Crown Prince Haakon of Norway has begun a four-day visit to Germany. There are several key items of focus for the visit, including Norwegian literature and defence industries.
The Crown Prince began his visit in Munich. He attended the opening of the Norwegian-German Business Summit and gave a speech to open the conference. The conference’s primary focus is on the cooperation between Norway and Germany and how their combined work in defence industries will be a valuable asset for NATO.
Haakon touched on the importance of the conference more than ever:
“Today’s conference on the defence industry is, unfortunately, more relevant than we had hoped for. We gather here in Munich in deep concern for the human suffering in Ukraine and in the Middle East. Against this backdrop, we must stand together to protect our values, human rights and the rule of law that we build our societies on.“
In the afternoon, the Crown Prince then attended an author forum where Norwegian authors Maja Lunde and Dag O. Hessen discussed their books and how they connect with the natural environment through their writing. He highlighted the important role that literature can play in bringing people and cultures together.
Sustainability will be a focus in Hamburg on this visit, as the Crown Prince will be learning more about the transition to clean energy and the green maritime sector.