His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon and Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette Marit of Norway were on an official visit today to the district «Gamle Oslo” in Norway’s capital, Oslo.
The Crown Prince and Crown Princess were welcomed by the Mayor of Oslo, Marianne Borgen, in the old “Ladegården.” The “Ladegården” farm’s history stretches back to the Middle Ages and in previous centuries it was a farm which supplied Akershus Fortress with necessary provisions. Here, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess saw some musical performances before they were led outside. Luckily the weather was fine, although in the hours before it had rained quite a lot. Outside in the park the two were taken on a tour where they saw several medieval buildings, including the ruins of the St. Halvard Cathedral.
After a short historical tour the Crown Prince and the Crown Princess traveled to Oslo Public Library (Deichamanske). Here they were shown around in a brand new part of the library that specialises in literature for children in the ages 10 to 15. After this they used the opportunity to speak with several of the children who actively use the library. After the visit at the library they met two representatives from “Tøyen Startup Village.” This is a new initiative to make eastern Oslo more attractive to new businesses.
Together with the Mayor of Oslo the Crown Prince and the Crown Princess went on to Tøyen school. Here they were welcomed by the school principal before they got to see a musical performance by the children attending the school. The principal spoke a little about the school before the Crown Prince and the Crown Princess got an introduction to “FRIGO”. FRIGO is a wilderness-center in the district of “Old Oslo” that arranges tours in the Norwegian wilderness for children. They teach the children from the city about nature and offers free loans on toys and sport equipment.
The visit to “Gamle Oslo” was concluded in Oslo prison. Here the Crown Prince and the Crown Princess met several of the inmates and learned more about the opportunities adult inmates have to educate themselves while they are serving their time. Just before they left the prison, the two were served food and coffee made by inmates attending the prison’s barista course.
“Gamle Oslo” (English: Old Oslo) is a part of Oslo with a bad reputation. Crime rates are high compared to the rest of Oslo and many parts of the district are marked by cultures of ethnic minorities from the Middle East and Asia. This area in Oslo has a lot of medieval buildings. It has therefore been natural to highlight this and present Oslo’s history as a medieval town for locals and tourists.