Swiss light art and technology
The Palace was illuminated yesterday by Swiss light artist Gerry Hofstetter, during the gala dinner in honour of President Leuthard and Dr Hausin. This morning, the state visit continued with the opening of a seminar on medical technology.
Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja accompanied President Doris Leuthard and Dr Roland Hausin to Rikshospitalet University Hospital for the opening of the seminar.
The seminar was a cooperative effort between MedTech Switzerland and Oslo Medtech to bring together representatives from the health services and medical technology companies. Both President Leuthard and Minister of Health and Care Services Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen participated in the opening, which was followed by a presentation of examples of innovative technology, including in the area of insulin administration and laser surgery.
King Harald, Queen Sonja, President Leuthard and Dr Hausin attended the first half of the seminar. The King then returned to the Royal Palace to hold the Council of State, while the Queen accompanied the Swiss president and her husband to the Nobel Institute.
Spoke at the Nobel Institute
The entourage was met at the Nobel Institute by Director Geir Lundestad and Jan Egeland, Director of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. After signing the Nobel Institutes guest book, President Leuthard gave a presentation entitled The World is Shifting – Where is the European Continent Heading?. Following the presentation, the Swiss president visited the Office of the Prime Minister, where she met with Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. Later in the day President Leuthard also met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre.
Prime Minister Stoltenberg hosted the official luncheon given by the Norwegian Government in honour of President Leuthard and Dr Hausin. King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended the luncheon, which was held in Government House.
Concert and reception
This evening King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit will be Switzerlands guests at a reception at the Grand Hotel in Oslo. Switzerlands ambassador to Norway, Mr Denis Feldmeyer, will host the reception, which will be opened with a concert.
This will be the final event before President Leuthard and Dr Hausin say their formal farewells to King Harald and Queen Sonja, and the official State Visit is concluded.
Facts about the Swiss Confederation
Capital city: Bern
Largest cities: Zürich, Genève, Basel and Bern
Total area: 41 284 km²
Population in 2010: approximately 7.8 million
Official languages: German, French and Italian
Form of government: Federal republic
Head of state: President Doris Leuthard
Diplomatic relations with Norway since 1906.
Switzerland is an important partner for Norway in international organisations such as the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO), in which the two countries cooperate closely on agricultural policy.
Source: Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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.