Norwegian politicians want to get the country singing following research showing its possible health benefits and life-improving properties.
The Progress Party (FrP), Conservatives (H) and Christian Democrats (KrF) want the role of singing to be increased in Norway and hope that budget funding will allow this next year.
Christian Democrat Øyvind Håbrekke told NRK that singing is important for the community as well as the individual.
“We have a culture budget of almost nine billion kroner, it would be a fantastic cultural policy to get 20 to 30 million kroner dedicated to getting people to sing.”
Group singing came to the fore recently when 40,000 people gathered outside Oslo District Court and sang 'Children of the Rainbow' in protest to Anders Behring Breivik.
Organisation ‘Syng for livet’ (‘Sing for Life’) believes that singing is something that is not done enough in Norway and wish to change this.
“Singing and listening to music creates endorphins that counteract disease. It helps those on long-term sick leave return to work, the elderly and dementia patients get a better quality of life and children improve their performance in school,” said Ulrika Bergroth Plur.
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