A Norwegian serving the community in Singapore through three decades has been awarded the Medal of St. Olav from H.M. King Harald of Norway.
The award was decided on 16 February 2015 to Mrs Marianne Stubø Thorstensen for her efforts as head of the Norwegian Supplementary School in Singapore.
On 29 April the medal was presented to her in a reception at the Ambassador’s residence.
The Medal of St. Olav is awarded in recognition of outstanding services rendered in connection with the spreading of information about Norway abroad and for strengthening the bonds between expatriate Norwegians and their home country.
The Norwegian Supplementary School in Singapore has been the largest of its kind, and the medal recognises Mrs Thorstensen’s longstanding commitments and substantial pro bono efforts as well as the quality of the school in terms of both academics and administration.
In his speech to Mrs Thorstensen, Ambassador Endressen emphasised the importance of the Norwegian Supplementary School to Norwegian children in Singapore as well as the local Norwegian community.
“I am very pleased that H.M. the King has decided to award the Medal of St. Olav to Marianne S. Thorstensen, thereby contributing to writing her outstanding efforts into history,” Ambassador Endresen said.
Text: Tobias Judin /Royal Norwegian Embassy
Photos: Royal Norwegian Embassy in Singapore