'NORWAY 2005' launched in Scotland

On Friday the 14th January, the Launch of Norway’s Centenary Programme in Scotland took place in the City Chambers in Edinburgh.

Almost 80 people attended the launch, including the Rt. Hon. Lesley Hinds (the Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh) along with a number of Councillors from the City of Edinburgh Council, members of the Edinburgh and Leith Consular Corps, members of the Media and a number of people involved with one or more forthcoming events.

‘A Voice of our own’ is the title of Norway’s Centennial Anniversary 1905-2005 and to mark it, there will be many events both in Norway and abroad. More information about this can be found on the Centennial Anniversary Portal. 

The first event in Scotland is an exhibition on the life and music of composer Edward Grieg and takes place at the City Art Centre in Edinburgh from 22nd January – 16th April. For more information about this exhibition, please click here.

The Lord Provost surprised the Consul General by serving a large, beautiful cake with the same motive as a ‘Norway 2005’ brochure recently released by Edinburgh City Council. The brochure can be obtained (for free) by calling the City Council on 0131 445 3383 or the Consulate General on 0131 226 5701 or e-mail: .

All Norwegian events taking place in Scotland will be posted on the Norwegian Consulate General’s web site:

A list of all UK events can be found here

The Consul General's speech can be read here.

The Rt. Hon Lesley Hinds (Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh) and Consul General Arne Sivertsen cut the cake. Photo: Craig Westwood


From left: Consul General of Germany, Mr Ingo Radke, The Rt. Hon. Lesley Hinds (Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh), Consul General of Norway, Mr Arne Sivertsen and Consul General of Ukraine, Mr Oleksander Tsvetkov. Photo: Craig Westwood


Above: Consul Grethe Knudsen. From left: Margot Mitchell, The Rt. Hon. Lesley Hinds and Åsa Seljestad. Photo: Craig Westwood

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A Scottish-Norwegian boy with a Scottish and a Norwegian flag.Photo: Craig Westwood