Norway Changes Mind, Will Send Christmas Tree After All - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Norway Changes Mind, Will Send Christmas Tree After All

Published June 17, 2014

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Icelanders need no longer worry about where their next Austurvöllur Christmas tree will come from, as city officials in Oslo have decided to continue sending Christmas trees to Iceland.

Norwegian media service Osloby reports the Oslo Business Council examined the situation at a city council meeting held yesterday. Amongst those present was Oslo mayor Fabian Stang.

Fabian said that he had not taken into consideration how popular the Norwegian Christmas tree was amongst Icelanders, adding, “Icelanders also don’t have Christmas trees that are as good as we thought they had.”

As such, Iceland will receive a giant Christmas tree to put up in Austurvöllur, in front of parliament, as has been the traditional practice between the two countries since 1951.

As reported, Oslo city council decided last April that sending Christmas trees to Iceland and Holland was prohibitively expensive. While Oslo has reversed this decision where Iceland is concerned, no mention was made of whether or not they have changed their minds about Holland.

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