Norwegian royals marvel at Malaysian architecture

Wednesday March 10, 2010

Prince Haakon and his wife Mette Marit were expressing their appreciation of arts in Malaysia this week.

There on an official trip to celebrate 42 years since diplomatic relations were established between Malaysia and Norway, the glamorous couple were full of praise for the surrounding architecture.

The Mesiniaga Tower in Subang, Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre - each of which boast eco-friendly elements in their design - were among the landmarks feted by Mette Marit as she opened a new exhibition.

"Architecture reflects a country's culture, socio-economic level, history and political background, personality, idea and the ideology of a nation," she said.

Crown Prince Haakon later stressed the importance of the two countries' union.

"Tropical Malaysia and arctic Norway have more in common than we should think at first glance. These areas should be utilized and we should explore the possibilities for further cooperation between our two countries," he said.

During their four day visit, the royal couple were also received by the Malaysian King, Sultan Miznan Zainal Abidin, and Queen, Tuanku Nur Zahira. 

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