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Skaugum is the official residence of Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and of his wife Crown Princess Mette-Marit.

Skaugum is situated high above the town of Askermarker municipality, about 15 miles southwest of Oslomarker. Covering an area of about 1,000 square metres, it is surrounded by a 38-acre garden and has magnificent views of the Oslo fjord. The building has been furnished as a home rather than a place for entertaining official visitors, although it has also been used for this purpose many times. The Skaugum estate also comprises farm buildings for livestock and agricultural and forestry production. The main house has been periodically upgraded. The most comprehensive upgrading was carried out in 2002, when the main house was renovated and apartments built for the Crown Prince and Crown Princess. The work was completed in December 2003.

Prior to the Reformation, the Skaugum estate belonged to the convent of Nonneseter and the Church of Saint Mary (Norwegian: Mariakirkenin) in Oslo. It subsequently had many different owners. In 1909 it was bought by Fritz Wedel-Jarlsberg , Norwegian government minister and ambassador to Parismarker. When Crown Prince Olav and Crown Princess Märtha were married in 1929, Wedel-Jarlsberg presented the Skaugum estate as a wedding gift to the couple.The young couple immediately moved into the main building. Unfortunately, the original residence burned to the ground on 20 May 1930. The Norwegian architect Arnstein Arneberg was commissioned to design a new structure to be built entirely on the foundations of the old building. The new building was completed in 1932.

During World War II, the property was vandalized by German Reichskommissar Terboven, who resided there. Crown Prince Olav and Crown Princess Märtha lived at Skaugum both before and after the German occupation. After the death of Crown Princess Märtha in 1954, Crown Prince Olav continued to live at Skaugum with his children until he acceded to the throne in 1957. In 1968, when King Olav's son, Crown Prince Harald married Sonja Haraldsen (later King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway), the King gave them Skaugum as a wedding present. The royal couple's two children, Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Märtha Louise, grew up there. In 2001 King Harald gave the estate as a wedding gift to his son, Crown Prince Haakon and his wife, Crown Princess Mette-Marit.

References

  1. Skaugum Estate (Kongehuset.no) http://www.kongehuset.no/c28429/artikkel/vis.html?tid=28796
  2. The Skaugum Estate(Asker Municipality in Norway) http://www.gonorway.com/norway/counties/akershus/asker/76361bc68e81650/index.html
  3. The Royal Family Skaugum in Asker (AB Guiden. no) http://www.abguiden.no/engelsk/attraksjoner/kongefam.htm

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