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King Harald and Queen Sonja on state visit to Argentina

His Majesty King Harald and Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway are preparing for their three-day state visit to Argentina, which will start next week. From next Tuesday to the following Thursday, the King and Queen will visit this South American country upon the invitation from Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri. 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.

Queen Sonja, together with King Harald on their anniversary trip in 2017. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen.

The specific programme for the King and Queen has not yet been determined, but the King and Queen will be welcomed in a ceremony at the Argentinian Presidential Palace when they arrive. 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 should do is to tie together two bands designed as the Argentine and Norwegian flag to mark the increased cooperation between the two nations.

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.

His Majesty King Harald inspects his bodyguards before a state visit in Norway. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen.

According to Innovation Norway, Norwegian companies in Argentina operate mostly in the maritime sector and the oil and gas industry, while increasing interest in communications technology and the IT sector, aquaculture/oceanic and the aviation industry. Another focus point is Norwegian Airlines, which will soon start domestic flights on more than 170 routes in Argentina.

Royal Central will follow the state visit closely, so stay tuned for the latest updates.

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