King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway have arrived in Minnesota on October 11, 2011, to begin their tour of the U.S. which will take them to Iowa, Minnesota and New York.  The King and Queen, who arrived in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St. Paul), received a welcome at the St. Paul Hotel.  Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and former Vice President Walter Mondale as well as St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman were on hand to greet the royal couple.  The majority of residents of Minnesota are of Scandinavian (as well as German) descent.  The Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul is the fifteenth largest metropolitan area in the United States and is a major center of commerce.  Nineteen Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in the Twin Cities.   See the link below from The Star Tribune newspaper of Minnesota, showing King Harald and Queen Sonja arriving in St. Paul.

A photo of King Harald and Queen Sonja in 2008

Queen Sonja and King Harald arrive at the St. Paul Hotel in St. Paul, Minnesota. The four year-old granddaughter of the honorary consul general of Norway presents flowers to the Queen, October 11, 2011 (photo: KARE)

An interior view of the St. Paul Hotel, St. Paul, Minnesota

A map of the state of Minnesota, land of 10,000 lakes. The Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul is the headquarters of nineteen of the Fortune 500 companies. The Mayo Clinic in the city of Rochester, is famous as one of the pre-eminent medical centers in the world, both in research and in the practice of medicine.


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