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Norwegian business leaders visit Manchester Rotary

Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 9:37 am


Manchester business and community leaders were treated to a presentation from their Norwegian counterparts at Thursday’s Manchester Rotary Club meeting at Coffee Cafe.

As part of a Rotary International project that involves exchanging professionals with other countries, six Norway nationals made presentations on the history of their country, jobs and

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Manchester Police Chief Mark Yother, left, shows Norwegian police officer Alfred Borgenvik, middle, and Ulv Deglum with Norway military security how things work at the Manchester Police Department Thursday. Also pictured are MPD officers Dale Robertson (second from right) and Ernie Colvin, far right. (Staff photo by John Coffelt)

their way of life Thursday morning.

“It’s a good project; very interesting,” said Manchester Rotarian Jerry Crites, who hosted Rune

Magnussen throughout the morning and showed him the ropes of financial planning in America.

Local leaders Jerry Crites, Freda K. Jones, Dr. Justin Crites, Roger Barlow, Ernie Colvin and Dale Robertson hosted the visitors during the morning before the group toured Bonnaroo’s Great Stage Park, Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park and worked out at the Manchester Recreation Complex.

Barlow, a history teacher at Central High School, hosted Ulrikke deVibe, who is also a high school teacher. Manchester police officers Colvin and Robertson took in Norway police officer Alfred Borgenvik and Ulv Deglum, who is military security in Norway. Jones showed Yngve Granerud the real estate ropes and Justin Crites took Lars Sandholdbraten to South Pittsburgh to do meat inspections.

A different way of life

Borgenvik is a police officer in Norway and during his presentation he informed the group that police officers in Norway don’t carry guns. Firearms are left in the car and are only removed with the permission of dispatch. With gun control a raging debate in America it sparked the question from one local Rotarian – “are Norwegians allowed to carry guns?”

The answer is yes but restrictions are strict.

“The only ways to get guns are to join a gun club and be a member for six months and be deemed qualified to have a gun,” explained Borgenvik. “Then you are only allowed to bring the gun to the shooting field and back. The other way is to have a hunting license and use the gun for hunting. We cannot have assault rifles like in your country.”

Gun laws also provide guidance that weapons must be stored in an official gun safe that is bolted into the wall and locked. Guns being transported must be unloaded and can’t be concealed, according to Norway law. Gun owners are not sporadic in Norway despite the regulations, though. Out of every 100 people, approximately 31 are gun owners, according to That ranks Norway 44th in the world. The gun death rate in Norway was 1.78 per 100,000 people in 2010, according to The rate in the United States was 10.26 per 100,000 in the same year.

Another hot national topic brought up was healthcare, which is nationalized in Norway…

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Staff photo by Josh Peterson The Manchester Rotary Club hosted Norwegian professionals last week as part of a Rotary International project. The visitors from Norway were hosted by professionals in the area to compare how the jobs are performed in the United States and Norway. Pictured, seated from left, are real estate agent Freda K. Jones, Rotary President Vernon Sherrill, Manchester Police Officer Dale Robertson and Norwegian teacher Ulrikke deVibe. Standing from left are Rotarian Greg Sandlin, Dr. Justin Crites, Norwegian Lars Sandholtbraten, who is involved in meat production, Norwegian police officer Alfred Borgenvik, Norwegian military security Ulv Deglum, Norwegian real estate broker Yngve Granerud, Manchester Police Officer Ernie Colvin, Central High School teacher Roger Barlow, financial planner Jerry Crites and Norwegian financial planner Rune Magnussen. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)