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Crown Princess Mette-Marit to promote Norwegian literature abroad

The Norwegian royal court announced today that Her Royal Highness Crown PrincessMette-Marit of Norway will have a very special job for the next few years. The Crown Princess has been given the job of promoting Norwegian literature abroad. This implies that the Crown Princess will receive a number of new tasks and will travel around the world to promote Norwegian writers and their books.

Norwegian literature has been very popular abroad the recent decades, and in 2019 Norway is the honorary guest at the International Book Fair in Frankfurt. The Crown Princess will also have a special role in Norway’s participation in the Book Fair in 2019. The Crown Princess said “I am proud and pleased to be able to embark on the work as ambassador for Norwegian literature on the road to Frankfurt in 2019. As we all know, Norwegian literature has found a central place in international bookshelves the recent years.”

Crown Princess flanked by King Harald and Queen Sonja. On her way to a meeting on Norwegian literature during the state visit from Iceland last month. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen

The Frankfurt Book Fair is the world’s largest and most important book event. The fair has around 300,000 visitors each year. The Crown Princess’s new job, will not end in 2019. The Royal Court stated that the Crown Princess’s contribution to Norwegian literature will continue after 2019.

The Crown Princess has for many years shown a great personal commitment to literature and the importance of reading. On Wednesday, the Crown Princess held a speech where she said, “What had England been without Shakespeare? What had Germany been without Goethe? What had Norway been without Ibsen? That way we could have gone through country by country, in all continents. Not to dwell on the old masters, but to make it clear that literature forms our identity.”

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