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Foundation Spotlight: The Norwegian Crown Prince and Princess’ Foundation

Throughout the month of December, we will be highlighting various foundations and charities of the royals in the spirit of the giving and festive season. Happy Holidays!

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway. Photo: Sølve Sundsbø, The Royal Court.
Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway. Photo: Sølve Sundsbø, The Royal Court.

The Crown Prince and Crown Princess’ Foundation was launched simultaneously with the Crown Prince and Crown Princess’s wedding in 2001, then by the name “The Crown Prince-Couple’s Humanitarian Fund.” Ten years later, it was decided that the Fund should relaunch. This happened on 25 August 2011. Then the name was changed to ”The Norwegian Crown Prince and Princess’ Foundation.” It also made amendments to the original strategy associated with the areas one might support in the future.

During the first ten years the Foundation existed, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess supported a variety of issues, both in Norway and abroad. In Norway, it was a priority to give money to children to ensure that more children could grow up safely and that young asylum seekers could be intrigued in the Norwegian society in a good way. Internationally, The Norwegian Crown Prince and Princess’ Foundation has contributed in a number of countries, including Uganda, Russia, Nicaragua and Bangladesh. The money that has been used abroad have been used to strengthen children’s position in society. The Foundation has also contributed with money to help those who have been abused and the treatment of HIV-positive people.

The Norwegian Crown Prince and Princess' Foundation`s logo.

The Norwegian Crown Prince and Princess’ Foundation`s logo.

After the Foundation was relaunched in 2011, it chose to only focus future work on strengthening the Norwegian youth. The Foundation selected four partner organisations that they should work with. These organisations are VIBRO, an organisation that works to get young people more involved in the society; The other organisations are working to help young people in need of another offer than going to a regular high school. The Foundation also supports Scandinavia’s largest organisation dedicated to inclusion and combat bullying in schools. The fourth organisation they support works to make lectures without a teacher in school better so that students get taught in more the hours they must have a substitute teacher.

There is clear evidence that the Norwegian Crown Prince and Princess’ Foundation is of great benefit to society. In 2014, it was announced in a report that stated that the four projects that the Foundation supports are saving the Norwegian society for costs of 2.7 billion crowns every year. This corresponds to about 256 million British pounds or 319 million US dollars. Besides working with youth through The Norwegian Crown Prince and Princess’ Foundation, the Crown Prince has, the last four years, held a conference for young leaders, “SIKT.”

The Foundation is exclusively meant for a Norwegian purpose, and therefore the website is only in Norwegian. You can read the Norwegian Royal Court’s presentation of the Foundation in English here. Here is also an information brochure.

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