King Harald bound for the USA

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Norway’s King Harald V will be making another official visit to the US this spring, traveling to some of the areas that attracted a lot of Norwegian immigrants in the 1800s and 1900s.

King Harald PHOTO: Det Kongelige Slottet

King Harald PHOTO: Det Kongelige Slottet

The monarch will visit Seattle, Washington for the first time in 20 years on May 22-23 before moving on to Alaska. While in the state of Washington, King Harald will receive an honorary doctorate from the heavily Norwegian Pacific Lutheran University on the occasion of its 125th anniversary.

Norway’s foreign ministry reported that the king’s program will include meetings with Norwegian and American business executives and representatives of Norwegian-Americans in Washington.

In Alaska, King Harald will be discussing Arctic issues with local experts and meet with more business executives and, likely, representatives of the Norwegian-American community. The monarch is due to be in Anchorage from May 27-28. staff