The King of Norway’s emotionally charged speech demands the world accept LGBT people and refugees
King Harald V of Norway made an impassioned plea to the world for unity and inclusively. Following a large influx of refugees that have come into his country, he seems to have been inspired to encourage compassion.
“Norwegians are girls who love girls, boys who love boys, and boys and girls who love each other,” the King said in his speech. “Norwegians believe in God, Allah, everything and nothing. Norwegians are also immigrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Poland, Sweden, Somalia and Syria. It is not always easy to say where we come from, to which nationality we belong. Home is where the heart is. That cannot always be placed within country borders.”
King Harald V was speaking to a crowd of over 1,000 guests attending a garden party at the Royal Palace in Oslo, the UK Independent reported.
“In other words: you are Norway,” he continued. “We are Norway. My biggest hope for Norway is that we will manage to take care of each other, that we can build this country further on trust, solidarity and generosity.”
Like the United Kingdom, Norway is a constitutional monarchy and the king’s role is largely ceremonial but is often known for setting a tone for a country.
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