The King of Norway delivered a beautiful, pro-LGBT+ speech about love and diversity

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  • Despite being 79-years-old, King Harald got the crowd laughing with Norwegian pop culture references in his moving speech about love and acceptance. (AFP / Getty Images / Lise Aserud / Stringer)
By Stephanie Marie Anderson

 

“Norwegians are girls who love girls, boys who love boys, and boys and girls who love each other,” said King Harald V of Norway.

King Harald V of Norway spoke at a garden party of 1,500 at Palace Park in Oslo last Thursday, delivering a moving speech about love and acceptance for the LGBTQIA+ and refugee communities living in Norway.

“Norwegians are girls who love girls, boys who love boys, and boys and girls who love each other,” he said.

“Norwegians are also immigrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Poland, Sweden, Somalia and Syria,” he continued, adding: “It is not always easy to say where we come from, to which nationality we belong. Home is where the heart is. That cannot always be placed within country borders.”

On religion, he noted that “Norwegians believe in God, Allah, everything and nothing.”

The speech was also peppered with local pop culture references, as he said: “Norwegians like Grieg, Kygo, Hellbillies and Kari Bremnes,” referencing local singers and bands.

“In other words: you are Norway. We are Norway,” he concluded. “My biggest hope for Norway is that we will manage to take care of each other, that we can build this country further on trust, solidarity and generosity.”

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