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President Kaljulaid: a mutual understanding and close relations between Norway and Estonia serve as a sign of a strong friendship

President Kaljulaid: a mutual understanding and close relations between Norway and Estonia serve as a sign of a strong friendship
“Contacts between Norway and Estonia are closer than ever and we know that we can always rely and count on our Nordic ally,” said the President at the meeting.
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26.04.2018

"In Estonia, we appreciate that Norway never recognised the illegal annexation of Estonia by the Soviet Union and has been a good partner, friend and ally to Estonia since we regained our independence," said the President, Kersti Kaljulaid, today, at her meeting with the Royal Highnesses of Norway, Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit.

"Contacts between Norway and Estonia are closer than ever and we know that we can always rely and count on our Nordic ally," said the President at the meeting. She also thanked the royal couple for the knowledge and financial support that Norway gave us when we still lacked the resources and opportunities. "Our good mutual understanding also extends to security and trading relations," added the Head of State.

Close economic ties between the two countries were also discussed at the meeting. 85 Norwegian enterprises pursue activities in Estonia and more than 200 enterprises have made some sort of investment here; the feedback they have given to Estonia's business environment has been positive. There are also more than 1,000 Estonian companies in Norway, mostly involved in the timber sector; Norway shows growing interest in Estonia's digital and information and communication technology solutions. "I am also happy that Norway is interested in our e-governance solutions," said President Kaljulaid.

Their Royal Highnesses, Prince Haakon and Crown Princess of Norway, Mette-Marit, are in Estonia for a two-day official visit to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Estonia. Tomorrow, the Norwegian royal couple will open the Norwegian-Estonian business forum, organised by Innovation Norway and Enterprise Estonia (EE) and visit non-government organisations in Telliskivi Creative City and the Old Town of Tallinn.

Photos: press conference and official photos – Office of the President

Planting of the oak tree in Kadriorg Park within the framework of the "100 Estonian Oaks" initiative to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia and the 300th anniversary of Kadriorg Park – Raigo Pajula

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