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His geography is not so good

Once in a while we read about the ways in which high-profile people misspeak at inopportune moments. Here's one: To the considerable surprise of visiting Portuguese President Jorge Sampaio, the crown prince of Norway informed him in prepared remarks at a state dinner one night last week that his country is "on the Mediterranean's warm beaches." Prince Haakon was substituting for his absent father, King Harald V, and this was his first role as a host. It may be a while until there's another. In fact, the royal palace considered it necessary to issue a public apology the next day because Portugal's entire coastline is on the Atlantic Ocean. What Haakon had meant to say, the royal spokesman explained, is that Portugal is near the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea.

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