Crown Princess Mette-Marit begins annual literature train

Photo: Sara Svanemyr, The Royal Court

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway has kicked off this year’s literary train.

Beginning in 2014, The Crown Princess’s Literary Train has travelled through Norway to spread the joy of reading.

This year’s train is travelling through Elverum, Alvdal and Røros. It contains many different books for people to enjoy, including some from the royal’s personal collection.

The first stop on the journey this year was Elverum, where the Crown Princess was welcomed by State Administrator Knut Storberget, Mayor Lillian Skjærvik and acting Police Chief Tom Johnsen. She visited the library and met ambulance driver Ulf Grindahl who is part of the project “Men in uniform read.”

Crown Princess Mette-Marit also attended Litteraturtoget’s first literary event with established Norwegian authors under the theme of forgiveness.

An avid reader, the Crown Princess spoke at the event about the importance of literature: “Literature, it is worth celebrating every single day. It opens the door to new perspectives, it gives us room to get to know ourselves and each other better, and it is now also proven to lower blood pressure and increase concentration.”

This year’s train is organised by SJ Norge and the municipalities of Elverum, Alvdal and Røros.

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