Costs and Finances of the Swedish Royal Family


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The Royal Court has published its Annual Report 2023
At the report amounts of money to the members of the Royal Family are
The King and Queen: SEK 8 486 000 * (2022 SEK 8 152 000)
The Crown Princess Couple: SEK 4 774 000 * (2022 SEK 4 586 000)
Prince Carl Philip and princess Sofia: 1 167 000 * (2022 SEK 1 121 000)
Total SEK 14 427 000 * (2022 SEK 13 859 000)
The sums include:
- part of costs for accommodation at royal residences, including certain services in the household,
- part of car and transport costs,
- certain security costs,
- clothing for public representation,
- other private costs.
2023 Verksamhetsberättelse
 
The Royal Palace canceled the popular "Open Palace" celebration on National Day.
Usually, someone from the royal family welcomes visitors to the Palace by opening the Palace gates on the morning of National Day. Several thousand visitors usually have coffee, look at exhibitions and royal salons.
Margareta Thorgren: "The Royal Palace is open to visitors 7 days a week, all year round. On National Day, the Palace usually also opens the gates to the Inner Courtyard, unfortunately this does not happen this year because the Palace Administration has a savings requirement to balance the economy after, among others, the pandemic and high inflation. Our goal is to have the Inner Courtyard open on National Day next year. But the public parts of the Palace are open just like other days."
The Marshal of the Realm Fredrik Wersäll announced in December that the Royal House must save SEK 20-25 million because the costs have risen more than the apanage.
This also means that several royal castles are closed from the visitors this summer: Rosersberg Palace, Rosendal Palace, Gustav III's Pavilion and Strömsholm Palace. And the Royal Stables, the Royal Chapel and and Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities. Work is concentrated on the destinations that have the highest visitor numbers.

 
So, opening the palaces costs more than keeping them closed? I thought typically the revenue was used towards the upkeep of the palaces. Or is the upkeep not part of the royal budget? Or is the number of visitors so low?
 
So, opening the palaces costs more than keeping them closed? I thought typically the revenue was used towards the upkeep of the palaces. Or is the upkeep not part of the royal budget? Or is the number of visitors so low?

Visitors in 2023
Rosersberg Palace 3125
Rosendal Palace 1930
Gustav III's Pavilion 1007
Strömsholm Palace 6870
The Royal Stables 4766
The Royal Chapel 178686 (in 2019 406367)
Visitors Screenshot The Annual Report 2023
 
So like many attractions the numbers haven't recovered post Covid (the Royal Palaces here in the UK are the same, or certainly were) and some of the palaces / places aren't getting many visitors so I can see why from a costs point of view it makes sense to keep those closed - opening for a couple of thousand visitors must take lower priority than opening for tens or hundreds of thousands of visitors.
I guess with costs going up its a case of what can you do with the same - or less - funding and that ultimately means doing less.
 
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