Another new job for Norway’s premier

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Cutting down a Christmas tree from Bergen to NewscastlePrime Minister Erna Solberg has assumed a lot of new duties since taking office last month. This week she debuted as a timber worker, joining the mayor of Bergen, Trude Drevland, in chopping down a Christmas tree that the City of Bergen will send to Newcastle in England. That’s Solberg on the left, as she and Drevland cut the tree selected in Indre Sædal. The city has sent a Christmas tree to Bergen every year since 1949 and Solberg, who hails from Bergen herself, was back in town for the first time this week since becoming prime minister after the recent parliamentary elections. The tree is meant to symbolize Bergen’s ongoing gratitude for British support and assistance during World War II. Oslo also sends a tree every year, to London.

PHOTO: Statsministerens kontor