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State visit from Iceland to Norway – Day 3

The official state visit from Iceland entered its third day in Norway yesterday. His Majesty the King received Iceland’s President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson in a solemn ceremony on the square in front of the Royal Norwegian Palace in Oslo on Tuesday; after this, the visit included a visit to the University of Oslo, where the President of Iceland made a speech on the cooperation between the Nordic nations.

Tuesday night a dinner in honour of the Icelandic guests was held in the Royal Palace’s greatest dining room. On Wednesday, the visited included visits to the National Library and Akershus Castle. Yesterday, His Majesty King Harald brought the president couple to Norway’s second largest city, Bergen.

From left: Mr Sindre Finnes, Prime Minister Erna Solberg, His Majesty King Harald, Her Majesty Queen Sonja, the First Lady of Iceland Eliza Jean Reid, President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon.  Photo: Oskar Aanmoen

Their time in Bergen started with a visit to the Norwegian Ocean Observation Laboratory. His Majesty and the President were received by Professor Sissel Rogne, Director, Institute for Marine Research and Dr Dag Rune Olsen, Rector of the University of Bergen.

The welcoming speech was held by Sissel Rogne before they watched underwater videos. Before they left, they were able to experience a guided tour of the hall by Rolf Birger Pedersen where they saw the underwater robots.

His Majesty King Harald and President Jóhannesson inspect the guards. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen

Next, His Majesty took his guests to the University Aula in Bergen. There they participated in a meeting related to the shared Icelandic-Norwegian history. The President of Iceland held a speech entitled “Icelanders or Norwegians? Leifur, Snorri and the National Identity then and now.” Afterwards, a panel debate chaired by Professor Margareth Hagen, Dean of Faculty of Humanities and Marte Helle Hauge from the student parliament was held.

Before His Majesty and the President left the university an agreement was signed between the University of Bergen and the University of Iceland by Dr Jón Atli Benediktsson, Rector of the University of Iceland, and Dr Dag Rune Olsen, Rector of the University of Bergen.

They then went to a luncheon hosted by the Mayor of Bergen before they enjoyed a short concert at Troldhaugen; the state visit then came to a conclusion.

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