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Community / Scandinavian links to be celebrated as ambassadors visit

Norway and Sweden flags at Lerwick Town Hall today. Photo: SIC

THE AMBASSADORS of Norway and Sweden to the UK are in Shetland and will take part in a civic dinner at Lerwick Town Hall this evening (Monday).

His Excellency Wegger Chr. Strømmen, Norwegian ambassador to the UK, and His Excellency Torbjörn Sohlström, the Swedish ambassador, will be hosted by Shetland Islands Council convener Malcolm Bell.

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They will be accompanied by David Windmill, Norwegian Consul General in Edinburgh, and his wife, Christine Windmill, and the two ambassadors’ wives – Rev Dr Cecilie Jørgensen Strømme and Ms Helena Vazquez Sohlström.

It will be the first civic event at the town hall since the start of the pandemic, and steps have been taken to ensure compliance with current Covid-protection guidelines.

Bell said: “Shetland has well-known historical and cultural connections to our Scandinavian neighbours.

During their short visit to Shetland, I’m very pleased to be able to host ambassadors Strømmen and Sohlström and Norwegian Consul David Windmill at Lerwick Town Hall. I look forward to our discussions and to reaffirming the long standing alliance between our communities.”

The ambassadors also met with Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael and Shetland MSP Beatrice Wishart in Lerwick at the weekend.

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