Official visit to Korea Day 3
Busan is the second largest city in the Republic of Korea, with a population of 3.65 million and the worlds third largest harbour.
The day of business seminars was opened by Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Gunn Ovesen, Managing Director of Innovation Norway.
The purpose of the event was to further strengthen the good relations between Norway and the Republic of Korea within the maritime sectors, and the seminars focused on Norwegian seafood, fish farming, shipbuilding and offshore installations.
United Nations Memorial Cemetery Korea
In the afternoon, Their Royal Highnesses visited the United Nations Memorial Cemetery Korea. This memorial cemetery was formally established in 1955, and serves today as the final resting place for 2,300 soldiers.
Among them is Norwegian Second Engineer Reidar George Tveit. After a brief ceremony at Tveits grave, attended by members of the family and Major Nils Egelien of the Norwegian Korea Veteran Society, Crown Prince Haakon laid a wreath at the new monument commemorating the Norwegian soldiers who died in the Korean War.
The visit to the memorial cemetery was concluded at the Wall of Remembrance, where the names of 40,895 non-Korean soldiers killed in the Korean War are engraved.
The days programme concluded with a reception in the garden of APEC House. Nurimaru APEC House was erected for the 13th Asia – Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, held in Korea in 2005.
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.