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Sweden

Prince Carl Philip visits Gotland

Prince Carl Philip
Kungahuset You Tube still/ fair use

The Swedish royals have been travelling around Sweden to learn more about how the nation has handled the COVID-19 pandemic. Last Thursday, Prince Carl Philip visited Gotland County to draw attention to efforts in connection with the global health emergency. The Prince’s visit took place in Visby with Governor Anders Flanking as host.

Prince Carl Philip began the visit in the governor’s residence where representatives of the County Administrative Board of Gotland County spoke to him about how the county was affected by the pandemic, what the situation looks like today and the way forward. Afterwards, Prince Carl Philip visited Visby Hospital to meet staff and get a tour of the infection ward and emergency room.

During lunch, which took place at the restaurant Bror-san in central Visby, the Prince met the restaurateur who had the opportunity to tell about how the pandemic impacted him and the restaurant industry on the island. The lunch was also attended by representatives from Region Gotland, the business and hospitality industry and the county administrative board.

The afternoon began with a visit to Wisby gymnasium. There, Prince Carl Philip talked to staff and students at the school about lessons they learned during the pandemic. The Prince was also shown a monument to the pandemic created by students.

Carl Philip later travelled to the company Segerberg Media together with representatives from the Gotland Region to talk about how the pandemic has affected business, the labour market and adult education. During the pandemic, Segerberg Media has produced films, speeches, services and more for customers.

The Prince also had the opportunity to visit one of the city’s medieval ruins, Drotten, for a short tour with representatives from Region Gotland. Finally, he returned to the governor’s residence to meet representatives of different firms and organisations who spoke about how the pandemic has affected cultural life. Among other things, the Prince received information about how the Medieval Week festival in 2020 was arranged in a completely digital format and this year with both digital and in-person events in Visby.

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Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written five books on historical subjects and more than 700 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.