Prime minister joins clean-up crews

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Prime Minister Erna Solberg spent time on Saturday clearing up trash on a beach in the Oslo Fjord. It was part of nationwide efforts throughout the Nordic countries to rid the waters of garbage after another long winter.

More than 25,000 people registered to take part in the Hold Norge Rent (Keep Norway Clean) campaign that played out from Sørlandet in the south to Svalbard in the north. The crowds broke the record of 19,000 set in 2015, with interest believed to have been spurred by the discovery this spring of a dead whale near Bergen whose stomach was filled with plastic.

“Littering poses a rising threat to life in the seas,” Solberg told news bureau NTB. She and others picked up trash at Langåra, cleaning up a beach that was covered with litter washed ashore. “It was terribly ugly when we got here,” said campaign leader Lise Keilty Gilbransen. “There were bottles, cables, plastic boxes, and snus (chewing tobacco) boxes all over. There were especially many snus boxes, so those chewing tobacco really need to shape up.”

newsinenglish.no staff