Family gathers for Ölander of the Year Prize Ceremony
On Thursday (11 July) the King, Queen, and Crown Princess Victoria attended the prize ceremony for this year’s Ölander of the Year outside of Solliden Palace in Öland.
Ölander of the Year has been selected by a jury appointed by the Barometer magazine and P4 Kalmar every year since 1980. The jury looks for individuals who have worked on an initiative that helps to promote the island's interests and development. Over the past 40 years the award has been given to sports stars, scientists, farmers, authors, and even royalty!
This year’s recipient is Pav Johnsson, a folk educator and nature enthusiast. Mr. Johnsson studied to recieve a degree in biology with a specialization in ecology- before he began his career as a high school teacher in the Stockholm area. In 1999 he moved to Öland where he began to teach at the Öland Folk High School. It was there his love for teaching adults about the local nature of Öland flourished. Since 1999, he has written a book on the nature of Öland, led nature tours, spoke on radio shows, been featured on television specials, and organized educational trips- all with the focus on educating people about the rich heritage and species that can be found on the island of Öland.
While this award is normally handed out by the King (who received the prize in 1996) and Queen- this year the Crown Princess joined them ceremony. The Crown Princess received the prize from the hands of her father last year. For this ceremony, both the Queen and Crown Princess wore their traditional Öland dress.