Meetings with technology companies
The focus was on advanced technology and cooperation when His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon met with Apple, as well as with Space Systems/Loral and Telenor today.
Norway is at the forefront in the use of new technology, and most Norwegians have the financial resources to buy many of the latest products.
Crown Prince Haakon visited the companies together with Minister of Trade and Industry Trond Giske, who proposed Norway as a potential location for large international data centres.
Apple is the worlds largest manufacturer of small-scale electronics, with products such as the iPad, iPhone, iPod and Mac. The company also provides other services, such as iTunes which distributes music, audio books and podcasts.
Apple recently lost one of its founders and key figures, Steve Jobs, and Crown Prince Haakon took the opportunity to extend his condolences when he was welcomed at Apples offices in Cupertino, California today.
At the meeting with Apple, Crown Prince Haakon was given a demonstration of the iPad2 and iPhone, in which he learned more about their functionality and the basic idea behind these products.
Cooperation on Thor 7
Later in the day, the Crown Prince and Minister of Trade and Industry met with Space Systems/Loral and Telenor in Palo Alto. Telenor recently signed a contract with Space Systems/Loral on the design and building of the Thor 7 communications satellite, which will improve Telenors broadcasting ability in Eastern and Central Europe and increase the capacity of its maritime communication services.
In turn, Space Systems/Loral has signed a contract with Norspace, a Norwegian company that manufactures telemetry, tracking and control (TTC) equipment. The contract will be beneficial for the Horten-based company, and is an important acknowledgement of the technology and electronics community in Norway.
John Celli, President of Space Systems/Loral, and Oddveig Tretterud, who headed up the work on Thor 7, welcomed Crown Prince Haakon and Minister Giske and accompanied them on a tour of the production facility to show them satellites in various stages of production.
The King and Queen opened the new MUNCH
"I think that I speak for all of us when I say that we have been looking forward to this day! It is finally possible for us to gather together, and soon the great doors will open up a new attraction – not just for our capital city, but for Norway, and for the world," said His Majesty The King.
Congratulations from His Majesty King Harald to His Excellency Mr Alar Karis, President of the Republic of Estonia.