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Old 02-09-2008, 02:34 AM
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The cabins have been slightly delayed, so they won't be done by Easter (which is very early this year). Haakon and Mette-Marit will be celebrating Easter privately, according to the palace - but no information on how/where was released. The paper speculates in them either going abroad or to Lillehammer.
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Old 02-09-2008, 10:28 AM
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I can't wait to see the cabin when it is complete. I am happy to read that they are using environmentally-friendly methods to build the cabin. Regarding Easter, does the newspaper speculate any particular place that they might visit if they do go abroad?

I really enjoy reading about Haakon and Mette-Marit. They are so lovely and modern, and they seem very nice and down-to-earth.
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Old 05-20-2008, 10:48 AM
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Haakon and Mette-Marit have bought a second holiday home; this one by the sea.

They've bought a small island outside of Risør.

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How on earth will the police secure that place?
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Old 05-21-2008, 03:56 AM
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pictures of the island and house from ANP:

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I think its great to live the whole summer on the island
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Old 05-21-2008, 04:13 AM
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How on earth will the police secure that place?
It's actually a big problem, because of Norwegian legislation.

We have a law that regulates access to the beach-zone, meaning that everybody who wants to can go ashore. It's a law from 1957 that has been tightened up in recent years, and it is next to impossible to get an exemption from it. As it currently stands, everybody who wants to, can go ashore on the island, as long as they're not harming the area.

People in the article talk about how security concerns and issues of privacy may be the claims from the Crown Princely couple to get an exemption from the law.

Skjær i sjøen for kronprinsfamilien - Nyheter - Kongelige - Aftenposten.no
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I found article jn english in Aftenposten about the purchase:

Royals buy coastal hideaway - Aftenposten.no
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Wow! an island to themselves Very private indeed...

I'm happy that they were finally able to find a summer place.
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I found two galleries from Fvn.no .The first titled Kronprinsparets perle here:- Fvn.no: Kronprinsparets perle and the second titled Bildeserie fra Flatholmen here:- Fvn.no: Bildeserie fra Flatholmen
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Would they not be a bit scared of the lack of privacy that might come of it?
I guess not if they bought it. Would it be possible to build some sort of compound around the periphery? But I guess that defeats the purpose of beach and water?

Okay, what will the name of this resort vacation home be?

I don't know much about terrain in Norway .. is the island good?
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Would they not be a bit scared of the lack of privacy that might come of it?
I guess not if they bought it. Would it be possible to build some sort of compound around the periphery? But I guess that defeats the purpose of beach and water?

Okay, what will the name of this resort vacation home be?

I don't know much about terrain in Norway .. is the island good?
It's currently called Flatholmen, I doubt they'll change it.

The island is situated pretty well, but it's definitely a summer home in terms of wind and weather: given that there are few places to hide from the wind, and you have to get out there in boat…
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Another gallery from nrk.no can be found here:- Kronprinsøya - Sørlandet - NRK Nyheter
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I have found a couple of pictures from the inside here:- Kronprinsparets nye hytteparadis - Vårt Land - vl.no and here:- Kronprinsparets nye hytteparadis - Vårt Land - vl.no . The whole photo gallery can be found on vl.no on this link:- Kronprinsparets nye hytteparadis - Vårt Land - vl.no

I don't know what they were thinking, but I don't see any safety in it even for the children, the ground is rocky and the injuries could get too bad, that is beside the security issue. I wonder did they actually buy it or still negociating?
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I have found a couple of pictures from the inside here:- Kronprinsparets nye hytteparadis - Vårt Land - vl.no and here:- Kronprinsparets nye hytteparadis - Vårt Land - vl.no . The whole photo gallery can be found on vl.no on this link:- Kronprinsparets nye hytteparadis - Vårt Land - vl.no

I don't know what they were thinking, but I don't see any safety in it even for the children, the ground is rocky and the injuries could get too bad, that is beside the security issue. I wonder did they actually buy it or still negociating?
They bought it.

The rocky ground is quite common in that area, and the area is rather popular for the summer holiday.
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According to Aftenposten, they won't do any huge restorations, or add on to the existing building that is there - preferring the simple life over the more modern conveniences. (Quite possibly they learnt something from the experience in Kristiansand, even if the city council in Risør seems to be willing to bend over backwards to give them what they might want).

