The Crown Prince Couple of Norway is due to undertake official visits to Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia next month. Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit will visit these Baltic countries from 23-26 April.
Their Royal Highnesses will be in these countries in celebration of their 100th anniversaries. According to the Royal Court of Norway, the Crown Prince Couple’s visit “helps to mark the independence of the three countries in a way that reflects their importance to Norway as Allies and close partners.
“Norway has extensive bilateral cooperation with the Baltic countries as collaborating on EU / EEA issues and further development of integration in the Nordic-Baltic region. Norwegian businesses are significant investors in all three countries, which are also important security policy allies.”
While in each country, Their Royal Highnesses will be welcomed in official welcoming ceremonies, attend official dinners and meet with the Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian leaders. Other events and seminars will take place, but exact details have not yet been announced.
Their trip begins in the Latvian capital of Riga on 23 April. There they will meet Latvian high school students who are taking Norwegian courses as an elective. They will move on to Lithuania the next day and will visit Children’s Line. Children’s Line is “a free anonymous help service where children and young people can contact by phone and the internet,” according to the Royal Court. They will be in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius on the 25th where they will meet Norwegian soldiers who are part of the NATO Force Integration Unit. The Crown Prince Couple’s official visit concludes on 26 April in Estonia. Their Royal Highnesses will participate in a business forum with the Norwegian-Estonian business community. Crown Prince Haakon will also visit EMSL, which is one of the largest volunteer organisations in the country. The visit will then end with a walk through Tallinn’s historic Old Town.