On Thursday 16 January, The King held an audience at the Royal Palace with Georg Andrén, the new County Governor of Värmland County.
Georg Andrén was appointed County Governor of Värmland County on 9 December 2019. He was previously Secretary General at Diakonia. Between 2014 and 2017 he served as Sweden's ambassador in Guatemala City, and has previously held management positions at Sida, the Central Bank of Sweden and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Sweden consists of 21 counties. Each county has a county administrative board, headed by a county governor. The county governor is appointed by the Government.
As a state authority, the county administrative board ensures that the decisions made by the Riksdag and the Swedish Government are implemented within the county. The role of the county administrative board is to promote the development of the county and to inform the Swedish Government of significant events.
The county administrative boards were established when Axel Oxenstierna reformed the Swedish state administration in 1634.