One of the joys of blogging is the serendipity. Kristine Lowe in Norway was taken by two headlines on the same day from the “lovely but slightly whacky place across the border’ â€” “One in four Swedes think astrology is a science” and “Drunken elk terrorises schoolkids”.
But she also wonders what foreigners who read Aftenpost in English with its stories about elks, polar bears and royals will think of Norway.
I didn’t find any elks, but there was a story about Christmas tree importers in Newcastle trying to buy up the entire supply of Christmas trees from dealers in JÃ¦ren, western Norway. It seems the Norwegians like to keep back the thin trees so that the family can clasp hands around them, while the British like wide trees. So they are hanging on to the slim trees.
But the real story is in the last paragraph. Norway imports nearly a third of the 1.2 million Christmas trees sold each year from Denmark. Can this really be the Norway that has 12 million hectares of pine forests and 4.6 million people?