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European royals visit Norway. The Scandinavian oil country is graced with visits from several foreign royal nationals this week. Coming up is Thursday’s visit to Oslo by the Netherlands’ Her Majesty Queen Máxima, who joins the Financial Action Task Group (FATF) Plenary Meeting. Norway’s Minister of Finance Sigbjørn Johnsen opened the 19th to 21st June event’s first day, Wednesday.

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European royals visit Norway

Published on Wednesday, 19th June, 2013 at 11:55 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 19th June 2013 at 12:09.

The Scandinavian oil country is graced with visits from several foreign royal nationals this week.

HRH Queen Máxima of The Netherlands
HRH Queen Máxima of The Netherlands
Photo: Michel Porro/Stringer/Getty Images


Coming up is Thursday’s visit to Oslo by the Netherlands’ Her Majesty Queen Máxima, who joins the Financial Action Task Group (FATF) Plenary Meeting.

Norway’s Minister of Finance Sigbjørn Johnsen opened the 19th to 21st June event’s first day, Wednesday.

The standard-setting FATF promotes what it calls “effective implementation of legal, regulatory and operational measures for combating money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system.”

To-date, over 180 countries have accepted FATF’s standards, in principle, as the basis for their rules. This year’s event is the last of three annual ones. It takes place in Oslo because Norway has held presidency of the FATF for the past year.

HRH Queen Máxima will address delegates tomorrow morning about strengthening financial integrity through financial inclusion in her capacity as the UN Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA).

This lecture is about “ensuring that the poor and other vulnerable groups have access to safe, accessible and affordable financial services,” the Ministry of Finance says in a statement.

Her Majesty Queen Máxima’s visit is the second royal one this week.

On Tuesday, Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia arrived on a two-day official visit, with the royal couple visiting Harstad and Tromsø in the north of Norway.

Accompanying them are hosts TRH King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway. The programme includes a visit to Statoil’s Harstad office, with a briefing on the oil and energy sector. Also covered yesterday was the impact the sector may have on the future economic development of the region.

Geir Birger Larsen, senior geologist at Swedish oil company Lundin Norway talked about Swedish-Norwegian Continental Shelf cooperation, listing opportunities for Swedish businesses.

A traditional lunch with Norwegian fare at Røkenes Gård was served, followed by a visit to exhibition "Pioneer Voices". This year’s Arts festival of North Norway marks the 100th anniversary of the vote for women, bringing forth some of their pioneers within art.

Harstad's own avant-garde artist Ragnhild Kaarbø (1888-1949) has a central place in the exhibition, along with influential Sami artist of the present Aslaug Juliussen and renowned Swedish artist Astrid Svangren.

The day ended with a reception aboard royal ship the K/S Norge, before setting sail for today’s visit to Tromsø.

Wednesday’s programme includes an orientation regarding University of Tromsø-University of Umeå (Sweden) research collaboration within marine bioprospecting are in focus. TRH are being briefed on climate and environmental challenges, education, and research there.

The University of Tromsø’s Polar Museum is another stop, where briefings on climate change in the Arctic under the auspices of Fram (High North Research Centre for Climate and the Environment) are to be held.

In other news about Fram, researchers found a German WWII aircraft – reportedly a Blohm & Voss BV 138 Sea Dragon bomber and recognisance plane – at a depth of 35 metres (almost 115 feet) in Finnmark County’s Porsangerfjorden last week.

German forces had established a seaplane facility at Indre Billefjord. British aircraft opened fire on it on 24th August 1944 whilst it was moored there, subsequently sinking.



Published on Wednesday, 19th June, 2013 at 11:55 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 19th June 2013 at 12:09.

This post has the following tags: norwayroyalty, oslo, statoil.





  
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