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Crown Princess Mette-Marit launches digital literature-train

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
Det Norske Kongehus Instagram Still/ Fair Use

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway has launched this year’s literature-train in a story on Instagram that was published earlier this week. This year’s literature-train will run as a digital event that will take place through four conservations with some of the Crown Princess’ favourite authors.

Her Royal Highness published the following message: “Hi, dear all. On Thursday, this year’s literature train starts here on Instagram. I have brought with me some of the authors that I should have had with me on last year’s train, which of course did not happen due to the coronavirus. Then on Thursday at 7 PM, I will talk to Alf van der Hagen. He mostly writes books about other people. I am really looking forward to it and hope you feel like joining and listening to the first of a total of four conversations I will have with authors that I greatly appreciate. You are most welcome to join.”

The Norwegian Crown Princess is very interested in literature and books. She wants to share her joy of reading and to spread the power of good literature through her personal conviction that there is a book for everyone. Over time, Crown Princess Mette-Marit has participated in a number of literary events. In 2017, the Crown Princess took on the role of ambassador for Norwegian literature abroad.

In the Crown Princess’ literary agenda, however, there is one event that holds a special position: the Literature Train. In recent years, the Crown Princess has embarked on a literary train journey every spring, with events at libraries and literature houses along the way. The main goal of Crown Princess Mette-Marit`s “literature-train” is to reach a wider range of the population to increase awareness and enjoyment of literature.

In 2019, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit chose to switch her annual “literature train” to a more urban “literature metro”. Instead of using some of Norway’s long and remote train lines to promote literature to young people, she used the metro-system in Oslo city to reach young people with her message. In addition, that year, for the first time, the Crown Princess’ literature train went abroad. With a course for the book fair in Frankfurt, the train started in Berlin and ended in Frankfurt.

About author

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.