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A special Norwegian Labour Day. VIDEO: Labour Day this year will perhaps be both different and difficult for the people of Norway, as many who were a part of this day during yesteryears will be missed following last year’s July 22 attacks. The Foreigner spoke with Labour’s (Ap) Vice President of the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget) Marit Nybakk MP to get a sense of what the day means for Norway and the majority coalition Party, and also why this year is going to be different. “This year it will be very special. While we have always put down flowers on the monuments and graves of Labour movement veterans (in the past); this year, there will also be other graves to go to on the morning of the Labour Day. For the first time, we will honour our young dead comrades which will make this day perhaps more special,” Marit Nybakk tells The Foreigner.

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A special Norwegian Labour Day

Published on Monday, 30th April, 2012 at 22:56 under the news category, by Geetika Nautiyal.
Last Updated on 30th April 2012 at 23:11.

VIDEO: Labour Day this year will perhaps be both different and difficult for the people of Norway, as many who were a part of this day during yesteryears will be missed following last year’s July 22 attacks.

Marit Nybakk MP, Vice-Pres., Parliament
'We will honour our young dead comrades on Labour Day this year'Marit Nybakk MP, Vice-Pres., Parliament
Photo: Labour Party (Ap)


The Foreigner spoke with Labour’s (Ap) Vice President of the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget) Marit Nybakk MP to get a sense of what the day means for Norway and the majority coalition Party, and also why this year is going to be different.

“This year it will be very special. While we have always put down flowers on the monuments and graves of Labour movement veterans (in the past); this year, there will also be other graves to go to on the morning of the Labour Day. For the first time, we will honour our young dead comrades which will make this day perhaps more special,” Marit Nybakk tells The Foreigner.

She adds, “It takes place in the middle of this special court case (the Breivik trial). I think this year, we will have to show that the Labour Party is going to celebrate this day with dignity, and we will honour our values as we have always done.”

In Norway and many other countries, Labour Day is a national holiday, which traditionally begins with the hoisting of the flag at a prominent public place, followed by events like speeches, parades and demonstrations organised by political parties and labour unions.

When asked about the Labour Party’s plan for the day, Ms Nybakk said,”We will make appeals, honour our veterans, talk about our values and also about our programs in the future as in one year and three months we will have face elections.”

“We will have arrangements all over the country. Bergen is one of the cities where we lost many of our young people, it is important that the PM comes there and talks about values and programs and Labour movement,” she says, explaining the choice of this venue by Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg to deliver his speech.

While the Prime Minister will be giving speeches in Bergen and Askøy, other prominent Party members Helga Pedersen and Raymond Johansen will speak in Svalbard and Bodø, respectively.

Traditionally, the Labour party as well as the labour unions make a Labour Day appeal. When The Foreigner asked her about the appeal that her Party would make on this day, Ms Nybakk stated, “We have one appeal, that of safe governance. In an ocean of unemployment and financial crisis, we will show the Norwegian people that we can manage and govern in a safe way and take the people through this financial crisis.”


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Published on Monday, 30th April, 2012 at 22:56 under the news category, by Geetika Nautiyal.
Last updated on 30th April 2012 at 23:11.

This post has the following tags: norwaylabourday, 01maynorway, norwaylabourparty.





  
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