His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon
Crown Prince Haakon was born in Oslo on 20 July 1973. He has one sister, Her Highness Princess Märtha Louise. The Crown Prince married Miss Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby in Oslo Cathedral on 25 August 2001.
There are three children in the Crown Prince and Crown Princess’s family: Marius Borg Høiby, Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra and His Highness Prince Sverre Magnus.
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 organisations 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.
The Crown Prince is very active in the international sphere, and has a particular interest in development cooperation.
In autumn 2003 he was appointed as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). In this capacity he has been on field visits to East Timor, Zambia, Haiti, Nepal, Botswana, Tanzania, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, Guatemala, Burundi and Mongolia. In his work for UNDP, Crown Prince Haakon has put special emphasis on the fight to alleviate poverty – first through the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, and then through the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN in 2015.
The Crown Prince was an active member of the Young Global Leaders network from its establishment in 2005 and up to 2010. The network originated in the World Economic Forum, and consists of young leaders under 40 years old from various sectors and parts of the world. Between 2010 and 2017 the Crown Prince served as a member of the Young Global Leaders Foundation Board.
One outcome of his participation in the Young Global Leaders network was the establishment of the Global Dignity organisation. In cooperation with the head of Operation Hope, John Bryant of the US, and Professor Pekka Himanen of Finland, the Crown Prince established this worldwide initiative in 2006 to promote values-based leadership. Each year Crown Prince Haakon took part in “Dignity Days” at schools throughout Norway until the activities were discontinued in Norway in 2016. The organisation has continued in many countries, however, and the Crown Prince has retained his role as international adviser.
The Crown Prince has many leisure interests, including winter sports, water sports, film, literature and music.
The Crown Prince and Crown Princess have an active family life and spend a great deal of time with their children enjoying outdoor recreational activities, from skiing in the winter to sailing and hiking at other times of the year.