On Wednesday 25 September, The King attended the Norden Association's centenary celebrations in Strömstad and Uddevalla.
The Norden Association in Sweden was founded in 1919, and is a non-profit association that works to increase cooperation between inhabitants, associations, businesses, municipalities and states within the Nordic Region. Its operations focus on education, language, culture, history and social development.
The centenary celebrations began with The King being welcomed to Strömstad by representatives from the Norden Association, Strömstad Municipality, the Svinesund Region and the Svinesund Committee. They then went on board the Veslø together, where participants listened during a trip to five presentations about the nature, industry and future challenges of Skagerack, as well as local cooperation.
Back at the harbour, the day continued at Skagerack Cultural Centre. There, The King gave a speech in which he said:
"The Nordic community is strong, and is based on a long history. However, in order for it to remain alive it must be maintained and developed.
"Here, the Norden Association makes invaluable efforts to spread knowledge, develop friendships and facilitate cooperation."
Representatives from the Norden Association then spoke about the association's history and its cross-border cooperation with Norway within the Svinesund Region. The Color Line shipping company was also in attendance, and spoke about its new hybrid ferry that traffics the route between Strömstad and Sandefjord.
The day concluded in Uddevalla, where representatives from Uddevalla Municipality spoke about their plans to move the harbour from the town centre, bringing it closer to the shipping lane. Finally, The King learnt about the Norden Association in Uddevalla and its town twinning work around the world.
Find out more about the Norden Association here.