The Crown Princess Couple visit Norrbotten
On Wednesday 3 November, the Crown Princess Couple began their first joint visit to Norrbotten by travelling to Kaunisvaara People’s House in Pajala. There, they learnt about the planned mining facility in Pajala. They then visited Sahavaara Mine, the future site of the mining facility.
In the evening, they dined at the Samernas restaurant at Viddernas Hus in Jokkmokk.
Day two began with a visit to Áttje, the Swedish Mountain and Sami Museum, in Jokkmokk. The Crown Princess opened the exhibition ‘Voices from Laponia’, which is about Laponia one of Sweden’s 14 World Heritage sites. The exhibition provides a glimpse of the unique nature and the thousands of years of Sami culture that are the basis of the World Heritage designation.
The Crown Princess Couple then travelled to Harads near Boden, where they visited Treehotel, a hotel amid the treetops where the rooms are between four and seven metres above the ground. Both couples were heavily wrapped up, hidding from the cold weather.
In Boden, The Crown Princess Couple visited Skaparkraft, a cultural project for young asylum seekers. Through music, theatre, sound and landscape art, the project aims to give immigrant children and the disabled their own voice, and to boost their self-esteem. The project is run by Norrbotten Handicapped Sports Association.
The Crown Princess Couple then travelled to Luleå, where they visited Hertsö School’s sports association. The association offers active and healthy leisure activities for children and young people at the end of the school day, in the form of spontaneous sport and free activities.
In the evening, the County Governor Per-Ola Eriksson and his wife Lena hosted a dinner at the governor’s official residence in Luleå.
Day three, November 5th, saw the couple visit the Swedish Air Forces F 21 Norrbotten Wing and had a look at the JAS 39 Gripen aircraft. The royal couple then went onto visit Teknikens Hus, The House of Technology, Swedens Northern most science center.
What is certainly evident from the pictures we can see on these visits, is a Prince coming into his own and out of his shell.Filed under Swedish Royals
Tagged Crown Princess Victoria, Exhibition, Military, Prince Daniel, Sport.
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