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Old 08-09-2004, 12:04 PM
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Glad you liked the pics liliawodna! You may use them on your Yahoo forum if you wish.

Gigi, I'm afraid you're right about the planned move to NY. It's still on according to the Norwegian newspapers. However, Märtha Louise has a few more engagements before she leaves so we still have a chance for more pics of her.
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Glad you liked the pics liliawodna! You may use them on your Yahoo forum if you wish.
Thanks Mandy! I would like to place one of them on my site's homepage.
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Old 08-11-2004, 12:49 PM
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Smile Märtha Louise to open SOS-children village.

I found an article in Nettavisen that I believe says that Märtha Louise will open another SOS-children's village in the near future. Would someone translate please. Thanks in advance.
Here is the link.
http://pub.tv2.no/nettavisen/innenri...icle263890.ece
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[QUOTE=Mandy]June 15, 2004 - Märtha Louise opens HiS Congress in Stavanger

HiS is University College of Stavanger. They have a special centre for research on reading. And Märtha Louise has certainly put reading in the form of fairy tales in people's awareness. Which is why was chosen to open the congress.

Incidentally, HiS is the closest college to my home, and I've taken two year of studies there.
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I found an article in Nettavisen that I believe says that Märtha Louise will open another SOS-children's village in the near future. Would someone translate please. Thanks in advance.
Here is the link.
http://pub.tv2.no/nettavisen/innenri...icle263890.ece
NEW SOS CHILDREN'S VILLAGE:
Märtha to Murmansk
11.08.04 13:29

The Russian city Kandalaksha on the Kola penisula will have a visit from a genuine princess when a new SOS children's village is opened this weekend.

(Foto: Scanpix)

Around 100 children from Murmansk county will have a new home in the new Children's village in Kandalaksha, a three to four hour drive south of Murmansk city. The Children's village has cost 22 milion NKR to build, and 95 % of the amount has been contributed by Norwegian sponsors and private givers, General Secretary Svein Grønnern from SOS Children's Villages Norway tell NTB.

Princess Märtha Louise is high protector of SOS children's villages Norway, and have formerly opened children's villages in Estonia and Vietnam.

While visiting Murmansk the princess will also be visiting a youth project and meet representatives for several of the foster families that get support from SOS Children's villages Norway.

Take their time.
The children village in Kandalaksha with twelve family houses and an adjoining field to practise sport on is mostly done.

-But we take our time to get the children comfortable in the village. The plan says there shall be seven to eight children in each house. Every child shall have good time to acclimate themselves to their new family, to make the transition from their former life as easy as possible, Information manager in SOS Children's vilages Norway, Synne Rønning tells NTB.

Siblings who so far have been in separate fosterhomes, or institutions will in the future be living in the same family in the Children's village

- We do mostly wish to have children under the age of ten in the village, but if they have older brothers or sisters they will move into the same family, Rønning says.

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In Murmansk County there are about 3.000 orphans, or neglected children, who live in institutions or foster care. Now about 100 of them are given the possibility of a new future with mother and siblings in a house of their own.

Each of the families in the village have their own unity- a total of 12 houses, and all the houses are named after their Norwegian sponsors.


The plans for a Norwegian financed Children's village in the Murmansk area started in the late 1990s with the Norwegian action: "Help the neighbours' kids. The Children's village in Kandalaksha is the fourth SOS Children's village in Russia. The World wide organization SOS- Children's villages started their work in Russia in 1989.

Taking a trip.

It's not just the princess who's taking a trip to the Kola penisula this weekend. Joining her are about 130 people, among them sponsors, and other friends, volunteers, and employees of Children's villages.

- In addition to our board director, Sigbjørn Johnsen, General Secretary Svein Grønnern, and head of SOS- Children's Villages council, Kaci Kullman Five, joining the group that travels to Murmansk, Synne Rønning says. The journey is by charter plane from Oslo.

Among the many volunteers are also two pupils from Medkila School in Harstad. The pupils at Medkila are especially engaged in the work that SOS children's villages does.






Perhaps a little wonky translation, but I did my best in the time I had.
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Old 08-11-2004, 02:07 PM
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Are they still planing to move to New York city?
http://www.vg.no/pub/vgart.hbs?artid=237416 (In Norwegian, sorry)

The basic is that they, as far as VG knows, haven't got a place to live yet.

They're planning to move in October, but don't want to pay rent on a place that will be unoccupied until then.
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Old 08-11-2004, 03:52 PM
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NEW SOS CHILDREN'S VILLAGE:
Märtha to Murmansk......

Perhaps a little wonky translation, but I did my best in the time I had.
Much better than I would have done Anne! Give or take a few years... with a dictionary! Thank you so much.
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Old 08-15-2004, 03:54 PM
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Smile Princess Märtha Louise opens SOS children village

Scanpix picture http://www.nrk.no/img/396842.jpeg
Article link http://www.nrk.no/nyheter/innenriks/...t/4000206.html
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Princess' family New York-bound at last

After a few postponements, Princess Martha Louise and her husband Ari Behn are going ahead with their long-planned move to New York City. The couple will take their baby daughter Maud Angelica and launch a new life in the Big Apple from October.


