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Harald V of Norway

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Harald V (born February 21, 1937) became King of Norway in 1991. The son of Olav V and of Princess Märtha of Sweden, Harald was born at Skaugum[?], near Oslo. He is the first King of Norway to have been born in Norway since King Olav IV was born there in 1370.

Harald lived in Washington, DC during World War II, but returned to Norway to complete his education at the Norwegian Military Academy[?] and then at Balliol College, Oxford. Harald married a commoner, Sonja Haraldsen, in 1968, a marriage which sparked much public controversy. The couple have two children, Princess Märtha Louise and Crown Prince Haakon Magnus.

Harald became king of Norway upon the death of his father on January 17, 1991.

An avid sailor, Harald has represented Norway in the yachting events in the Olympic Games.

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Preceded by:
Olav V
List of Norwegian monarchs Heir apparent:
Crown Prince Haakon Magnus

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