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Queen Sonja opens NOR-Fishing 2022

Queen Sonja of Norway has opened the NOR-Fishing 2022 fair in Trondheim.

During the opening ceremony, the Queen and others assembled heard Fisheries and Oceans Minister Bjørnar Selnes Skjæran speak and were also able to witness the presentation of the Norwegian Innovation Award.

Queen Sonja later visited several exhibitors, including the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The Queen was able to taste buns made from alginate – salts of alginic acid extracted from seaweed and kelp.

Later in the day, the Queen of Norway also visited the first fishing fair for children at Brattøra. Approximately 700 children and young people from schools around Trondheim participated to learn more about the sea and fish. Several children also had the opportunity to greet the Queen during the visit to Brattøra.

At the Young Chefs stand, the Queen stopped by to hear more about fish life under the sea and taste mussels. The Queen told the local newspaper: “I am very fond of fish food. I also think it is very funny that the young people have the opportunity to learn more about life and everything that can be found in the sea here.”

The Young Chefs is a non-profit organisation that works to promote public health and healthy food for children and young people. General manager of the Young Chefs stand, Gita Aspen Kolltveit, said that she believes the Queen’s visit is a fantastic opportunity to help highlight an important topic.

She said: “The fact that she chooses to come here helps raise the focus on saving the ocean. It is a very proud moment for us.”

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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.