| 21.09.2023

The Swedish Crown Princess and Prince Daniel visited Hanken School of Economics

Rektor Ingmar Björkman, Kronprinsessan Victoria, Prins Daniel och Camilla Wardi, Chef för näringslivsrelationer och samverkanrdi,
Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel visited Hanken School of Economics on Thursday 21 September. The programme included a tour of Hanken's building in Helsinki and a joint lunch with Hanken students.

"We are very pleased and honoured that Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel came to Hanken and met our students," says Hanken's Rector Ingmar Björkman.

Kronprinsessan Victoria och Prins Daniel
Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel meets students at Hanken.

An increasing number of Swedish students have chosen to study at Hanken. This autumn, 21 students with Swedish citizenship began their studies at the university. Margarethe Böhme Nyström from Sweden is in her second year at Hanken and attended the lunch with The Crown Princess Couple.

"It was exciting to talk to the Crown Princess about my experiences as a Swede in Finland and at Hanken. The Crown Princess seemed very interested in hearing what it has been like and why we Swedes choose to come to Finland to study.”

Böhme Nyström says that the visit gives great visibility to the School and legitimises the work she and many others have done to make Hanken visible in Sweden.

Ville Ruokonen, president of the Hanken Student Union, who also attended the lunch, agrees.

“The fact that Sweden and the leaders of Sweden are interested in Hanken is very nice. The Crown Princess said that whenever she visits Finland, she feels a strong sense of fellowship.”

Ville Ruokonen och Margarethe Böhme Nyström intervjuas av Yle
Ville Ruokonen and Margarethe Böhme Nyström are interviewed by Yle about today's royal visit.

Both Ruokonen and Böhme Nyström thought that it was very exciting to be part of the visit.

"It hasn't exactly been a normal Thursday and I was a little nervous at first, but the Crown Princess is very relaxed and attentive to everyone," says Ruokonen.

"It was a really wonderful visit for Hanken and it's great to have been part of it," says Böhme Nyström.

Text: Jessica Gustafsson
Photo: Niklas Günsberg (pictures of the Crown Princess Couple) and Jessica Gustafsson (picture of the students)

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