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Refuses to abdicate: - Shall sit to the bitter end

king Harald (81), as the next week fills 82 years, has struggled with some health challenges the last few years, is no secret. At in april of last year was king Harald on sick leave as a result of congestion and pain in the one foot.

As we see in the royal family in other countries, already has more kings abdisert from his position as a result of age and disease. This country is the question of how long the kong Harald will sit at the throne, therefore of course, often asked.

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For king Harald, however, it is not even a theme. In a larger interview with Dagens Næringsliv this week, reveals to the king that he has no plan to abdicate.

I have made an oath to the Parliament that I believe lasts a lifetime. Simple as that, " says the king to the newspaper.


According to the king himself, we have here in Norway the tradition that the king sits, as long as you absolutely can.

When king Harald's father, king Olaf, became seriously ill, Harald was appointed as the regent. Nevertheless, the set Olav the course, until his death in 1991.

OOOOPS...: King Harald utela several sections of its trontale under åpninga of the 160. Parliament. Video: NTB Scanpix Show more Show more

To DN tell king Harald that there will be no difference with him on the throne.

- No, not kong Haakons either. But the way it's been, the two times I have experienced tronskifter, the king has been on sick leave in the last eighteen months. When the crown prince become regent, and entered in tralten. It's been tradition in this country that we hold on to "the bitter end", he says.

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There are, as mentioned, not uncommon that the monarchs choose to give the baton on before they go away.

According to the Look and Hørs kongehusekspert, Caroline Vagle, however, it is more common in the Netherlands, Belgium and outside Europe.

This happened among others in 2013, when the belgian king Albert II abdicated and his son Philippe (58) took over the throne.

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In December 2017 also created Japan's emperor Akihito headlines, when he announced that he would be the first emperor in 200 years to voluntarily leave "the Chrysanthemum-throne".

Not surprised

Vagle is not surprised that king Harald refuses to abdicate.

In Norway, it is not tradition that the king is known, nor in the united Kingdom, Denmark and Sweden. The king has repeatedly stated that he considers the oath he has taken our life, " she says.

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Although the king of Norway do not have plans to hand over the throne to crown prince Haakon with the first, the crown prince already had a taste of the duties he has in store.

When king Harald was on sick leave in the last year, stepped Haakon as regent for the king during the period he was sick.

Then he had to take over the work including furnishing of the King's medal of merit. The crown prince also had to take over the king's regular audience and a minister of the Castle.

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