King opens Sweden's first marine national park

Kungen invigningstalar vid Kosterhavets nationalpark. Foto: Björn Larsson Rosvall, Scanpix.

The King making the opening speech at Kosterhavet National Park. Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall, Scanpix.

On Wednesday 9 September, The King visited Nordkoster to open Kosterhavet National Park.
In his opening speech, The King said, "Sweden gained its first national parks a hundred years ago. Today I am delighted to be able to open Sweden's first marine national park."

The King also pointed out that “KosterhavetNational Park is unique in that there are many people living here who are completely surrounded by the park. This places considerable demands in terms of managing the park. People should be able to live in harmony with nature, to live on what nature has to offer, including fish and shellfish as well as recreational activities and tourism. The national park will be a symbol of preservation and development working in harmony together."

There are over 6,000 different forms of marine life and algae at Kosterhavet. The national park is situated in northern Bohuslän, and can be reached from several coastal areas.

Kosterhavet National Park is one of the country's largest national parks, and it stretches from the Norwegian border in the north to the waters outside Grebbestad in the south.

The park is home to Sweden's only coral reef.

Kungen får blommor av en flicka på Kosteröarna. Foto: Björn Larsson Rosvall, Scanpix.

A little girl presents The King with flowers on the Koster Islands. Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall, Scanpix.