Norway’s King Harald has sick leave extended

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

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

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.


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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Norway’s King Harald leaves hospital after heart surgery

King Harald has been discharged from Rikshospitalet in Oslo after undergoing a heart operation on Friday.

Norway’s King Harald leaves hospital after heart surgery
A photo reportedly of King Harald on the way to hospital last week. Photo: AFP

The Norwegian palace confirmed to news wire NTB that the king was to leave hospital following the procedure three days ago.

“The king is in good form and will travel home from Rikshospitalet today,” the king’s doctor, consultant Bjørn Bendz, said in the statement.

The palace had confirmed during the weekend that the king was well after the procedure to fix an artificial valve he received during a previous operation in 2005.

Artificial valves of the type the king received have a life span of 10-15 years. As such, it is not uncommon for them to be replaced.

“His majesty the king is well after yesterday’s intervention. The king has been for a short stroll, and his condition is good,” Bendz said in a statement on Saturday.

Last month, the king spent a short time in hospital due to respiratory problems unrelated to Covid-19.

He is currently on indefinite sick leave, with his son Crown Prince Haakon deputising the king’s royal duties.

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