President Pranab Mukherjee visits Norway and Finland

From 12 October 2014 onwards, President Pranab Mukherjee visited Norway and Finland on a five-day trip, during which he signed a number of agreements including one for peaceful use of nuclear energy and pacts to step up cooperation in defence.

During his visit to Oslo, India and Norway signed over a dozen pacts to step up cooperation in defence, science and technology, education and other sectors. In Finland, the two countries signed an agreement for nuclear cooperation.

The arrangement for cooperation between the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board of India and the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority of Finland will ensure cooperation in the field of nuclear and radiation safety regulation concerning exchange of information personnel related to the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

President Mukherjee also became the first Indian President to visit official workplace of Santa Claus and meet him in person.

President Pranab Mukherjee was received by Norwegian King Harlad V at the Royal Palace and given a 21-gun salute in Oslo. He became the first President of India in 26 years to visit Norway.

President Mukherjee also visited the Norwegian Parliament, or Storting, where he was greeted by its President Olemic Thommessen.

Five Indian scientists from “Himadri,” India’s Arctic station at Svalbard, gave a presentation to President Mukherjee, via a video link, about dire climate change warning that linked varying monsoon patterns in India with Arctic ice melts.

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