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Norwegian king's tolerance speech in high demand

  • Norway's King Harald V and Queen Sonja arrive at the State Guest House, Helsinki, Finland, on Monday Sept. 5, 2016, during a state visit to Finland. (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)

    Norway's King Harald V and Queen Sonja arrive at the State Guest House, Helsinki, Finland, on Monday Sept. 5, 2016, during a state visit to Finland. (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Norway's King Harald V, second from left, and Queen Sonja, left, wave with Finland's President Sauli Niinisto and his wife Jenni Haukiong at Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. The king began his state visit to Finland. (Vesa Moilanen/Lehtikuva via AP)

    Norway's King Harald V, second from left, and Queen Sonja, left, wave with Finland's President Sauli Niinisto and his wife Jenni Haukiong at Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. The king began his state visit to Finland. (Vesa Moilanen/Lehtikuva via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Norway's King Harald V, second from left, walks with Finland's President Sauli Niinisto toward Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. The king began his state visit to Finland. (Vesa Moilanen/Lehtikuva via AP)

    Norway's King Harald V, second from left, walks with Finland's President Sauli Niinisto toward Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. The king began his state visit to Finland. (Vesa Moilanen/Lehtikuva via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Norway's royal palace says a recent speech by King Harald in support of gay rights and diversity has attracted widespread international attention.

Spokeswoman Marianne Hagen said Tuesday that the palace has received many requests from people asking for an official English translation of the king's speech on Sept. 1.

Speaking in the Palace Park in Oslo, 79-year-old Harald said: "Norwegians are girls who love girls, boys who love boys, and girls and boys who love each other."

He said many Norwegians have emigrated from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Poland and other countries and that they "believe in God, Allah, the Universe and nothing."

The speech has been shared tens of thousands of times on social media. Hagen said the figurehead monarch received questions about it during a state visit Tuesday to Finland.