State Visit from Brazil
The President and Mrs da Silva were in Norway on a state visit 13 – 14 September. The visit began with the official welcoming ceremony at the Palace Square prior to a gala banquet held at the Royal Palace in honour of the visitors.
Friday, the President attended the opening of a seminar at the Radisson SAS Hotel, before participating in a wreath-laying ceremony at the National Monument at Akershus Castle. Their Majesties The King and Queen and Mrs da Silva were also in attendance during the ceremony.
Later on Friday, President Lula da Silva met with President of the Storting (Norwegian national assembly), Mr Torbjørn Jagland, and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. After the meetings, the Government held a luncheon for President and Mrs da Silva at Akershus Castle. The King and Queen and The Crown Prince and Crown Princess were also in attendance.
Mrs da Silva and Her Majesty Queen Sonja had their own programme Friday, including visits to the Vigeland Sculpture Park and the Munch Museum.
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.