Visit by Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway
|King Harald V of Norway and Prime Minister Tony Abbott|
"Their Majesties will visit Canberra, Sydney and Perth, accompanied by a high-level delegation of senior government and business leaders.
"Australia and Norway share a warm relationship. Trade between our nations last year was worth over $1.2 billion.
"We both have strong oil, gas and mining sectors. Significant Norwegian companies have invested in Australia’s energy, metals and agriculture sectors.
"More than 23,000 Australians have Norwegian ancestry.
"I look forward to meeting Their Majesties during their visit to Australia and welcome the growing strength of the ties between our nations.
King Harald V, who turned 78 on Saturday, was joined by Queen Sonja as the Norwegian vocals of the touring Kori I choir echoed through the atrium of the Yarralumla hotel.
Norwegian flags were raised on Commonwealth Avenue on Sunday afternoon to mark the arrival of the king and queen on their first official trip to Australia.
|Their Majesties met Bill Shorten and Tanya Plibersek, the Leader and the Deputy Leader of the Opposition.|