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Crown Prince Haakon highlights Norway’s economy and security at conference  

On Wednesday, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway attended the NHO’s annual conference in Oslo. NHO is the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise – an employers’ organisation in Norway with more than 20,000 members.

NHO’s conference of 2019 had the theme “We and the world” and focused on how global trends affect Norwegian society – and how vital common rules of the game are in a troubled world. In addition to His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, several politicians also attended the seminar. Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg and Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg of NATO were some of the speakers.

His Royal Highness arrives at the conference. Martin Slottemo Lyngstad / NHO / The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise.

International media pointed out that all these powerful people had to queue up to enter the conference. Also, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg had to wait in line. The only one who could pass the queue was the one who came last; all the guests were seated when Crown Prince Haakon made his entrance, so he got the red carpet for himself. The Crown Prince was accompanied by Oslo’s Mayor, Marianne Borgen upon arrival and officially welcomed by NHO’s management.

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon attended the conference, part two of the seminar, as well as a dinner that same in the evening. During lunch, the Crown Prince met representatives of the grocery industry, and he attended a conversation with four managers for small and medium-sized companies in Norway.

American Ronan Farrow also spoke during the NHO’s annual conference in Oslo. Photo: Martin Slottemo Lyngstad / NHO / The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise

The Crown Prince also met with Kjell Rekdal who heads NHO’s forum for small and medium-sized companies and is engaged in promoting the interests of these companies and simplifying their everyday life. Around the lunch table, there were also three other business leaders for small and medium-sized companies.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said during his speech that the world has become more dangerous. Stoltenberg followed up: “Agreements are being built down, walls are being built up, and international agreements are under pressure”. He shows, among other things, that Russia for several years has broken the agreement on the mid-range weapons from 1987, which imposed a ban on new weapons. This also means that the agreements against nuclear weapons are in danger of weathering.

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written five books on historical subjects and more than 700 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.