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Norway’s King Harald has sick leave extended

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Norway’s King Harald has sick leave extended
King Harald with Crown Prince Haakon in 2018. File photo: AFP

King Harald is still under medical investigation and his sick leave is to be extended, the palace in Oslo has confirmed.

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The king was admitted to Rikshospitalet in Oslo last month after suffering breathing difficulties. Covid-19 was quickly ruled out as a potential cause of his condition and he was subsequently discharged.

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His sick leave has now been extended, with his condition under ongoing investigation, the palace confirmed on its website.

That means Crown Prince Haakon will continue to deputise, taking over the king’s official duties while he is on leave.

This includes presiding over the Council of State [Statsråd in Norwegian, ed.] with senior government representatives on Monday October 5th, according to the palace statement.

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