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Norway's residents experienced an oil boom several years ago - so they can empathize with North Dakotans now dealing with a sudden surge in population and oil exploration.

That's how the Consul General of Norway describes what he's seeing this week in North Dakota.

Dr. Jostein Mykletun yo--tun is one of more than a dozen special guests from Norway now touring western North Dakota.

The group began the day in Stanley and went on to see oil facilities in Mountrail and Williams Counties before settling in McKenzie County for the night.

Dr. Mykletun says Norwegians feel a kinship with our state since so many people from Norway settled here.

(Dr. Jostein Mykletun, Consul General of Norway) "We are here to find out how this is working. There are big Norwegian investments here - our biggest oil company is Statoil, a heavy investment in North Dakota. So we're here on a study tour, but also to have a good conversation about how you do it and how we do it, can we learn from each other."

(John Knox, Farmers Union Oil - Stanley) "Norway has a strong cooperative tie with many of its industries and us being a coop, being an agricultural, petroleum, energy, and our C-stores, we're going to talk to them about that."

Today's tour was the latest that the North Dakota Farmers Union has helped to facilitate.

The group has led more than one thousand people through the region this year - showing what the oil industry has to offer the state.

(Dale Enerson, ND Farmers Union) "For the last year now we've been bringing groups out here, spending a day or two in the Bakken and then returning them home. And trying to take them to some drilling sites, well sites, crew camps, make arrangements for lunch in a crew camp out here, lots of interesting and people are very curious. Of course it affects our state economy all over the state, not just this part of the state."

This week's visit by the Norwegian delegation was coordinated by the Great Plains Institute.

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