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2005 – a special year for Norway

In 2005 we celebrate the centenary of the peaceful dissolution of the union between Norway and Sweden. The centennial anniversary will be commemorated both in Norway and abroad.

The centennial anniversary will be celebrated all over the world, and with a special focus on 11 countries. We will present a programme consisting of more than 500 events that is aimed to show a multi-faceted view of Norway.

This will include concerts, festivals, exhibitions, exchange programmes and seminars. Furthermore, the members of the Norwegian royal family will make several official visits abroad, and there will be both state and official visits to Norway during 2005. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for the centennial anniversary programme abroad

The events of 1905 were set in motion by foreign policy developments, and 2005 marks one hundred years of Norwegian foreign service, with close ties to key partner countries and participation in the international community. This will also be commemorated.

For more information about the Anniversary and the celebrations, please visit the Norway 2005 Potal.

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King Haakon VII and Queen Maud were crowned in Nidarosdomen in Trondheim in 1906Photo: Aschehoug forlags arkiv/ Utenriksdepartementet