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‘Norge Rundt’ celebrates 40 years on the air

One of Norway’s best-loved TV programs, Norge Rundt (Around Norway), was celebrating its 40th anniversary on the air this week. State broadcaster NRK was due to air a special two-hour show Friday evening, promising highlights from the series and lots of nostalgia.

“Norge Rundt represents Norwegian cultural history itself, and 40 years of the joy of life,” said Finn Tokvam, a journalist at Norwegian Broadcastng (NRK) who has been one of the program’s hosts and delivered lots of features to it over the years. He was due to host the 40th anniversary special Friday evening.

“It remains unbelievably fascinating to watch all the things folks are involved in around the country,” Tokam told news bureau NTB. The program depicts Norwegians’ hobbies, local customs, artistic endeavours and a host of other cultural activities in outlying areas around the country. Animals often figure into Norge Rundt programs, which otherwise focus on ordinary people doing often extraordinary things that don’t otherwise make it onto nightly newscasts.

Tokvam things the program is popular because it’s stress-free and filled with tradition, nostalgia, humour and downright joy. After a busy week, an average of 900,000 Norwegians choose to watch Norge Rundt every Friday night at 7:30pm, it’s normal time slot right after the national nightly newscast Dagsrevyen. NRK switched it to Sunday evenings in the fall of 2000, but quickly returned it to Friday after massive public protests.

The anniversary special was due to re-run especially popular features from Norge Rundt’s archive since the program first aired in 1976, always to the jingle of Edvard Grieg’s Norsk dans nr. 2. A new book about the history of Norge Rundt with photos from shows over the years is also making its debut this fall, written by journalist Irina Lee. staff



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