Royals get new roof over their heads

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The government’s revised state budget, released Tuesday, contains one fairly unusual item: NOK 112 million (aroung USD 18 million) for a new roof for the Royal Palace in Oslo.

The old roof, reports news bureau NTB, has been leaking and the state agency in charge of state-owned buildings (Statsbygg) has approved the roofing project in cooperation with state historic preservation agency Riksantikvaren and staff at the palace.

The entire palace underwent a major renovation in the 1990s that greatly exceeded its budget. Only the roof over the palace’s two wings was improved during that project, however, while the roof over the main part of the building wasn’t touched.

The palace itself is 160 years old. The roofing project is expected to get underway next year.

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