Saturday, August 23, 2014

200th Anniversary of the Convention of Moss.

Photo: Vidar Ruud/NTB Scanpix
On August 14, 1814, the Convention of Moss was signed. King Christian Frederik chose peace. It was the beginning of the union and the 200 years of peace between Norway and Sweden. Both Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit visited Moss on the occasion of the anniversary. Crown Prince Haakon gave the main speech during the gala event at the Mill Arena.
Crown Prince Haakon began his speech by describing the situation and the difficult choice the Norwegian king faced:
He could choose for Norway to keep fighting for independence of nation-state, thus risking another war with Sweden's superior military power. Or he could go for the negotiation option that will hopefully save lives, ensure the Constitution and a certain degree of national autonomy. 
Photo: Vidar Ruud/NTB Scanpix
The Crown Prince went on to talk about the importance of the choices we all must do, as individuals and as a society and how we as we celebrate Constitution Bicentennial not only celebrates the choices that were made in 1814, but also good choices we have made since to build and safe society.
The King's difficult decision was the beginning of 200 years of peace between the Nordic countries. (...) Throughout the proceedings he contributed, along with the Swedes, to save the Norwegian Constitution, and created largely foundations for the society we have today. He doubted his way to the result - as we often do in our main choices. And although we may not experience the fateful in our choices so clearly, we can choose the right thing for ourselves and for others. Every day. 
Photo: Vidar Ruud/NTB Scanpix


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