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Danish-Norwegian Royal Couple Begins Official State Visit in Oslo

The Danish-Norwegian royal couple, King Frederik and Queen Mary, have just begun their official state visit to Oslo, where one of the main topics is future technology. The visit, which is the couple’s second as reigning monarchs, has been met with great pomp and circumstance in the Norwegian capital. Denmark’s ambassador to Norway, Louise Bang Jespersen, emphasizes the importance of the visit for Scandinavian relations, especially in these turbulent times. “It is crucial that we strengthen and further develop our close relationships,” she says.

During the visit, an important cooperation agreement will be signed between the University of Oslo and the Niels Bohr Institute in Denmark. The agreement focuses on research and development in quantum technology, an advanced technological discipline expected to revolutionize everything from climate to cybersecurity. Quantum technology is known for its ability to perform complex calculations that are not possible with current technology, and has the potential to significantly contribute to solving some of the world’s biggest challenges, including the climate crisis and medical breakthroughs. Ambassador Jespersen points out that collaboration on quantum technology will not only strengthen the ties between Denmark and Norway but also position the Nordic countries at the forefront of the global technological scene. “Individually, we in the Nordic countries can achieve a lot, but together, we can truly make a difference,” she says.

The state visit also involves discussions on sustainable architecture, nature conservation, and biodiversity, highlighting the broader themes of the royal couple’s visit. Although it is not the royal couple themselves who will sign the agreement, their presence plays a significant role in the negotiations and symbolizes the deep connection and ongoing collaboration between the two nations. The visit, which lasts from Tuesday to Wednesday, marks the beginning of several initiatives and projects that will be followed up on in the coming months. “This is just the beginning,” concludes Ambassador Jespersen.

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