His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway attended on Thursday a seminar on Nordic cooperation in Oslo. The workshop was organised by The Foundation of Nordic Networks.
The Foundation of Nordic Networks plays an important role in the Nordic countries, and their held networks meet annually to exchange experiences. This year the meeting took place in Oslo, and His Royal Highness The Crown Prince Regent spoke to the assembly. The Crown Prince said: “I believe in the value of bringing people and ideas together. You as foundations have the potential of playing an important role in this work – a key feature of progress and innovation.”
This year’s meeting discusses how foundations in the Nordic countries can help to create an inclusive society, a society that embraces all. The Crown Prince then emphasised the positive role the foundations can play and pointed out how the meeting addresses the key issues our communities face as social exclusion and political extremism.
His Royal Highness also emphasised the need for a varied offer of associations. The Crown Prince said:
“Of course, each foundation is set up with its own purpose. It is in nobody’s interest that all foundations do the same, or the same as the government. The point is that foundations can contribute to a better society for all within its own purpose and priorities. Helping good ideas for social improvement grow and solve problems in the process.”
Crown Prince Haakon is currently acting regent of Norway. His father, King Harald was in the UK, yesterday where he and Queen Elizabeth attended the celebration of the 100th anniversary of The Anglo-Norse society in London.
Queen Sonja was also in London. She should have participated with the Queen and King Harald but got sick. It is nothing serious, and the Royal Court can tell that Queen Sonja happily feels better now. Crown Prince Haakon was acting regent until Friday morning when King Harald came back to Norway.