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Norway PM makes South Pole. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg arrived at the South Pole following a tiring trip from Australia, according to reports. “It’s fantastic to be here,” he told a 250-strong delegation of the Pole’s inhabitants, “It’s very special. This is a big and powerful experience for me.” The PM landed just before 23:00 hours Norwegian time, travelling from the U.S. McMurdo Base, Western Antarctica, on a USAF Hercules equipped with landing skis.

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Norway PM makes South Pole

Published on Monday, 12th December, 2011 at 12:36 under the news category, by Ioana Dan.

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg arrived at the South Pole following a tiring trip from Australia, according to reports.

PM Stoltenberg at the South Pole
PM Stoltenberg at the South Pole
Photo: Prime Minister's Office/Flickr


“It’s fantastic to be here,” he told a 250-strong delegation of the Pole’s inhabitants, “It’s very special. This is a big and powerful experience for me.”

The PM landed just before 23:00 hours Norwegian time, travelling from the U.S. McMurdo Base, Western Antarctica, on a USAF Hercules equipped with landing skis.

Wednesday December 14 marks the 100th Centenary of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and party’s successful expedition as the first to reach the South Pole, winning the race against the ill-fated Captain R.F. Scott and his team.

“This was an achievement and a very important historical event for the young nation of Norway. The South Pole expedition was a part of our national identity,” the Prime Minister related to Aftenposten.

Despite countless books, events and projects about Amundsen’s feat this year, PM Stoltenberg feels Norway’s polar story “does not get the attention it deserves”.

Nevertheless, he continued, “Norway is one of the world's leading polar nations in the north and south today. This would not have been achieved without the polar heroes who paved the way and laid the foundation a hundred years ago.”

“They ignited the interest, and not least gave us the knowledge. They laid the foundation for Norway claiming Queen Maud Land in Antarctica that is seven times the size of our country. I think many Norwegians are not aware of how much of a polar nation Norway actually is,” he said.

The Prime Minister will be giving a speech on the actual centenary day. There are hopes he will meet the four-man Norwegian party following Amundsen’s journey on skis currently underway and into their sixth week.




Published on Monday, 12th December, 2011 at 12:36 under the news category, by Ioana Dan.

This post has the following tags: jensstoltenbergsouthpole, roaldamundsencentenary.





  
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