On the invitation of His Majesty King Harald of Norway, the President of Iceland, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson and his wife, Eliza Reid will start their official state visit to Norway tomorrow. The state visit will take place from Tuesday through Thursday.
The state visit will start in downtown Oslo. The President will be received in an official ceremony in front of the Royal Norwegian Palace by His Majesty the King, Her Majesty the Queen and the Crown Prince and Crown Princess. The focus during the state visit will be aimed at cooperation between the two nations, Iceland and Norway’s shared cultural heritage and how the work will take place in the future related to education, culture, research and innovation.
After Iceland’s president has been officially received by the King, His Majesty and President Johannesson will lay down a wreath at the Norwegian National Monument at Akershus Fortress. The President will also hold talks with the Norwegian Prime Minister and members of the Norwegian Parliament but in which the Norwegian Royal Family will not participate.
During the state visit’s first day, Queen Sonja will accompany the President’s wife to the University of Oslo where she will give a lecture. Other events during the state visit will be held focusing on Norwegian and Icelandic literature. Thursday of next week will conclude the state visit in Bergen. During the tour’s day in Bergen, King Harald will show the Icelandic president different parts of the Norwegian maritime industry and the University of Bergen.
Norway and Iceland have a close cooperation; Iceland was previously a part of the Norwegian kingdom and is a nation founded by Norwegian settlers. King Harald has completed a state visit to Iceland in the past; this was in 1992 which was the year after he became King of Norway. This is the third official state visit King Harald has received from Iceland during his reign. King Harald received the President of Iceland in an official state visit in 1993 and 1997.