The princess and her author husband, known for his attraction to the trendy urban lifestyle, initially wanted to move to New York soon after they married in 2002. But then she got pregnant and wanted to have the baby in Norway.

Plans to move resurfaced, and were made public, in early 2003, only to be put on ice once again, allegedly because the princess' brother, Crown Prince Haakon, was expecting his first child and next heir to the throne.

Princess Martha Louise and Ari Behn had planned to move with their new daughter Maud Angelica in October of last year, but then Behn had a new book coming out and the princess said she wanted to stay in Norway until Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit's child was born.

That happened in January, but by then King Harald had been diagnosed with bladder cancer. Once again, the move to New York was put off.

With their royal connections, the family won't have any trouble getting the otherwise difficult-to-obtain visas and residence permits for the US. Speculation rose earlier this summer, however, that the move to New York was being postponed indefinitely because the couple reportedly was having trouble finding a place to live.

But when asked about the move during a visit to a children's home in Russia on Sunday, Princess Martha Louise told newspaper Aftenposten, that the move was back on. "Yes, we're moving," she said, after first saying she didn't want to answer.

The move will occur in October, but the princess gave no further details. The couple's new home in suburban Lommedalen is due to undergo extensive renovations, presumably making it convenient for the couple to seek lodgings elsewhere, but expansion plans at the property have raised protests from environmentalists.
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Old 08-16-2004, 09:59 AM
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Fugledans og sterke inntrykk for Märtha

Dagen startet med en munter fugledans for prinsesse Märtha Louise. Men senere mandag fikk Russlands-besøket et langt mer alvorlig preg for SOS-barnebyers høye norske beskytter.

Avdukning. Prinsesse Märtha Louise avduker en plakett under den offisielle åpningen av SOS-ungdomsprosjekt i den russiske byen Montsjegorsk mandag.


Et besøk på en institusjon for handikappede og mentalt tilbakestående barn i byen Montsjegorsk på Kola-halvøya gjorde et sterkt inntrykk på prinsessen og de øvrige i det norske følget. Her er 215 barn i alderen fire til 18 år plassert. De yngste barna var plassert på store sovesaler med rundt 20 senger i hver.

- Det var sterkt å se, veldig sterkt, var prinsessens kommentar etter besøket.

Fosterfamilier og fugledans
Prinsesse Märtha Louise overnattet i gjestehuset i SOS-barnebyen i Kandalaksha ved Kvitsjøen natt til mandag. Før hun dro videre til Montsjegorsk, møtte hun flere fosterfamilier i Kandalaksha. Møtet fant sted i barnebyen, og flere av barna og de voksne tok prinsessen med seg i en munter fugledans etter en orientering om fosterhjemsprosjektet som er unikt i russisk sammenheng.

Russerne har hittil sendt de fleste foreldreløse og forsømte barn til store institusjoner. Nå får barn i Murmansk fylke mulighet til å komme til en fosterfamilie fremfor på institusjon.

Til sammen 56 familier og 89 barn er på plass i prosjektet som foreløpig drives i regi av SOS-barnebyer Norge. Både fra norsk og russisk side er man veldig fornøyd med prosjektet, som har pågått siden 2000. Etter planen skal Murmansk fylke selv overta finansiering og oppfølging fra neste år.

15-åringen Alona, som engasjerte Märtha til fugledans, er en av seks biologiske søsken som for et par år siden fikk to nye fostersøsken i familien.

- Jeg synes det var vanskelig til å begynne med. Men jeg forstår jo at mange barn trenger en ny familie. Nå går det veldig bra, sier Alona til NTB og ser kjærlig på sin to år yngre fostersøster Sasha. Sammen med en tredje søster, Kristina, synger de i skolekoret og er ellers svært aktive med sang og dans.

http://www.aftenposten.no/multimedia...pg_215065h.jpg

http://www.aftenposten.no/multimedia..._j_215064h.jpg
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The princess and her author husband, known for his attraction to the trendy urban lifestyle, initially wanted to move to New York soon after they married in 2002. But then she got pregnant and wanted to have the baby in Norway.
Thanks liliawodna for the pictures of Martha Louise in Russia. They are lovely.

In regards to the move, I wonder if they might post-pone their move to NYC yet again if perhaps Martha Louise becomes pregnant a second time?

