Organisation - Världsarvet Grimeton Radiostation
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Organisation

World Heritage Grimeton Radio Station is since 2003 managed by a foundation constituted by TeliaSonera, the Swedish government through the County Administrative Board of Halland and Varberg Municipality as founders. The main purpose of the foundation is to maintain, preserve and make the site, including the cultural and industrial history, environments, equipment and technical items, available to scientific research and the public.

The foundation shall also organize exhibitions, shows, seminars, and other related activities to promote scientific research on Swedish radio communications and history, as well as strengthening the public interest for the area. The foundation shall also operate the plant regarding the broadcasting of a number of customers. The foundation has no public funding and is financed through rental from the broadcasting customers. The public business is operated economically through a wholly-owned company, World Heritage Grimeton AB.

The foundation board consists of three members and three alternates. The founder, Varberg Municipality and the County Administrative Board of Halland each designate one member and one alternate.

To take care of the radio station, the foundation works closely with Society Alexander GVV.

UNESCO and World Heritage Sites

Sweden ratified the Convention in 1985 and has thus accepted mandatory compliance with the directives and recommendations of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention. Like all the other countries that have also ratified the Convention, every state party can nominate objects to the World Heritage List.

As of 2016 the World Heritage List included 1031 properties distributed over 163 countries. Of these, 802 were cultural, 197 natural and 32 combined cultural and natural heritage sites. That the pyramids of Egypt, the Taj Mahal in India and Greek Mycenae are on the list along with the latest World Heritage site in Sweden, the Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland, entails no appraisal of the sites’ relative values. It only reflects the respective government’s assessment of the object’s significance.

World Heritage sites are places, buildings or monuments that UNESCO considers have such great importance that they are indispensable for humanity. Through the sites importance, countries that have ratified the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, commonly known as the World Heritage Convention, have committed to give these sites a particularly strong protection. The Convention was adopted in 1972 and the first World Heritage sites, as well as natural heritage, were put on the list in 1978. The complete world heritage list is found on the UNESCO website.

The society Alexander GVV

The society Alexander GVV was founded in 1996 by earlier employees at the radio station and by persons interested in industry and culture history in order to keep and bring to life the old technique. In study circles and working groups personal ability to attend and run transmitters and machinery is being developed and passed on to others. During summer the station is shown to the public.