The King and Queen hold a digital meeting with the Swedish Civil Defence League

The King and Queen during a video meeting with Georgios Kontorinis and Tomas Warberg from the Swedish Civil Defence League.

The King and Queen during a video meeting with Georgios Kontorinis and Tomas Warberg from the Swedish Civil Defence League. Photo: The Royal Court of Sweden

On Wednesday 24 March, The King and Queen held a digital meeting with representatives from the Swedish Civil Defence League.

Chairman Georgios Kontorinis and Secretary-General Tomas Warberg took part in the meeting.

During the meeting, Mr Kontorinis and Mr Warberg spoke about the Swedish Civil Defence League's work during the Covid-19 pandemic. The King and Queen also heard about the League's role and organisation, and its coordination responsibility during the pandemic for Sweden's 18 voluntary defence organisations.

The Swedish Civil Defence League

The Swedish Civil Defence League is a non-profit voluntary defence organisation that has been tasked with informing and educating the general public about dealing with various crisis situations, such as outdoor emergencies, prolonged power cuts, contaminated drinking water or extended isolation.

In late March 2020, the League was given responsibility for coordinating the 18 civil defence organisations during the pandemic. This coordination relates to the work of volunteers to alleviate the pandemic's impact on society. The League's coordination responsibility has resulted in initiatives for particularly vulnerable people in more than half of all Swedish municipalities.

The Royal Family and the Covid-19 pandemic

The Royal Family are keen to show their support for the initiatives being carried out by society to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Royal Family are staying informed about how the pandemic is affecting Sweden via discussions, digital meetings and visits.

These visits are planned based on current recommendations, and every effort is being made not to take up time and resources unnecessarily.