Crown Princess completed her upper secondary education at Kristiansand Katedralskole in 1994. During her time at upper secondary school, she spent a year abroad as an exchange student at Wangaratta High School in Australia. Later she attended Bjorknes Private School, and in 1997 she took Examen Philosophicum (the preliminary examination) as well as examinations in chemistry and information technology at Agder University College. In 2000-2002 she studied ethics at the Faculty of Social Science and the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Oslo.
In 2003 the Crown Princess followed courses at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, where she took examinations in Development-Experience, Theories of Development, HIV/AIDS and Development and The Global Refugee Crisis. The Crown Princess also spent three months as an observer at the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), where she focused on HIV/AIDS issues. In autumn 2008 the Crown Princess began studying part-time at BI Norwegian School of Management in Oslo, where she completed her Master of Management in 2012.
The Crown Princess is committed to a broad range of international issues. Literature, young leadership, entrepreneurship, sustainability, mental health and global health.
In April 2006 the Crown Princess was appointed special representative for UNAIDS. In this role, the Crown Princess made HIV / AIDS-related travel to Nicaragua and Ukraine. In addition, she participated in - and even played host to - several major international AIDS conferences. The Crown Princess has a special commitment to young leaders in AIDS work. In January 2010 Crown Princess was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
In 2015, the Crown Princess and Kate Roberts, senior vice-President at the global health nonprofit Population Services International (PSI) established Maverick Collective. Melinda Gates shared their vision and joined as co-chair. The Maverick Collective was launched during the Women Deliver conference in Copenhagen in May 2016 and is an initiative that aims to engage other women to use their voice, intellectual and financial resources, to improve women’s health worldwide and help end extreme poverty.
Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway was a Counsellor at One Young World Summits: 2010 in London and 2011 in Zurich.