When Norway gained full independence from Sweden in 1905, the country "imported" a king from abroad. His Norwegian name was Haakon, but what was he originally called?

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HISTORY QUESTION #5521

When Norway gained full independence from Sweden in 1905, the country "imported" a king from abroad. His Norwegian name was Haakon, but what was he originally called?

Carl

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After Norway became independent in 1905, the new government offered the crown to Prince Carl, second son of Frederik VIII of Denmark. Partly because he already had a son to continue the line of succession, but more significantly because Carl was married to Maud of Wales, the daughter of King Edward VII. By bringing in a king with British royal ties, it was hoped that Norway could court Britain's support. The prince was elected in a popular vote and chose the name Haakon, a traditional name used by Norwegian kings.

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