Norway’s Crown Prince gives debut Parliament opening speech: “We will take everyday life back”

Crown Prince HaakonPhoto: Heiko Junge / NTB POOL
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On Friday, Crown Prince Haakon delivered his first speech at the opening of the Norwegian parliament (Storting). 

“In the period we are now entering, the government’s goal is for us to take back everyday life,” Crown Prince Haakon added. 

The annual speech marks the start of a new parliamentary year. 

The speech was written by the government. 

The speech is usually read aloud by the king in a solemn ceremony, but this year Crown Prince Haakon had to step in due to his father’s sick leave.

The year of the coronavirus

The coronavirus situation naturally influenced this year’s speech.

“For half a year, the coronavirus has affected our everyday lives. The virus has taken lives. Ended jobs. Limited our freedom,” the Crown Prince said.

“The government hopes that a corona vaccine can be in place by the turn of the year and that we can once again live life as we wish. The government thanks everyone who has worked hard to fight the pandemic.

In a very demanding time, we have seen Norway at its very best. Together we have achieved a lot. Together we will persevere. Until we have our everyday life back,” the Crown Prince stated.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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