On Tuesday 12 October, Prince Carl Philip visited Östergötland County to highlight initiatives being carried out in connection with the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Prince's visit took place in Linköping and Norrköping, and was hosted by County Governor Carl Fredrik Graf and Mrs Anette Graf.
Prince Carl Philip began the day at Linköping Castle, where the County Governor and representatives from local industry described how the pandemic has affected operations within the county. The visit to Linköping Castle concluded with the Swedish National Pensioners' Organisation talking about how the pandemic has affected the situation of older people.
Prince Carl Philip then visited Linköping City Mission. There, The Prince learnt about the support provided by the organisation to people in need in Linköping during the pandemic. The City Mission described how they have received more calls about violence during the pandemic, and have therefore opened a helpline and a support chat function which is available round the clock. The discussion also included representatives from the Church of Sweden, who spoke about their work.
After lunch, Prince Carl Philip visited Linköping University Hospital. Here, The Prince had the opportunity to visit the intensive care department and speak with staff.
Prince Carl Philip then travelled to Norrköping. The visit to Norrköping began at Visualization Center C, a meeting place for research, industry, the general public and schools who want to communicate facts, knowledge and experiences.
The Prince then saw a presentation of the company Interspectral, which has created interactive educational material about SARS‐CoV‐2. The material familiarises users with both the virus particle and its effects on an infected patient in four stages. The material has been used by customers in locations including Singapore, Canada and Europe.
The Prince was also given a presentation of the company Voysys, which has created technology for virtual doctor's visits.
The Prince concluded his visit at Norrköping City Museum, where he learnt about how culture in the city has addressed the pandemic. In conclusion, The Prince was given a guided tour of the current exhibition 'Collaborators and Resistance: Nazism in Norrköping, then and now'.
In connection with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, members of the Royal Family will be visiting Sweden's 21 counties at the initiative of HM The King.
The first four visits took place in autumn 2020, but subsequent visits were postponed until autumn 2021 due to the second wave of the pandemic.
Through these visits, The King hopes to show the Royal Family's solidarity with those who have been affected and to highlight local initiatives within different sectors of society.
The following future visits to Sweden's counties have been planned:
Find out more about previous visits:
All visits will be adapted in view of the ongoing pandemic, and will be carried out in accordance with the Public Health Agency of Sweden's recommendations.