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Why has the speech delivered by the King of Norway gone viral

Il discorso del re di Norvegia che è riuscito a diventare popolare perché sovverte lo stereotipo del monarca. 5 minuti di elogio alla diversità e alla tolleranza.

A speech in favour of the importance of diversity and tolerance, delivered by an octogenarian monarch who has been reigning over Scandinavia for 25 years, has become one of the most viewed and liked contents of the week on Facebook. It’s not a hoax or the plot of a movie by Wes Anderson, but what has happened to King Herald V of Norway. He held a 5-minute speech before 1,500 people who gathered in the park of the Royal Palace in Oslo in occasion of his 25th anniversary on the throne.

La famiglia reale norvegese (Harald V è il primo signore da destra) nella foto di Ragnar Singsaas per Getty Images
Norway’s royal family  (Harald V is on the right) Photo by Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images

Welcoming people coming from far

King Herald talked about many issues, such as inclusiveness and acceptance towards migrants. “It’s not always easy to say where we are from, what nationality we are. Home is where our heart is,” said Herald V. “That cannot always be placed within country borders”. The king said that his grandparents immigrated to Norway from Sweden and England 100 years ago.

The northern European country has a population of 5 million people and is handling some 30,000 requests for asylum submitted by refugees who entered the country this year. 5,500 of them are Syrians who biked from Russia.

The King of Norway has praised Norwegians because “they work to keep the country clean and free from waste and find new solutions for a sustainable future”.

Rifugiati siriani arrivati in Norvegia passando dalla Russia © Lev FedoseyevTASS via Getty Images)
Syrian refugees who arrived in Norway passing through Russia © Lev FedoseyevTASS via Getty Images

Tolerance towards LGBT couples and all religions

Harald V has also backed the rights of LGBT couples and the freedom of religion: “Norwegians are girls who love girls, boys who love boys, and boys and girls who love each other. Norwegians believe in God, Allah, everything, and in nothing”.

The video has gone viral (with more than 3 million views on Facebook) probably because it has broken the stereotype of the person who usually delivers a speech of this kind (a monarch), while responding to a social tension. An 80-year-old monarch, which is thought to act as a conservative person who wants to maintain the status quo, has behaved like “Obama” (this is the reason of the featured image) and has opened his kingdom to the word: “My greatest hope for Norway is that we will be able to take care of one another”.

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