27 February 2024

Norway: King Harald hospitalized in Malaysia

The Norwegian Royal Court informed today that King Harald of Norway has fallen ill during his vacation in Malaysia and has been admitted to a local hospital to be treated for an infection. The king is receiving good care by both Malaysian and Norwegian medical staff. 

The Norwegian newspaper VG.no, whose source is the Malaysian newspaper Astrowani.com, writes that the hospital in question is Hospital Sultanah Malihai in Langkawi.

It is not known how long the vacation was meant to last, but according to the official program the king is expected to be back for duty on 8 March 2024 when he is to preside over the Council of State. In the meantime Crown Prince Haakon will continue to serve as Regent. According to the program the Crown Prince is referred to as Regent on 6 March, but not the day after, which could be interpreted as saying that the King is expected to return some time on 6 March 2024.

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