This November the Royal Norwegian Embassy in London launched Norwegian Arts, a blog celebrating the best Norwegian creative and cultural happenings in the UK.

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Many people know that Norway presents the people of UK with a Christmas tree for Trafalgar Square every year, but few are aware London isn’t the only British city that receives one. For decades, various Norwegian principalities have donated trees all over the UK, as symbols of the close and enduring relationship between Norway and Britain.

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To celebrate the lighting of the famous Trafalgar Square Christmas tree at 6pm on Thursday, 4 December, the following day brings fêted Norwegian stars of jazz and classical to St Martin-in-the-Fields for a festive musical extravaganza.

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Photo: Sjømannskirken, London.

Meditate on the message of Christmas with trumpet-player Gunnar Halle and pianist Espen Eriksen, Saturday 6 December at the Norwegian Church in London.

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All applicants must schedule an appointment online in order to apply for a new passport.

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The traditional Norwegian Christmas tree has been lit in Edinburgh, but there are still several events to gear you up for a Norwegian Christmas in Scotland!

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Photo: Visit Norway.

The 2014 results of the international image and reputation survey "The Anholt-GfK Nation Brands Index" were released today. Norway is ranked 13th of 50 countries that have global influence.

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Nationals of certain countries need a visa in order to visit Norway for up to 90 days. All foreign nationals who are to stay in Norway for more than 90 days must have a residence permit. Foreign nationals who are to work in Norway will in many cases need to have a residence permit, even for stays of less than 90 days.

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