15 October 2010

State visit from Switzerland

The state visit from Switzerland continued today with among others a visit to the Oslo University Hospital where King Harald, Queen Sonja, President Doris Leuthard and her husband Dr. Roland Hausin attended the opening of the seminar "Swiss Medical Technical meets Healthcare in Norway".

President Leuthard also gave the address "The World is shifting - where is the European continent heading?" at the Norwegian Nobel Institute with her husband as well as Queen Sonja in attendance. King Harald had to be at the Royal Palace to preside over the Council of State.

Later Their Majesties as well as the Crown Prince couple attended the Government's luncheon in honour of the Swiss guests at the Government Guest House. Tonight it is President Leuthard and Dr. Hausin who will be the hosts and they have invited to a consert followed by a reception at Grand Hotel.

Crown Prince Haakon is actually going to Switzerland on Saturday to attend the Young Global Leaders meeting in Geneva. Whether he will meet President Leuthard again at the meeting or not is difficult to say. At least I couldn't find any clues at the president's website. At 47, she might not be considered as a "young leader" anylonger?

Anyway, Dagbladet.no (Kjendis.no) has published photos from the gala dinner at the Royal Palace on Thursday night. The tabloid's focus was on two Norwegian celebrities - the singer Tone Damli Aaberge and her live-in partner, the actor Axel Hennie. Aaberge has not written about the dinner at her blog yet, busy as she is after recently releasing her new album.

See also VG Nett's and Nettavisen.no's coverage of the state visit, as well as my blog article from yesterday.

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