Crown Princess Victoria opens the Baltic Sea Science Center
Today, Crown Princess Victoria officially opened the Baltic Sea Science Center in Skansen and she was joined by the Chief of Defense John Brattmyhr and Björn Carlson from the BalticSea2020 foundation. This new centre aims to improve knowledge of the Baltic Sea. The centre was designed in consultation with a knowledge council consisting of representatives from Stockholm University, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Stockholm Water and Waste and the BalticSea2020 foundation.
The visitors can go under the surface and explore the Baltic Sea in the large aquariums. The aquariums allow the visitors to discover the different underwater environments. There is also an interactive exhibition called ‘Along the Coast’ aims to show the relationship between people and the sea and how they affect each other. In the same perspective, a part of the building is focused on showing the visitors how their own choices and those made by other people affect the future of the Baltic Sea. Finally, The Education Pavilion has classrooms, a laboratory and a film room.
During her visit, Crown Princess Victoria was shown around several of the aquariums including the brewery aquarium, the pike aquarium, the predatory aquarium, the cylinder aquarium and the habitat aquariums. She then visited the ‘Along the Coast’ exhibition and the laboratory where she met with high school students.
The opening ceremony took place on the center’s terrace where Crown Princess Victoria made a speech. She said: “This knowledge center is about the Baltic Sea; about life under the surface of our unique inland sea. But basically, it is just as much about ourselves: about our history, our future and our responsibility for an environment that we are completely dependent on. Just as we are dependent on the Baltic Sea, the Baltic Sea is dependent on us.”
Crown Princess Victoria has been involved in the defense of the Baltic Sea for several years now. Growing up in Sweden, the Crown Princess has talked fondly about her memories of summers along the Baltic, in Öland, and both her parents have spoken about the importance of keeping the Baltic clean for the future generations. Her commitment to the sustainability efforts around the world, not only the Baltic, were recognized by the UN General Secretary in 2016 who named her as one of 16 Advocates for the UN Sustainable Development Goals.