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Princess takes 'book train' down Norway coast

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit greets her subjects as the literary train arrives in Fauske on Tuesday. Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB Scanpix
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Crown Princess Mette-Marit has launched a two day literary train voyage down the West coast of Norway, stopping off at along the way to read to children and encourage them to take out books from the library.
The train has been fitted out with a library car by Norwegian train company NSB, and anyone with a library card will be able to withdraw books. 
 
"I wanted to make this journey not only to share my love of reading with others, but also so that others will have a chance to share their love of reading with me and others," she said as she launched her journey in the town of Bodø. 
 
The train stopped at Fauske, Rognan, and Mo i Rana on the first day, and will travel south to Snåsa, Steinkjer and Stjørdal on Wednesday. 
 
At each stop the Crown Princess, who had the idea for the tour, will host a literary event. 

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"I wanted to convey my great love of reading. I also love trains," she tweeted on the first day. "On the train we travel slowly. As we do in books." 

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