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A glowing symbol of Norway’s friendship

A Christmas tree for Germany’s capital
Wintershall supports creation of unique tree decorations by two Norwegian designers
Berlin. Year after year, when the lights of the huge Christmas tree beside the Brandenburg Gate are switched on at Pariser Platz for the first time, lighting up the tree in all its glory, Christmas time traditionally begins for the Berlin people. But this tree is also a symbol of the friendship between Norway and Germany: for more than 20 years Norway has been sending the German capital city a magnificent fir tree to mark the beginning of Advent. The reunified city was given a Christmas tree for the first time in 1990 by the Norwegian municipality of Frogn. Since then Berlin has looked forward to the tree from Norway every year. This year’s fir tree comes from the Christmas city of Drøbak located along the Oslofjord and will ensure a festive atmosphere thanks to a unique design. Wintershall asked Norwegian designers Silje Søfting and Eva Marit Tøftum to design unusual decorations especially for the Berlin Christmas tree. 

The Christmas tree will be illuminated for the first time in a festive ceremony on the forthcoming first Sunday of Advent (27.11) at 7 pm. The mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, will take part in the ceremony together with the Norwegian culture minister Anniken Huitfeld and Martin Bachmann, Member of the Board of Executive Directors of Wintershall responsible for Exploration and Production. The musical entertainment for the evening will be provided by the Norwegian pop singer Marit Larsen and the brass section of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, amongst others. For Martin Bachmann, Wintershall’s contribution to the Norwegian Christmas tree is also an expression of the special role Norway plays for Wintershall. “We have made a name for ourselves in Norway in the last few years,” Bachmann explained. “Hence, we are of course delighted to be involved in one of the nicest Christmas time traditions in Berlin by supporting the Norwegian fir tree, and at the same time to celebrate the special status Norway enjoys at our company in this unique way.”

Against this backdrop Wintershall is getting involved in two other “Norwegian Advent” events in Berlin in the period running up to Christmas. These events will give visitors a glimpse of various aspects of Norwegian life and culture:

  • Norwegian Children’s Day, 30 November, Felleshus in the Nordic Embassies (
  • “Norwegian Wave Night” by Nordic by Nature, 2 December, Roter Salon, Volksbühne at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz (

A market with a future – Wintershall in Norway
Wintershall is currently stepping up its activities in Norway. Since the Norwegian subsidiary Wintershall Norge was founded in the middle of the last decade, Wintershall’s activities in Norway have been significantly expanded. Today Wintershall is one of the largest license-holders in Norway with more than 40 licenses and more than 20 operatorships. In 2011 the company invested around half its global exploration budget for oil and gas in the Norwegian Continental Shelf alone.

Note to editors:
Invitation to energy breakfast in the Norwegian embassy
A key requirement for a positive investment climate is mutual understanding. For this reason, Wintershall is organizing an energy breakfast in the embassy of the Kingdom of Norway in Berlin on 1 December 2011 at 9.00 a.m. The Norwegian Ambassador to Germany, Sven Erik Svedman, and Martin Bachmann, Member of the Board of Executive Directors of Wintershall responsible for Exploration and Production, will discuss the opportunities and challenges of the Norwegian- German energy partnership with representatives of the Federal Republic of Germany and of the press. Journalists who would like to attend please contact

Wintershall Holding GmbH
, based in Kassel, Germany, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BASF in Ludwigshafen. The company has been active in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas for 80 years. Wintershall focuses on selected core regions, where the company has built up a high level of regional and technological expertise. These are Europe, North Africa, South America, as well as Russia and the Caspian Sea region. Today, the company is Germany’s largest crude oil and natural gas producer, and with its subsidiaries WINGAS and WINGAS TRANSPORT, the company is also an important gas supplier on the German and European market.

Wintershall. Shaping the future.

Contact: Verena Sattel

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