Allegedly the security teams will sleep in boats anchored up to the islands.
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Royals opt for an un-royal life at their new 'hytte' - Aftenposten.no

Inside the new 'royal hytte' - Aftenposten.no
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It seems like the royals again is stiring up a debate on their building plans. I found this article on CP Mette-Marit and CP Haakons plans on building a cabin near Kristiansand.

I've translated it myself, so it's not perfect, but I think you'll get the drift :)

Some explanations; SV is the Socialist Left party in Norway, and is known for being republican, the Right party is known for being monarchist.

We also have a law in Norway that says you can't build a house/cabin/building less than 100 metres from a beach/sea side. The beaches/sea side are supposed to be open for the public to use. But some municipalities gives suspensions from this law, giving private persons permission to have their private beach/sea side (fencing them in). And it causes discussion over and over again.

SV want to stop Mette-Marits dream cabin

Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon dream about building their vacation paradise near the beach at idyllic Flekkerøy at Kristiansand. But it could quickly create a quarrel. SV in Kristiansand have already reacted strongly to the rumours about the Crown Princely couples building plans at Naudetangen on Flekkerøy, and have had support from the locals.

“We don’t want the property to be re-regulated, and that it is made differences between royals and others. If the Crown Princely couple need 9843,4 m2 , it means that they also have to go into the free area. We mostly say no to cabins near the beach” says SVs municipality council member Gro Hareide to Dagbladet.

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The newspaper Fædrelandsvennen brought yesterday the news that Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon have been visiting the so-called NRK-property on Flekkerøya to have a closer look at the place.

“They fell for the place, and is interested in taking it over” says legal consultant Jon Holt with Kristiansand Eiendom to the newspaper. He expects that the municipality can take over the property from NRK sometime before Christmas. After that the municipality will re-regulate it and sell parts of the property to the Crown Princely couple.

Kristiansand Eiendom run Kristiansand municipalitys properties, and shall have taken on to get hold of the property after a request from the Palace in the late summer. The Crown Princely couples information advisor Sven Gj. Gjeruldsen says that there isn’t made any deals on a country estate. The couple has, according to Gjeruldsen, looked at several options. “I have no further comments to you” says Gjeruldsen.

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For several decades the broadcaster had their “middlewave” transmitter on the island. The SV politician Gro Hareide thinks it would be nice if the Crown Princely couple would have a cabin in Kristiansand, but she can’t understand why it is a municipality job to help the couple.

It the case reach political treatment, she will heavily protest a re-regualtion from a beach property to leasure purposes for the royals.The signal so fra from the Right pary is that it would be nice of the municipality to help the royals find a country estate in the home town of the Crown Princess.

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The sea side property lies perfectly in the landscape for the vacationing people who wants privacy, as the security of the individuals will be taken care of.

Hareide have now gotten unsuspected support from the inhabitants of Flekkerøya, which isn’t especially known for being SV-terrain.

SV vil stoppe <b> Mette-Marits </b> <b> drømmehytte </b> - Innenriks - Dagbladet.no
Thanks for this!

I just saw this refreshing article, in English, in the Aftenposten Site:

Royals opt for an un-royal life at their new 'hytte' - Aftenposten.no
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Crown couple rocks the boat with holiday home plans - Aftenposten.no
Rocks the boat?

Not anymore, according to the latest article about the holiday home plans (no remodel scheduled, apparently), in the Aftenposten (English) Site.
GOOD for the royal couple, making due like this!
I think this house is adorable, but, a bit tiny for a family of .... five, don't you?
Even I, who does not like royal extravagance or the appearance of it, would support enlarging this house and a remodel.

What do you guys think?

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Old 07-21-2008, 09:17 PM
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More pics of their new summer house in Flatholmen

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More pics of their new summer house in Flatholmen

Kronprinsøya - Sørlandet - NRK Nyheter
These are lovely ... thanks for sharing!

I like Picture 8 of the 19 uploaded: The swimming "grotto" looks really cool!
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