To have a good time Norway’s Nationwide Day and the 200 years anniversary of the Norwegian structure, the ambassador of Norway, Cecilie Landsverk hosted a reception at her residence.
A celebratory ambiance had been created with the residence adorned with lights and Norwegian paper flags — they had been caught in flowerpots; vases; lighting fixtures, in all places! Many visitors wore miniature flags on their lapels or attire. The reception was attended by many members of the diplomatic group; heads of NGO’s; Pakistani businessmen and Norwegian nationals residing in Islamabad.
Welcoming the gathering after the nationwide anthems of Norway and Pakistan had been performed, Ambassador Landsverk mentioned the nationwide day was really on the 17th, a day of peace and that’s when Norwegian youngsters will parade with flags everywhere in the nation, with each exercise concentrating on youngsters. “That is how we have a good time,” she mentioned, “Nevertheless, it is a particular yr as a result of we’re additionally celebrating 2000 years of our structure – which is a nationwide icon; the oldest in Europe and the second oldest on the planet. It has by no means been completely revised or rewritten.”
She then defined that the 1814 structure meant a whole change of the political system of Norway — because it was not a Danish colony below the rule of an ‘absolute’ monarch who dominated ‘by the grace of God’ — to being a constitutional and ‘restricted monarchy’ to at the present time. The separation of powers between the manager; legislative and judicial branches of the state is enshrined within the structure. It was thought-about a radical one at the moment, based mostly on the sovereignty of the folks, separation of powers and particular person rights. “As we have a good time we need to concentrate on the significance of reflection, openness; essential debate and free trade of opinions,” she mentioned, “These are the cornerstones of a contemporary, dynamic democracy and that is how we want to see our society in future.”
In conclusion she spoke of the ‘closeness’ of Pakistan and Norway since so many ‘new’ Norwegians had been from Pakistan and had contributed to Norway’s prosperity. “We’re grateful for that and at the present time can also be a possibility to pay tribute to them in addition to do not forget that all of us profit from what was determined by the founding fathers 200 years in the past. I thanks all for coming tonight to have a good time this vital event in our historical past.”
After this visitors had been served dinner out within the backyard, the nice climate making it very satisfying so many visitors remained until it was lastly time to go away.