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A glowing symbol of Norwegian-German friendshipCeremony to light up the Norwegian Christmas tree in front of the Brandenburg Gate / Wintershall supports one of Berlin’s finest Christmas traditions again this year

Berlin. Year after year, Berlin is illuminated at the start of Advent by a symbol of the Norwegian-German friendship, as the magnificent Christmas tree at Pariser Platz comes from Norway again this year. Since Germany’s reunification, the Norwegian town of Drøbak, situated along the Oslofjord, has been giving Berlin a Christmas tree each year – as a symbol of peace and solidarity with the reunified Germany. And once again, unusual tree decorations from Wintershall add a certain glamour to the Christmas tree. They were designed by SHE Design Studios in Oslo especially for the Berlin Christmas tree.  

The festive ceremony to turn on the Christmas tree’s lights took place on the evening of the first Advent Sunday. Alongside Jonas GahrStøre, the former Norwegian foreign minister, Martin Bachmann, Member of the Wintershall Board of Executive Directors, took part in the festive ceremony. Musical entertainment was provided by the Norwegian solo artist Thomas Dybdahl.


"The Norwegian Christmas tree is one of the finest Christmas traditions in Berlin,” Martin Bachmann said. “We are delighted to make our contribution to this wonderful tradition again with the artistic tree decorations, because the Christmas tree is also a symbol of something that shines well beyond the Advent period; it is an unmistakable sign of the German-Norwegian friendship.”

Wintershall continues on growth course in Norway

As Germany’s largest internationally active crude oil and natural gas producer, Wintershall cultivates close relations with Norway. It has established itself successfully as an integrated exploration and production company in the Scandinavian country and is one of the leading players on the Continental Shelf. The strategic cooperation agreed in 2012 with the Norwegian energy group Statoil ASA is a key factor in this. As part of this long-term commitment, Wintershall opened a new offshore operations center in Bergen at the end of October.

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 over 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. In addition, these operations are complemented by the company’s growing exploration activities in the Arabian Gulf. Today, the company employs more than 2,500 staff worldwide from 40 nations and is now Germany’s largest crude oil and natural gas producer.

Wintershall. Shaping the future.

Contact: Verena Sattel