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A Royal Opening of WTC 2017

It is with great honor and pride, the host of WTC 2017 can announce that His Royal Highness Crown Prince of Norway will open the World Tunneling Congress 2017 Monday the 12th of June.


The Crown Prince graduated from the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy in Bergen in 1995. In autumn 1996 he moved to the USA to study at the University of California at Berkeley, and received his BA in political science in spring 1999. The following autumn the Crown Prince was a member of Norway’s third delegation to the UN General Assembly. In 2001 he followed the Foreign Ministry’s trainee programme for diplomats, and completed his education in 2003 at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was awarded an MA in development studies, specializing in international trade and Africa.

The Crown Prince carries out a wide range of official assignments in Norway. He is the Royal Patron of multiple organizations and is regularly accompanied by large business delegations during official visits abroad.

The Crown Prince is very concerned about business and innovation, and each year he visits a number of companies and entrepreneurial endeavours. In 2013 he took the initiative to establish the SIKT conference, an annual gathering of some 200 leaders and talented individuals under 40 years of age from around Norway and various fields of business and industry. Over time the SIKT conference has developed into a thriving network with a large alumni group.

Crown Prince Haakon holds the rank of general in the Norwegian Armed Forces, admiral in the Norwegian Navy and general in the Norwegian Air Force.

We wish HRH welcome to Bergen in June.

Information about WTC 2017: here

Source: Norwegian Tunnelling Society (NFF)

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