Annual report of the Royal Court for 2018
The members of the Royal Family visited all of Norway’s counties and 53 municipalities in 2018. The Royal Court has submitted its annual report for 2018 today.
The report is intended to provide better information about and increase understanding of the activities of the Royal House of Norway and the Royal Court.
The Royal Family attaches great importance to its visits throughout Norway. In the course of 2018, the members of the Royal Family had the opportunity to meet people from all parts of the country and saw many places in their travels from north to south. They paid visits to all of Norway’s counties and 53 municipalities, as well as to Svalbard.
During 2018, 68 000 people have visited the Royal Palace, the Oscarshall summer palace and the Queen Sonja Art Stable as part of the Åpent Slott cultural outreach activities. The members of the Royal Family took part in 695 official events and hosted 2 566 guests at events held at Royal residences. They have paid visits to 14 countries, the most extensive of which was the nine-day State Visit to China in October. Other particularly memorable occasions during the year include the visit to Norway of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and the celebration of the golden wedding anniversary of Their Majesties The King and Queen.
The Royal Court’s security project, which involves efforts relating to security measures at the Royal Palace and the other Royal residences, has been the largest individual project in 2018. This will be the case in coming years as well. The project has a budget framework of NOK 603 million, and is to be concluded in 2021.
The annual accounts for 2018 show a surplus of NOK 98.5 million. Of this, NOK 82.8 million are affiliated with the security project. This surplus, as well as previous appropriations for the project, are allocated in their entirety to deliverables in 2019.
The accounts for the Royal Court show a surplus of NOK 15.7 million, which is largely due to temporarily vacant posts and postponement of projects. The surplus has been set aside for the implementation of renovation projects and other procurements, and there is a higher level of maintenance activity planned for 2019 as a result.
The annual report and accounts of the Royal Court for 2018 have been submitted to the Presidium of the Storting, the Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation, and the Office of the Auditor General of Norway.
Congratulations are presented today from His Majesty King Harald to His Excellency Mr Egils Levits, President of the Republic of Latvia.
World Heritage at Vega
In 2004, UNESCO inscribed the Vega Archipelago on the World Heritage List. Today His Royal Highness The Crown Prince was in attendance to open the new Vega Archipelago World Heritage Centre – Norway’s first authorised centre of its kind.