The King and Queen congratulate the Öland Inhabitant of the Year

The King and Queen with entrepreneur Gillis Dahlström, this year's Öland Inhabitant of the Year, at Solliden Palace.

The King and Queen with entrepreneur Gillis Dahlström, this year's Öland Inhabitant of the Year, at Solliden Palace. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

On Friday 10 July, The King presented the Solliden Award to entrepreneur Gillis Dahlström. The award was presented during a ceremony at Solliden Palace on Öland. The Queen also attended the ceremony.

The Solliden Award is presented to "an individual who has made a remarkable contribution or performance within a specialist field, or who has taken actions or initiatives that promote the interests and development of the island, or who has made long-term efforts for the benefit of Öland".

This year's Solliden Award was presented to Gillis Dahlström for the following reasons:

"This year's winner is an entrepreneur who has taken classic culinary art to new levels. Firmly rooted in the traditions of the island and based on his own recipes, he has built up a growing business over the course of the last decade around the national dishes of Öland. During the extraordinary spring of 2020, Arontorp potato dumplings have found their way onto customers' plates with great creativity."

About the Solliden Award

The Solliden Award in recognition of the Öland Inhabitant of the Year was first presented in 1980 to Anna Rydstedt. The King was awarded the prize in 1996. The prize is awarded by Barometern and Radio Sweden.

The most recent winners are:

2010 – Anna Barkevall, CEO

2011 – Anne Vilks, cultural manager

2012 – Lars Trofast, musician

2013 – Per Hallberg, sound technician

2014 – Arne Svensson, athlete

2015 – Kim Nilsson, floorball player

2016 – Hanna Karlsson, farmer

2017 – Dave Karlsson, entomologist

2018 – Crown Princess Victoria

2019 – Pav Johnsson, nature expert