to the chiming of the city hall bells.

Music was then performed by the Norrbotten NEO chamber music ensemble.

In his speech, The King said: "This building that we are opening today is exciting not only in terms of its design. It has also been built to meet strict environmental demands. In other words, this is a very modern city hall that will now become a place for the people of Kiruna. A place for meetings, for work, and not least for art and culture!"

The ceremony concluded with music performed by the group Eldstad.

The King visits the Konstmuseet i Norr art museum in The Crystal. Behind The King is Chairman of LKAB Göran Persson and city planner Göran Cars from Kiruna Municipality. Photo: Johan Ylitalo

After the opening ceremony, The King and the other guests were given a tour of The Crystal. This included a visit to the art museum and its inaugural exhibition Transitions, guided by County Art Museum Director Selma Green and Artistic Director Maria Ragnestam.