OSLO -- Norway's King Harald has been hospitalized in Malaysia for an infection, the Norwegian royal household said in a statement on Tuesday.

The 87-year-old monarch had been on a private trip to the South-East Asian country.

"His majesty the king has fallen ill during his holiday stay in Malaysia, and is hospitalized there, with an infection. The king receives good care from both Malaysian and Norwegian medical personnel," the royal household said.

(Reporting by Terje Solsvik, editing by Essi Lehto)