Sveriges Kungahus

Skåne, at the heart of the world

By County Governor Margareta Pålsson
In 1881, Carlos Zoéga — a merchant of Italian descent — opened a coffee shop in Landskrona. Before coming to Landskrona, Carlos had lived in Brazil. Five years later the business was moved to Helsingborg, where the family founded Helsingborgs Patent-Kaffe-Ångbränneri.
 
In 1918, the coffee that is now known as Skåne Roast was first blended.
 
Today's Skåne is home to around 1.5 million people from more than 170 different countries. Diversity is an important factor for Skåne's attraction. An attractive society is made up of people from different cultures and with different lifestyles.
 
When new Scanians arrive in our county, one important task for our 33 municipalities is to help them by providing a fast, effective introduction. I am proud at how well the state, the municipalities, educational institutions and the voluntary sector work together to achieve this. Today, Skåne is at the forefront of integration work, at national, Nordic and European levels.
 
Twenty years after the first cup of Skåne Roast was blended, a thirty-year-old Herbert Felix fled from Nazi persecution in Czechoslovakia. He came to Skåne where, after the war, he built up a pickling industry. He brought with him expertise from his family's business in Znojmo, and in 1951 the classic Boston gherkin was launched.
 
Zoéga and Felix are fantastic historical examples of the positive effects of migration on Skåne. During The King and Queen's visit in April, I look forward to sharing details of modern-day integration work in Skåne, which will no doubt contribute towards the success stories of the future.