Norwegian Christmas tree goes up at town hall

A 20-foot Christmas tree from Maløy in Norway has today [Thursday] been put up outside Lerwick Town Hall.

The tree has been provided through the Lerwick-Maløy twinning arrangement first established in 1956.

The arrangement promotes cultural links between Shetland and the former municipality of Vågsøy, on the west coast of Norway – which includes the main town of Maløy.

In 2020, Vågsøy was merged with the nearby municipality of Florø, to form the larger administrative area of Kinn, with around 17,000 inhabitants.

This tree has been provided by the new Kinn Council.

The tree has been shipped to the UK by Norwegian shipping company Sea-Cargo and inspected by Forestry Commission officials in Aberdeen.

Christmas lights are expected to be added tomorrow.

Council convener Malcolm Bell said: “Shetland has many cultural and historical connections with our neighbours in Norway and we have for many years also had links with our twin town of Maløy.

“I’m grateful to Kinn Council for providing this Christmas tree to the people of Shetland, which symbolises the long-standing friendship between our two communities.”


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  • Julian Arculus

    • December 18th, 2021 6:01

    Do we give them anything? If not, maybe we should!


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