Prime Minister Erna Solberg has sent Christmas card scenes from Nord-Trøndelag and Aust-Agder in recent years. This year the Vigeland sculpture park in Oslo won the honour of being on Solberg’s cards that have been sent to leaders around the world.
Norway’s prime minister selects one of the country’s regions every year to provide the scenery for the government’s official holiday card. Hobby photographers who captured winter scenes in the capital were urged to send their photos in to the prime minister’s office.
“Incredibly many beautiful photos came in,” said Solberg, who thanked “everyone who sent in their photos.”
Out of a total of 198 entries, it was a wintry scene from Oslo’s famed Vigeland Park in Frogner that came out the winner. The photo by Haakon Christensen features the season’s special light when the sun hangs low over the horizon, and there’s snow on the ground of the park’s main artery that’s full of statues by the late Norwegian artist Gustav Vigeland.
“I liked how the motif was typical of Oslo,” Solberg said. “There are so many photos of Vigeland Park, but this one really captured the atmosphere I like especially well.”
The choice of a scene from Vigeland Park is also especially appropriate because the country will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of Gustav Vigeland’s birth in 2019. The jubilee will involve many special events and exhibits both in and out of Oslo.
Solberg started signing the roughly 700 cards her office is sending out last month. They’ve gone out to other government leaders around the world, Members of Parliament and people Solberg has meet throughout the year. Norway’s embattled postal service, meanwhile, was warning other Norwegians this week that if they don’t get their cards in the mail by the 16th (Sunday), they may not be delivered in time for the Christmas holidays.