Norwegian document heritage - Hurtigruten

"Documentary heritage reflects the diversity of languages, peoples and cultures. It is the mirror of the world and its memory. But this memory is fragile. Every day, irreplaceable parts of this memory disappear for ever..." This quote is taken from UNESCO's Memory of the World Program, which is about preserving valuable documents for the future.

Arts Council Norway has compiled a Norwegian list of valuable documents, that are deemed important for Norwegian cultural heritage, and should be kept safe for all time. Documents like the work of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen's film from the discovery of the South Pole in 1911, and... What? NRK's broadcast "Hurtigruten - minute by minute?" 

(Picture borrowed from Hurtigruten.)

Here's the reason for this desicion: "The TV program met great enthusiasm from the start. It is a program that has moved the boundaries, not only for how long a program can be, but also for how slow a program can be. This has contributed to national identity, and has made the coast of Norway a part of the mindset of Norwegians. 

The program provides a unique and highly detailed documentation of the Norwegian coast at a given time in June 2011, and is therefore included as a part of Norwegian document heritage." (Quote from Arts Council Norway.) 

So in a distant future maybe hundreds of years from now, people will still be able to enjoy Hurtigruten!

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