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Norwegian politicians and doctors thank the Crown Princess for openness regarding her illness

Norwegian politicians and celebrities have flocked to the media to express their sympathies to the Crown Princess and thank her for her openness about her illness. It was announced on Wednesday that the Crown Princess of Norway, Mette-Marit, has been diagnosed with chronic pulmonary fibrosis.

Prime Minister Erna Solberg also released a statement regarding the Crown Princess’s illness. Now several others have also spoken about their feelings regarding the sad news.

Jonas G. Støre, leader of the Norwegian Labour Party, Norway’s largest political party. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen.

Jonas Gahr Støre, leader of the Labour Party, the largest opposition party in Norway, said:

“I feel for Crown Princess Mette-Marit and her family, and I praise her for her openness. Many people find it difficult to talk about their own health, and that is why it is very important that she does. This will make it easier for others. I wish her every good luck with the following investigation and treatment in the future”.

President of the Norwegian parliament, the Storting, Tone Wilhelmsen Trøen, said:

“I respect and understand that Crown Princess Mette-Marit has to pay attention to her own health in the future and I wish her all the best. Although this is certainly not an easy day for the Crown Princess and her Family, I will praise her for her openness.”

The King and the Parliament’s President, Tone Trøen. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen / Royal Central.

Doctors and experts also think it is important that the Crown Princess has talked openly about her illness. One of Norway’s best lung specialists, Olav Kåre Refvem said to the Norwegian TV-channel NRK:

“She has given a face to a disease that not so many would talk about. This will and can give hope to many people who have been diagnosed, and know how difficult this is. It is good for the medical community that such a prominent person as the Crown Princess actually speaks about this and is part of it. It is about identifying with a person who is familiar. It shows that it is not only common people who get a disease”.

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.