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President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Lauri Hussar, who is on a visit to Norway, today opened the exhibition of the most beautiful Estonian books in Bodø, which was named the European Capital of Culture for 2024 along with Tartu.

Hussar thinks that the exhibition highlights the excellent cooperation between Estonia and Norway in the field of culture. “Numerous joint events organised during the year of the European Capital of Culture, from high-level concerts and shows to exhibitions, are an example of the vibrant cultural cooperation between our countries. Through these projects, we celebrate the friendship between our two countries, together with European values and cultural traditions,” he said at the opening of the exhibition.

The exhibition that was opened at Stormen Library shows books that were published last year by Estonian publishers, and are designed and illustrated by Estonian artists or graphic designers and printed in Estonia. The 25 most beautiful books in Estonia were selected in a competition that has been held since 1998.

In Bodø, which is located north of the Arctic Circle, and this year bears the title of the European Capital of Culture along with Bad Ischl and Tartu, the President of the Riigikogu met with Mayor Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen and Deputy Chair of the County Government Marianne Dobak Kvensjø. In the afternoon, he will visit the Norwegian Joint Headquarters to get an overview of the security situation in Northern Europe and the Arctic Region and the development plans of the Norwegian Armed Forces, and also go to the Norwegian Aviation Museum and Nordland Cultural Centre. First Vice President of the Storting Svein Harberg also participates in the visit.

Yesterday, Hussar was in Oslo and met with King of Norway Harald V, President of the Storting Masud Gharahkhani and members of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence of the Storting to discuss the supporting of Ukraine, countering Russia’s aggression and preparations for the oncoming NATO Summit in Washington. Hussar also visited the University of Oslo and the headquarters of Orkla Group, and met with the representatives of the Estonian community in Norway.

The President of the Riigikogu is accompanied on the visit by Vice-President of the Riigikogu, Chairman of the Estonia-Norway Parliamentary Friendship Group Toomas Kivimägi and member of the Parliamentary Friendship Group Kristina Šmigun-Vähi.

Photos (Erik Peinar / Chancellery of the Riigikogu)

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