King Carl Gustaf Interview With Värvet Podcast

King Carl XVI Gustaf gave an interview with Kristoffer Triumf which aired on Monday, 26 April 2021, for Värvet podcast, ahead of his 75th Birthday.

Värvet’s Kristoffer Triumf interviews in his former playroom at the Royal Palace. Photo: Sara Friberg, The Royal Court of Sweden

During the interview, the King talks about his mission, his thoughts on the coronavirus pandemic and its consequences, and hope for the future.

He also discusses topics close to his heart including the Swedish forest.

Kristoffer Triumf interviews King Carl Gustaf in his former playroom, now a dining room, in Princess Sibylla’s apartment at the Royal Palace the week before.

The Royal Court of Sweden provided an excerpt on social media, focusing on forestry.

Source: The Royal Court of Sweden

English Translation

Kristoffer Triumf: Does the King have a favourite forest?

King Carl Gustaf: What is a favourite forest – it is not so easy to answer …
One should still-when you ask, maybe take it-as fast comes up in the head – something I think of, yet not why – which I think is wonderful – is a tall pine forest, on sandy-ground, with a little heather and dry-pine needles, a summer day.

It is very dry, warm and soft – it has a special scent.

No real production forest.

As a forest owner, it may not be a horse, but as an experience forest, it is something to walk in a church, a cathedral.

It’s a great atmosphere.

Listen to the Whole Interview (in Swedish)

Kristoffer Triumf asks King Carl Gustaf whether he has a favourite

Source: The Royal Court of Sweden

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We are excited to announce the launch of ‘Travalyst’, a global initiative striving to change the impact of tourism, for good. Partnering alongside key travel industry giants @Bookingcom, #Ctrip, @Skyscanner, @TripAdvisor and @Visa_US, our aim is to spark a movement to transform the future of travel, putting communities at the heart of the solution. We believe in the power and importance of travel. We also have a shared responsibility to our planet and to each other. • “I want to start with a little bit of background as to specifically why I’m here today, because as you may know, I am not a tourism or business expert, but through my travels I have observed the unique relationship between community and environment, and have noticed something alarming. There wasn’t the symbiosis or connection there needed to be and I wanted to understand why. I am one of those people fortunate enough to have a platform and I want to use it to tackle hard problems, in the hope of finding solutions…and that’s how Travalyst was born” – The Duke of Sussex The name #Travalyst comes from The Duke and partners viewing our role in sustainable travel as catalysts to accelerate positive changes in travel. Travel + catalyst = Travalyst #Travalyst aims to make travel more sustainable, to help protect destinations and benefit communities long into the future, and to enable consumers to make more environmental friendly choices whilst traveling. The Duke of Sussex, having invited the founding partners to start the conversation, believes that the organisations – with operations in nearly every country, hundreds of millions of customers that use their products every day, and business relationships around the world – have sufficient influence and the critical mass necessary to catalyse real system change in the travel industry, for the benefit of destinations, communities and ecosystems. To discover more about the new initiative, visit

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