Mette-Marit gets her master’s

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Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby had little higher education when she met and later married Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon. The former waitress and single mother from Kristiansand has been catching up ever since and now, as crown princess, has completed a master’s degree but won’t reveal its subject matter.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit, speaking at an international AIDS conference in Washington DC last week. PHOTO: Kongehuset.no

“She was relieved and happy” that her work towards an “Executive Master of Management” degree from Norwegian Business School BI was approved, palace spokeswoman Marianne Hagen told newspaper Dagbladet this week.

Hagen wouldn’t offer any details about the theme of the crown princess’ thesis, however, stating that “she doesn’t want to say anything about it.”

Dagbladet reported that Mette-Marit has taken three courses at BI since 2008, on leadership and consulting. An earlier planned thesis on humanitarian organizations, King Haakon and “servant leadership” wasn’t deemed good enough, according to Dagbladet.

The crown princess has earlier completed coursework at the University of Agder, the University of Oslo and at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, but the latter didn’t result in any degree.

“What’s been important for her is to learn and gain insight into issues that interest her,” Hagen told Dagbladet. “These are also issues that are relevant when she travels on behalf of Norway.”

Crown Princess Mette-Marit, who has three children, is perhaps best known for her work involving HIV/AIDS, and she took part in another international conference in Washington DC last week before heading for the Olympics in London.

Views and News from Norway/Nina Berglund

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