His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway has spent the day in Trøndelag in central Norway. Here the Crown Prince has participated in two different events in Steinkjer and Trondheim, respectively.
Crown Prince Haakon officially opened the seminar “Folk Først” (English: The People First), in Steinkjer. The annual conference began in 2015 and is aimed at people who work in public and private sectors with children, youth and problems associated with families and individuals in different problematic situations. The seminar held in Steinkjer City Hall and will conclude tomorrow afternoon. A total of 342 people attended the conference.
The Crown Prince was received and welcomed by the County Governor of Nord-Trøndelag, Inge Ryan. He said he was glad that Crown Prince Haakon had the opportunity to attend the seminar. Additionally, he was very pleased that Norway had such an impressive Crown Prince and such a great royal family who dared to go in front of a critical standpoint.
The Crown Prince’s speech began when he recounted some of his experiences from a visit he and Crown Princess Mette-Marit had last week to a centre that takes care of people with criminal backgrounds and who struggle with drug addiction. “Seminars as “Folk Først” puts the people at the centre,” said the Crown Prince.
“Being present in somebody else’s life when they have a difficult time is not always easy; therefore, we need conferences such as these. Here we can learn from each other and gather inspiration,” said Crown Prince Haakon to the assembly. His Royal Highness received a standing ovation for his introductory speech. When the Crown Prince had finished, the next speaker stated, “Now everything wise has already been said.”
Crown Prince Haakon was present during several of the presentations at the seminar before he went on to Trondheim. There, His Royal Highness was a spectator at the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup.