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State visit from Moldova

Moldova's President, Her Excellency Ms Maia Sandu, began her state visit to Norway on Monday. His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen are hosting the visit, and the President was welcomed with a formal ceremony in the Palace Square.


This marks the first time a Moldovan president has visited Norway, and the state visit signifies the strengthening of ties between Norway and Moldova in recent years.

The visit began with an official welcoming ceremony in Palace Square Monday. President Sandu arrived at the ceremony accompanied by Crown Prince Haakon, and was welcomed by Their Majesties The King and Queen and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. 

The national anthems of both countries were sung, and then President Maia Sandu was introduced to representatives of official institutions in Norway.

The President was welcomed with an official welcoming ceremony in the Palace Square. Photo: Heiko Junge, NTB

Alongside the Crown Prince, President Sandu inspected the honor guard assembled in the Palace Square during the formal welcoming ceremony. Both children and representatives from the Moldovan community in Norway were present during the welcome ceremony.

Official photographs were taken in the Bird Room, which was followed by an exchange of gifts in the Mirror Hall. 

Presentation of gifts in the Mirror Hall. Photo: Lise Åserud, NTB

Wreath-laying ceremony

It is a tradition for visiting heads of state to lay a wreath at the national monument at Akershus Fortress, and the President of the Republic of Moldova paid tribute to Norwegians who lost their lives in the Second World War.

From Akershus Fortress, the President went to the Storting, the Norwegian Parliament, where she had a brief meeting with The President of the Storting, Masud Gharahkhani, and also met with the standing committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence.   

The Crown Prince Couple and Moldova's President Maia Sandu greet school children in the Palace Square. Photo: Liv Anette Luane, The Royal Court

The war in Ukraine has had significant consequences for Moldova. The authorities have had to deal with a profound crisis affecting the economy, energy supply, and national security. At the same time, Moldova has received a large number of refugees from neighboring Ukraine and has also embarked on extensive reform efforts.

The state visit underlines Norwegian support and solidarity with Moldova. Within the framework of the Nansen program, Norway contributes to addressing the crises in Moldova and supports the country's democratic reforms and closer cooperation with the rest of Europe. Norway has also decided to open an embassy office in Moldova's capital, Chisinau, to follow up on the support and further strengthen the connections.

Gala dinner

A gala dinner is being held at the Royal Palace this evening. King Harald and Queen Sonja are hosting the dinner in honour of President Maia Sandu. Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Princes Astrid, Mrs Ferner will also attend the dinner.

On Tuesday, the state visit continues with visits to institutions including Norad and NUPI. President Sandu will also deliver a keynote speech at the University of Oslo.


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