State Visit to Germany
In addition to formal programme in Berlin, the visit includes meetings with President Horst Köhler, Chancellor Angela Merkel and President of the Bundesrat, Mr Harald Ringstorff.
Trade and economic development comprise important topics during the visit, with special focus on tourism, energy, climate and polar issues. The King and Queen will meet representatives of Norwegian and German trade and industry, and Queen Sonja will give her presentation Impressions of Norway during a reception in Berlin.
On the third day, Their Majesties will visit Düsseldorf and Essen, where the President of Nordhrein-Westfalen, Mr Jürgen Rüttgers, will be their host. Seminars on energy, climate and polar research will be held in Düsseldorf, and His Majesty King Harald will open a new gas power plant in Knapsack Hürth. Her Majesty Queen Sonja will visit a Norwegian exhibition and a Norwegian – German youth forum in Zeche Zollverein, Essen. The King and Queen will both be in attendance when this years Willy Brandt Award is presented to former Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Thorvald Stoltenberg and former Minister of Trade and Industry Mr Egon Bahr.
Their Majesties The King and Queen are accompanied by four members of the Government and a large business delegation. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Jonas Gahr Støre, Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Ms Åslaug Haga, Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Dag Terje Andersen and Minister of Education and Research, Mr Øystein Djupedal, are all taking part in this State Visit to Germany.
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.