The Norwegian Royal House has published the official program for this visit
10.00 The King and Queen visit WHO, Geneva
11.35 The King and Queen visit UNHCR, Geneva
13.30 The King and Queen attend lunch reception, Hotal Beau Rivage,Geneva
16.15 The King and Queen visit CERN, Geneva
11.30 The King and Queen starts a statevisit to Switzerland
12.00 the swiss goverment gives a lunch, Bern
15.00 Official welcomming ceremony
15.20 The King and Queen visit the Swiss parlament, Bern
16.00 The King spekes with the Swiss President
16.00 The Queen visit Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern
16.40 Press meeting
17.00 The King and Queen attends a seminar of traffic safty
17.30 The King and Queen attends a MR-conference, Bern
20.00 Official dinner
10.00 The King and Queen visit Appenzell
12.25 The King and Queen visit St.Gallen
14.45 The King and Queen visits library, St Gallen
15.45 The King and Queen visit the University, St Gallen
16.50 Press meeting
18.00 The King and Queen is presen for opening of Munch exhibition, Schiffbau - Zürich
Article in Aftenposten on the King and Queens visit to Switzerland.
Royals head for Switzerland
King Harald and Queen Sonja set off Monday on a state visit to Switzerland. Norway has a lot in common with the land-locked country in the heart of Europe.
High prices, a refusal to join the European Union and a passion for skiing are just some of the traits shared by Switzerland and Norway. And the man who was the Norwegian royal couple's closest adviser is now Norway's ambassador to the home of the Matterhorn.
King Harald V (C) and Queen Sonja of Norway speak to journalists with Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store (L) after a visit 04 April 2006 at the headquarters of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva. Norway, the sixth largest financial contributor, is a strong supporter of the UN refugee agency, providing the first-ever high commissionner.
Norwegian minister of foreign affairs Jonas Gahr Store (From L) Queen Sonja, King Harald V of Norway and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Antonio Guterres pose with a bust of Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen, the first High Commissioner for refugees and 1922 Nobel peace prize laureate, after a visit 04 April 2006 at the UNHCR headquarters in Geneva
King Harald V of Norway (From L) Queen Sonja and CERN general director, Robert Aymar of France, pose in front of the ATLAS experiement, during their visit at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), 4 April 2006 in Geneva
Norwegian press is reporting that they are not travelling SAS as planned because there is a possible strike on the way amongst the cabine personell (always in time for vacation ) so the forreign ministry has chartered a Sterling plane to be sure the royal couple and entourage will be on time during the visit
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Photos from Polfoto
#1: Swiss Federal President Moritz Leuenberger, right, and King Harald V of Norway, center, look on as Queen Sonja receives flowers from a maid of honour in front of the house of parliament in Berne, Switzerland Wednesday, April 5, 2006.
#2: King Harald V of Norway, left, Queen Sonja, center, and Swiss Federal President Moritz Leuenberger, right, pose for the photographers in the house of parliament in Berne, Switzerland, Wednesday, April 5, 2006.