Prime Minister Støre meeting the King and Queen of the Netherlands

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre had a constructive meeting with Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands today. The close and mutually beneficial relationship between the two countries was the focus of the discussion.

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre with their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands.
Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre with their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands. Credit: Marte Kopstad/Office of the Prime Minister

The King and Queen of the Netherlands are conducting a state visit to Norway from 9–11 November. As part of their programme in Oslo, they participated in a seminar on how to combat hate speech and promote freedom of expression. They will also be visiting Trondheim, where they will attend events on sustainable ocean management and the energy transition. The programme for the visit reflects the broad scope of cooperation between Norway and the Netherlands.  

‘The close ties between Norway and the Netherlands are a useful reminder of how much there is to gain from European cooperation. Norway’s participation in the EU’s climate-related initiatives and the Green Deal will pave the way for even stronger collaboration in the years ahead. This will be vital both for mitigating climate change and for encouraging job creation in Norway.’ said Prime Minister Støre.

‘Our countries are also Allies in NATO, and enjoy long-standing defence cooperation that helps to promote both national and Allied security,’ Mr Støre said.

The meeting was also attended by Foreign Minister of the Netherlands, Mr Ben Knapen.