Photo by Simen Sund / The Royal Court
In Norway, it has long been established that the vast majority of people own the house in which they live. It’s part of a policy with royal roots that goes back hundreds of years. On November 17, 2021, Crown Prince Haakon was present to celebrate 75 years since the founding of the Norwegian Home Builders Association.
Upon his arrival, Crown Prince Haakon was received by the Deputy Mayor of Oslo, Abdullah Alsabeehg, the CEO of the Norwegian Home Builders Association, Bård Folke Fredriksen, and Kristin Leiros, the association’s president. The anniversary was celebrated with various animations, lectures on the history of development and several speeches. The Crown Prince gave a speech. The Crown Prince also had a chat with three young people who shared what it was like for them to try to enter the housing market, which in recent years has seen exorbitant prices.
In his speech, His Royal Highness said: “The Norwegian Home Builders’ Association is an important social actor that I would like to congratulate on its first 75 years. A home is a sine qua non for being able to take care of yourself and your loved ones. A prerequisite for being able to earn a living and contribute to the community. That’s why building houses is also building a community. When we talk about the reconstruction of the country after the last world war, the construction of housing was one of the most important and tangible examples of what it was all about”.
The Norwegian House Builders’ Association was founded after World War II, when there was a great need to rebuild the country and the goal was then to build 100,000 new houses. The crown prince’s great-grandfather, King Haakon VII, was very concerned about the need to rebuild the country so that people could move into houses. On his 80th birthday in 1952 he said: “Since the war, I have received many letters in which people from all over the country ask me if it is not possible for me to provide them with accommodation. Unfortunately, I was unable to respond to requests. However, we have to tackle this problem, because there are so many patriots who are suffering because they have not been able to have their own home”.