On Tuesday, King Harald of Norway was on an official visit to Malvik and Selbu in Sør-Trøndelag.
The King started the visit at “Midtsandtangen”, a municipal park which was completed in 2000 and is currently used by the local residents for outdoor activities and as a playground. During World War II, the area was developed as a military facility and was operational until the park was finished. The welcome committee consisted of two five-year-olds who wished the King a warm welcome and gave him flowers.
In the park at Midtsandtangen, the King witnessed a variety of artistic performances from locals and the mayor held a speech to welcome His Majesty. After the musical contributions, the King had a guided tour of the park before he was served a lunch in the park’s cafe. The weather was also on their side and a brilliant autumn sun shone over the park so the King could see it from its best side.
When the King met the press today, he was asked what he thought about Malvik, the King replied: “This looks very good. I’ve been talking to so many great children.”
After the visit in Malvik, His Majesty continued to Selbu where he was received at Morset Folk High School. The school celebrates its 40-year anniversary this year and the King talked with several of the students. The Selbu-mitten is known outside Norway, also. Moreover, the King received several pairs of these mittens with his own monogram.
To local press, the mayor of Malvik, Ingrid Aune, said that they had worked a long time to have the King visit the two places. This is the first time during his 25 years on the throne that the King has officially visited Malvik and Selbu. The last time the King was in Sør-Trondelag was this past summer in celebration of his and the Queen’s 25th anniversary on the throne.
The King has had long a desire to visit all the Norwegian municipalities during his time as monarch. Now that he has visited Malvik and Sellbu, there are only four municipalities in central Norway that the King has not yet visited.