Sunday, 15 March 2020

King Harald of Norway's Coronavirus Speech - English Translation (March 15th 2020)

Dear all,

We find ourselves in a situation that is both unreal, strange and frightening for all of us. We do not recognize our everyday life or the world around us. And yet, we are only standing at the beginning of something we do not fully know the consequences of.

Uncertainty makes us vulnerable.
The seriousness makes us anxious.
The new everyday life can give us a feeling of powerlessness.

Norway is affected along with the rest of the world.

Now, our most important task is to try to slow down the dramatic development - by following the orders given by the authorities.

We can be grateful that we have political leaders and agencies with the courage and knowledge to meet the situation with honesty and realism.

Norway is known as a trusting society. Now there is a special need to show each other trust. Both that everyone takes responsibility for preventing the spread of infection. And for the country's authorities to make good and wise decisions.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all now.

With you who are sick and those who are dependents.

With health care professionals across the country who are working day and night. With you who are experiencing financial losses and fears for the future. With all of you who attend to important social functions so our country can act.

With all the children - who may be particularly anxious now - and whom we must take extra care of.

And with those who feel the loneliness because our small and large communities are temporarily taken away from us.

Finally, I would like to remind you that everyone needs a little extra kindness during this time. Together we stand in this. And together we will be able to get through what lies ahead.

-English Translation by Gert's Royals

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