State Visit from Vietnam
President Nguyen Minh Triet and Mrs Tran Thi Kim Chi of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam paid a formal State Visit to Norway on 5 and 6 June. The President and First Lady came to Norway at the invitation of His Majesty King Harald.
Their visit commenced with an official welcoming ceremony in the Palace Square.
After the welcoming ceremony, the President visited the Storting (Norwegian national assembly), where he was received by Mr. Torbjørn Jagland, President of the Storting. Her Majesty Queen Sonja and Mrs Tran Thi Kim Chi attended a guided tour of the new opera house in Bjørvika.
An official luncheon was held at the Royal Palace, after which the King and Queen and the President and First Lady were taken to Akershus Castle for a wreath-laying ceremony at the National Monument.
The day concluded with a gala dinner at the Royal Palace.
On the morning of 6 June President Nguyen Minh Triet had official talks with Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg at the Prime Ministers Office. Afterwards the President, together with His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon, departed for the offices of Telenor, at Fornebu, where they attended a seminar entitled Business Forum Vietnam and Norway. Subsequently, the President paid a visit to the Supreme Court.
Her Majesty The Queen accompanied Mrs. Tran Thi Kim Chi to the Bygdøy Peninsula, where they were taken on guided tours of the Viking Ships Museum and the Open Air Folk Museum.
Prime Minister Stoltenberg hosted an official luncheon at Akershus Castle in honour of the Vietnamese Presidential couple. King Harald and Queen Sonja and the Crown Prince and Crown Princess were all in attendance.
The State Visit was concluded on Friday, with a cruise on the Oslo Fjord on board the Royal Yacht, K/S Norge.
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.