After starting at Oddernes upper secondary school in Kristiansand, Mette-Marit spent six months at Wangaratta High School located in North East Victoria in Australia, as an exchange student with the exchange organisation Youth For Understanding. Later, she attended Kristiansand katedralskole, where she passed her final examinations in 1994. After another break from her studies, Mette-Marit attended Bjørknes Private School and then took the examen philosophicum (the preliminary university examination) at Agder University College.
By her own admission, Mette-Marit experienced a rebellious phase before she met Crown Prince Haakon Magnus. As a part-time student, she took longer than usual to complete her high school education before going on to take preparatory university courses at Agder. She then worked for a year at Cafe Engebret in Oslo.
In the late 1990s, Mette-Marit attended the Quart Festival, Norway's largest rock festival, in her hometown of Kristiansand. She met Crown Prince Haakon at a garden party during the Quart Festival season. Years later, after becoming a single mother she met the prince again at another party related to the festival.
Crown Princess Mette-Marit is the patron of the Norwegian Red Cross and several other organisations. The Crown Prince and Crown Princess’s Humanitarian Fund identifies and supports projects for young people at risk. Over the last ten years, the fund has supported projects in many parts of the world – aiming to provide improved health and education for young people. Crown Princess Mette-Marit has led the Norwegian delegations to the International AIDS conferences in Toronto (2006) and in Vienna (2010). On her many visits representing Norway, the Crown Princess actively promotes Norwegian trade and industry, architecture and design, education and humanitarian initiatives.
The Crown Princess’s leisure interests include outdoor recreational activities and art and culture, particularly literature, film and the visual arts. The Crown Prince and Crown Princess have an active family life and spend a great deal of time with their young children enjoying indoor and outdoor recreational activities, including sport and cultural activities.