Norwegian Crown Prince received a “Haakon” gift at the National Archives

Crown Prince HaakonNorwegian Crown Prince Haakon received a historical gift from the National Archives of Norway on Wednesday. Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB

This week, Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon visited the National Archives of Norway to look at irreplaceable medieval documents. Here, he received a gift referring to his predecessors of the same name.

From the National Archives of Norway, the Crown Prince received copies of one document from each of the seven kings who have borne the name Haakon the last millennium – from Haakon the First in the 900s, to Haakon the Seventh in the 1900s.

Crown Prince Haakon visits the National Archives of Norway at Sognsvann in Oslo. Pictured is an old document containing the names Haakon, Sverre and Magnus. Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB

The documents were placed in an archive box that the Norwegian Crown Prince received from the National Archives, together with an explanatory text for each document.

The visit comes in connection with a number of medieval sources being digitized in 2019. Among the digitized documents are Olav Engelbrektsson‘s accounts and land registers and over 100 Norwegian government documents from 1295 to 1646.

The National Archives’ ambition is for all documents in the collection from the medieval period to be digitally available by 2024. The year will mark 750 years since Magnus Lagabøte introduced the first law that applied to the whole of Norway.

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