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New land area named after King Harald

 

"King Harald V Land" is the new name of an area on the eastern part of the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard.

 

That makes King Harald the third Norwegian king to have an area on Svalbard named after him.

The Norwegian Polar Institute is in charge of naming areas in the Polar Regions. On September 15th the naming committee decided that the Eastern part of Svalbard would be named Harald V Land.

Harald V Land is a large area of approximately 6500 square kilometers. The majority is covered by a large sheet of ice, which makes up most of the largest glacier on Svalbard, and one of the biggest in Europe.

King Harald took his first private trip to Svalbard in August. He had no official program, but wanted to get to know the nature and environment. He visited several parts of the Eastern and Northern Svalbard by boat and helicopter.

"The engagement that the King and the royals have for climate, the environment and the Polar Regions is very strong, and we really appreciate that, says Jan-Gunnar Winther, director of the Norwegian Polar Institute.

Other royal area names at Svalbard includes both Swedish and Norwegian kings, including King Haakon VII, who had an area north east at Spitsbergen named after him in 1915. Olav V Land is the name of the eastern-most area on the same island.

(NRK)

 


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