Crown Prince Haakon celebrates Norwegian Trade Fair Foundation – Royal Central
The Norwegian Trade Fair is important to Southeastern Norway and has a long royal tradition. Crown Prince Haakon helped mark the 100th anniversary of the Norwegian trade fair in the town of Lillestrøm.
The Crown Prince was welcomed to Viken County and Lillestrøm Town on November 18, 2021, by Deputy State Administrator Ingvild Aleksandersen, Mayor Jørgen Vik and Police Station Chief Grethe Løland. He was accompanied around the exhibition by CEO Gunn Helen Hagen and Chairman of the Board Jan Halstensen of the Norwegian Trade Fair Foundation. The anniversary was marked by stands, stage performances and festive speakers in the Lillestrøm exhibition center, where 500 employees, owners, customers and partners were present. The Crown Prince visited the engine, garden and boat stands as well as a historical exhibit that showed images of the opening by King Haakon in 1920
Additionally, Crown Prince Haakon spoke at the event, saying: “History shows that people have facilitated physical meeting places at almost all times. We need places to discuss, to experience something together and to exchange. In Norway, you were at the Norwegian trade fair very early on to create such a national meeting place. You and my family have followed each other for over 100 years. When the Norwegian Trade Fair Foundation invites these anniversaries, it is natural for us to be present. You are an important institution for the whole of society ”.
The Norwegian Trade Fair Foundation was founded in 1920. The need for a market for Norwegian goods arose after World War I, when Norway saw an influx of foreign goods. King Haakon and Queen Maud were present at the first Norwegian National Mass at Akershus Fortress in September 1920. The Crown Prince’s grandfather King Olav opened the Great Exhibition Hall in Sjølystsenteret in May 1962, while his father, King Harald, was present when the Norwegian trade fair moved to the new premises in the town of Lillestrøm.
The Norwegian Trade Fair Foundation has hosted a number of important and well-known events, such as Nor-Shipping, Bygg Reis Deg, Oslo Motor Show and Evolve Arena. The Lillestrøm exhibition center has now changed its name to NOVA Spektrum. The Norwegian Trade Fair Foundation also owns and operates Oslo Spektrum in Oslo.