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King Harald and Queen Sonja arrive in Argentina

His Majesty King Harald and Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway arrived on Sunday afternoon Argentina’s capital of Buenos Aires. The King and Queen came in Argentina after a short holiday by boat. When they landed, representatives of the Argentinean government were represented; leader of the delegation that welcomed the royals was the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jorge Faurie.

After a brief welcome at the pier to Yacht Club Argentino, the King and Queen went on to the hotel where they will stay during the official state visit that begins tomorrow. At the hotel, a small group of Norwegians were waiting to welcome the royal couple. Siblings Anton (12) and Abril (9) were delighted to hand over flowers to King Harald and Queen Sonja.

The King and Queen will be welcomed in an official ceremony at the Argentinian Presidential Palace, Casa Rosada, when they arrive. King Harald will lay a wreath at the National Monument in Buenos Aires. They will also participate in a series of event to promote cultural and economic cooperation between Argentina and Norway. One of the specific things they will do is to tie together two bands designed as the Argentine and Norwegian flag to mark the increased cooperation between the two nations.

The royal couple were received by Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie when they arrived in Argentina. Photo: Sven Gjeruldsen / The Royal Court.

This is the first visit to Argentina from Norway since King Olav’s state visit in 1967. King Harald and Queen Sonja visited Brazil in 2003; so, this is their second official state visit to South America. The state visit will aim to increase the ties between Norway and Argentina. In recent years, the economic work between the two nations has flourished, and many Norwegian companies have invested a lot of money in Argentina in recent years.

The Argentinian government has said that they prioritise attracting investment from abroad and have implemented many reforms to open this up. One thing Argentina has established is the Norwegian-Argentine Chamber of Commerce which is an independent organisation that has been working to promote bilateral cooperation between Argentina and Norway since 2008.

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