President Kiska on Slovakia's first State Visit to Norway 4-6 June 2018

Kiska inside the Royal Palace
Their Majesties The King and Queen, President Kiska and Crown Prince Haakon at the Royal Palace. Photo credit: Royal Palace.

Slovak President Andrej Kiska on his country’s first state visit to Norway, 4-6 June 2018

“We have a wonderful relationship with Norway, and Norway can be an inspiration to Slovakia in many fields, such as science, research and innovation”, said Slovak President Andrej Kiska during the country’s first state visit to Norway, which took place from 4 to 6 June 2018 in Oslo and Bergen.

The successful three-day visit was kicked off on Monday 4 June with a welcoming ceremony at the Royal Palace, wreath-laying at Akerhus fortress, meeting with the President of Stortinget, and gala dinner at the Palace. The programme in Oslo also included a business seminar on “Building Smarter Cities”, visits to the global shipping company Wilhelmsen and the renowned Oslo Cancer Cluster on research and industry development, as well as an encounter with the Slovak community living in Norway. In a meeting with Prime Minister Solberg on 5 June the Prime Minister praised the good cooperation with Slovakia within EU, NATO and the UN, and underlined the importance of the EEA and Norway grants in the strengthening of the relations between the two countries, particularly in the fields of green economy, smart cities and health and welfare technologies, for more information see the link.

Slovakia’ s appreciation of the famous Norwegian author and Nobel prize laureate Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson was marked by a modern version of his play “Beyond Human Power II” at the National Theatre performed by the Slovak National Theatre – which received a long round of applause from the numerous audience, including Their Majesties and the President.  In Bergen the President and the Crown Prince with delegations visited the well reputed Bjerknes centre for climate research and the innovative clusters on media and technology at Media City.  The University of Bergen and the Slovak Academy of Sciences also signed a Memorandum of Understanding on future cooperation. 

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