Film: 3945

Places + Locations | 1950 | Sound | B/W

Synopsis:

Norway, Scandinavia, Europe.

Flags of all the Nato countries.
Text : NATO. The Atlantic community. Introducing Norway.
Viking ship. Metal weapons and jewellery. Map showing Viking voyages across to the Americas and south to the Mediterranean.
Oslo Harbour. Harpoon whaling. Norway has the biggest whaling industry in the world. Map showing the extent of Norway. If it turned 180 degrees on its southern axis, it would stretch as far as Rome.
Northern Norway bordering the USSR. Farming and rural life so far north. Even so far inside the Artic Circle Norwegians enjoy a high standard of living. Children playing in a school playground. Men building houses. Narrator says that the weight of snow compacts the logs together in the wooden houses. Bus trip to the next town. Boat is the main way of getting around. Small isolated communities receive a daily boat bringing news and supplies. The villagers wait eagerly for the boat. They unload milk churns and other supplies.
Fjords and coastal towns. A man carries a bundle of antlers. Norwegians are good hunters. The main export is fish. Norway has vast fishing fleets. Fishermen with their catch of cod, halibut etc. Nets haul massive amounts of Herring. Herrings are also used to extract the oil, another major industry. Fishermen are often also farmers. After the fishing season they return to work their farms. Images of ploughing the very steep mountainsides. River valleys are lush. Harvest time. Farm houses are often 100's of years old. Some churches in the country are as old as Westminster Abbey. Church wood carvings. A lot of buildings are built of wood as Norway has extensive forests. Felling trees and sawing timber by hand. Tractor drags logs through the snow.
River rapids. Steep waterfalls. Water is another powerful force that is in abundance in Norway. Norwegians use more electricity than any other country in the world. They manufacture electricity by building hydro-electric plants.
Factories use a lot of electricity. Industry now employs men that used to work on farms. The country is never far away, even for those Norwegians living in the city.
Oslo Town Hall. Paintings, murals and sculpture. Art is important to Norwegians. Gustav Klimt's massive sculpture, narrator says it took 30 years to complete.
Young Norwegians fishing, swimming, yachting, narrator says that as summer is so short Norwegians make the most of the sun. But they also like to play in the snow. Skiing, winter sports, even toddlers can ski.
Narrator says the first Sunday in March is an international ski jump competition (Holmenkollen) Families skiing.
NATO northern command near Oslo. Trucks pull skiers along via a rope. Soldiers need special training to be able to cope with the harsh conditions. A motorbike is fitted with skis. Sleds pulled by ponies, others pulled by dogs, others pulled by reindeer. Soldiers undergoing firing practice on the firing range. Norway's home guard. Narrator says many Norwegians give up their time to train with the armed forces. Family home, the wife is sewing. Narrator says that due to the isolation many people experience in such a remote country that family ties are very strong. Blonde haired children.
May 17th - National Day. Crowds waving flags parade past King Haakon VII. He stands in the Palace as the parade moves down Karl Johan's Gate in central Oslo.


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