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The realty of the pandemic on show as Crown Princess Victoria continues tour of Sweden


By Frankie Fouganthin - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wiki Commons

The Swedish royals are on a tour visiting different regions to see how the pandemic has changed the nation. This week, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel visited Örebro.

The couple’s visit took place in Örebro municipality with Governor Maria Larsson as host. The Crown Princess and Prince Daniel began the visit with a meeting at Örebro Castle with representatives from the county administrative board, the region and the business community. Together, they talked about how the pandemic has affected businesses and residents.

Afterwards, the couple visited the vaccination centre in Vivalla. There, care staff told about how they worked to share information about vaccination in several different languages, to be on site in the community and in residential areas and to collaborate with the county administrative board. The Crown Princess and Prince Daniel also heard about work with care hygiene, as well as conversations with employees from the “mobile team” who go home to patients and provide care.

Representatives from the Örebro County Region also spoke about the work of sampling Covid-19. With the aim of streamlining sampling, residents can, for example, pick up test kits in boxes outside health centres, without making an appointment.

The Crown Princess and Prince Daniel visited Behrn Arena for lunch and moremeetings. There they had conversations with representatives from Örebro hockey, the Swedish Sports Confederation and the SISU sports educators, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Lerbäck’s theater and Spångberg’s choir who told about how the pandemic affected sports, culture and associations.

The afternoon began with the couple visiting the City Mission’s food centre. In collaboration with grocery stores in Örebro, the business collect food waste, which is then distributed as food bags to the needy. During the visit, they heard that the demand for these food bags increased greatly during the pandemic.

The day ended with a visit to Tullängsgymnasiet, which is a national high school for the deaf. There, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel met employees and students who told them about what it was like to have distance education during the pandemic.

About author

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.