Since the first people stepped ashore in the islands of Orkney, firstly just passing through, and then to settle, exchanging goods with one another has taken place.
You may be forgiven, if you do not live in Orkney, if you think that the only issue affecting the islands is that of FERRIES. And of course, they are very important, but Transport involves a lot more than that.
Whilst there is housing available in Orkney, what is in short supply is affordable housing, both to rent and to buy. This has serious consequences for the sustainability of the islands: retaining our young people and families, encouraging workers to come here.
With an aging demographic the cost of these services in Orkney will continue to increase as more people require assistance to live in residential homes or independently in their own home.
The Kirkwall Grammar School and Halls of Residence were built as part of Orkney’s £58 million Schools Investment Programme, boosted by £40 million from the Scottish Government.
Voting from abroad is now open for this autumn’s local and municipal elections in Norway and any Norwegian citizen or anyone who is otherwise entitled to, can vote in person at Orkney’s Honorary Norwegian Consulate from now until 1 September.
There are graves in St Olaf’s Cemetery, Kirkwall, of Norwegians who died in World War Two fighting for the independence of Norway which had been invaded by Nazi Germany.
“The first public speech to mark the day was delivered in 1833 by Norwegian poet Henrik Wergeland. Since then, the 17th of May has been celebrated as Norway’s national day.”
The agreement between the UK, the EU and Norway is for Total Allowable Catches (TACs) and management measures for North Sea cod, haddock, whiting, saithe, plaice and herring.
The Christmas tree on the Kirk Green outside St Magnus Cathedral was gifted by the county of Vestland in Norway.