While reading this article it seemed a bit like one of the pair (I guess Martha Louise) doesn't really want to move to NYC with all the post-poning of it. While I can see that some of the reasons for post poning moves to NYC are reasonable (Norwegian-born princess wants to give birth to her own child in Norway and her father becoming sick with cancer), other reasons don't seem so reasonable. Was it really necessary for Martha Louise and Ari to post pone their move to wait for Mette-Marit to have her and Haakon's first baby? Why couldn't they have moved then returned to Norway for an extended stay when Ingrid Alexandra was born?
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Old 08-16-2004, 10:50 AM
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Smile Märtha Louise in Kandalaksha Russia- more pics

August 15, 2004 - Märtha Louise in Kandalaksha Russia opening SOS children village.
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Thanks liliawodna for the pictures of Martha Louise in Russia. They are lovely.
Yes, especially the one with the little girl hugging Martha Louise. Really sweet...
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i loved the 4th, holding the hands of the two little girls... lovely.
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one could say that in a way she's lukcy the succession laws changed after her brother was born and unlike sweden it didn't apply to her otherwise all the pressure would be on her and she can move overseas if she wants.

i must say it is odd they postponed their move for a few superficial reasons but who knows. sounds like it was easier for her husband to live in NY and be a bohemian writer (i mean please "trendy urban" can be found in london or anywhere else in the world like paris). sounds like the US is a nice way to cash in on royal ties but also be away from the media and spotlight that would dog them in norway.
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Commentary from Aftenposten re: the move.

http://www.aftenposten.no/meninger/k...icle849443.ece
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The Palace needs Princess Märtha Louise.

Princess Märtha Louise confirmed Sunday, while travelling in Murmansk, that she, Ari and Maud Angelica will be moving to New York in October.


WENCHE FUGLEHAUG

Murmansk
For how long the family will be gone, nobody knows right now. What is clear, however, is that the Palace needs Märtha. But of course nobody, neither at court or in the Royal family, who will deny them to move "over there."

Princess Märtha Louise is popular, and she represents, mostly, the Royal family and Norway in an excellent way. She has more than 30 invitations weekly from kindergartens, schools, libraries and various arrangements who wants her royal shine and sparkle. She is also high protector of several organisations, and is of course present in weddings and birthdays of family and friends in the royal European big family. She creates news around herself, her family and her country.

Everybody understands that she and Ari would like to spend a few years in the metropol of New York before they seriously settle down in Bærum where Maud Angelica will be starting school in 5 years. Even if she moves away for a few years it doesn't necessarily mean that she won't be helping the king and the rest of the family with the official assignments. But she will naturally represent in Norway, less for a while.

It means more work for King Harald, Queen Sonja and the crown prince couple. It will probably work just fine, but even if the king has been deemed well, he and Sonja are both 67 years old*. Neither of them are planning quieter days, but they probably feel that it's nice to be relieved from some of the duties at times. That relief firstly comes from Crown Prince Haakon, who said he wanted to take time off** when Ingrid Alexandra was born. It is not just the constitutional reasons why the time off hasn't happened yet. Also Royals can be stuck with too little time.

It is the female royals who're the most popular with the photographers and journalists. With Märtha abroad, there will be much more pressure on Sonja and Mette-Marit. In Murmansk SOS Children's Villages have received much press. A large group of reporters are along, because Märtha is. She has, as usual, done a good job, even if she seems a little tired, something she said she was because of the long journey. She's also very selective in which questions she answers, and makes her own conclusion to which she defines as personal or irrelevant. Norwegian and Russian journalists have all noticed.

But Märtha Louise sells almost anywa. No Royals, No Media coverage. The Organizations know it, and the Palace knows it. That's why Märtha is wanted back in Norway before she's even left.




*- 67 years is the mandatory Norwegian retirement age. The Royals, however, are not covered by it.
** - All Norwegian fathers have the option of taking a month off work when their children are born, or later, to spend it alone with the child. The mothers can be present, or they can go back to work in this time, allowing father and child to get to know each other.
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one could say that in a way she's lukcy the succession laws changed after her brother was born and unlike sweden it didn't apply to her otherwise all the pressure would be on her and she can move overseas if she wants.

i must say it is odd they postponed their move for a few superficial reasons but who knows. sounds like it was easier for her husband to live in NY and be a bohemian writer (i mean please "trendy urban" can be found in london or anywhere else in the world like paris). sounds like the US is a nice way to cash in on royal ties but also be away from the media and spotlight that would dog them in norway.
I think Märtha is quite happy about it too. It gives her a freedom that her brother doesn't have.

We don't really know why it was postponed. In my opinion, it is not a superficial reason to want to be close to your father when he is ill. Nor is it a superficial reason to be around when your niece is born, and you have to help out with the extra Royal duties from your father, and sister-in-law, both whom were out of the royal duties taking for a while. Any other reasons they might have had might be more superficial
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I think Märtha is quite happy about it too. It gives her a freedom that her brother doesn't have.

We don't really know why it was postponed. In my opinion, it is not a superficial reason to want to be close to your father when he is ill. Nor is it a superficial reason to be around when your niece is born, and you have to help out with the extra Royal duties from your father, and sister-in-law, both whom were out of the royal duties taking for a while. Any other reasons they might have had might be more superficial
Well said norwerigianne! IMO, royals have similar feelings towards their families that we have so it would be natural to help, grieve, laugh etc.. Afterall, they are human too.
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Article about Märtha Louise in HELLO! magazine

Here's an article in www.hellomagazine.com about Märtha Louise's move to New York.
http://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty.../marthalouise/
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