Photographer's Note

This is the story of a mural that shows up in the most unexpected place, on a barn in the middle of the Norwegian countryside.

This mural was painted in 1994 as a protest against Norwegian membership in the EU. In the role as a farmer milking a cow is former Prime Minister of Norway, Gro Harlem Brundtland. She was Prime Minister in Norway during the referendum for or against the EU in 1994. The result of the referendum the 28th of november 1994 was that Norway should not join the EU. The message in the mural is clear: The Prime Minister milks the Norwegian agriculture and giving away all the money and resources to the EU.

The first referendum with the same question was in 1972 (then EEC), and the result was the same as in 1994. Soon we have an election in Norway, the 9th of september, but this question is not a part of this years campaign. Norway is connected to the EU by the EEA agreement. Now the opposition against the EU has increased.

Anyway, the rather elaborate mural can still be seen on this barn in Vang in Valdres.

Thanks for viewing. Wish you all a nice weekend.

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Additional Photos by Erling Henriksen (Hansaphotos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 783 W: 63 N: 1763] (9353)
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