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Crown Prince Haakon visits new district development

Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway enjoys a visit to the top of a crane on one of Oslo's biggest building sites.

Crown Prince Haakon of Norway has visited one of the largest new construction sited in the capital city of Oslo and met employees in the building and construction industry. He learned about the future of housing construction during the visit.

Oslo is expected to experience strong population growth in the near future, with a new district, Ulven, under development. The district will have 2,000 homes and 4,500 jobs, with the first residents already moving in. During his visit Crown Prince Haakon was given a tour and briefed on the different areas of the subdivision and the construction project’s new climate-friendly head office. The head office will showcase the company’s progress towards its 2030 climate goals.

The CEOs of the project provided His Royal Highness with information about their company and partnerships. The Crown Prince learned about their vision for future urban development, emphasizing climate-friendly solutions and sustainable housing. The new district of Ulven, meaning “the wolf” in Norwegian, is one of the first housing projects in this area of Oslo, which previously only housed heavy industry.

At the latest completed housing project, the Crown Prince learned about the construction planning process and climbed 50 meters to the top of a tower crane. In the tower crane, he met and spoke to crane operator Antonio Josè Martins Teixeira. From the crane, the Crown Prince viewed the urban development plans for the district.

At the construction office, His Royal Highness received briefings on contracting topics including the biggest challenges in the coming years, management and motivation, and promoting inclusiveness and diversity in the industry.

Norway’s largest housing association, OBOS,, is responsible for the development of the area. OBOS has 550,000 members in Norway and Sweden. At the start of 2023, they had over 7,700 homes under construction.

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Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written six books on historical subjects and more than 1.500 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.