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State visit to Kingdom of Norway

April 26, 2010

Svetlana Medvedeva accompanied Dmitry Medvedev on his state visit to Norway as President of Russia.

On the square in front of Norway's Royal Palace President Medvedev and his wife Svetlana met King Harald V of Norway, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon Magnus and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. The meeting was followed by a joint photography session inside the Royal Palace and an exchange of gifts.

President Medvedev's gift to King Harald V of Norway was a television film about Norway’s royal family from the Formula of Power series about the leaders of various countries. On the eve of the Russian President's state visit to Norway, that film was shown on Rossiya TV channel.

Dmitry and Svetlana Medvedev also gave the Norwegian royal couple several gifts in traditional Russian style, including a mammoth ivory sculpture, a coffee set containing two cups and saucers in the tradition of Russian miniature painting on enamel called finift (Rostov enamel), and a silver plated open work casket made by hand using the filigree technique that originated in Kazakovo: twisted fine wire and minute metal grains. This kind of artistic metalwork has been done in Russia since the 9th century. One of the largest centres for this decorative art is Kazakovo village in the Nizhny Novgorod Region.

In Oslo Svetlana Medvedeva and Queen Sonja visited the National Gallery and went for a walk in the famous Vigeland Sculpture Park, created by sculptor Gustav Vigeland from 1907 to 1942. The park features numerous sculptures created by Vigeland, mostly depicting people engaged in various typically human pursuits.

Earlier that day, Svetlana and Dmitry Medvedev attended a wreath-laying ceremony at the Monument to Soviet Soldiers who were killed in Norway during World War II.

In the evening King Harald V and Queen Sonja hosted a State Dinner in honour of the President of Russia and his wife Svetlana.

April 26, 2010