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More than a dozen European visitors are exploring North Dakota this week.

The Minot Area Council for International Visitors is hosting the special guests.

The international visitors are government officials and politicians from places like Poland, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden.

They spent the morning at Minot State University and then visited the UND Center for Family Medicine this afternoon.

Now, they're enjoying the North Dakota outdoors on the Fairgrounds at Pioneer Village.

One of the visitors says he wanted to get to the United States to experience the culture, understand the government, and -- most importantly -- meet the people.

And he finds it hard to believe he's here.

(Veith Lemmen, Social Democratic Party Youth Organization - Germany) "I can't really believe it but I'm so happy to be here because it's not on the normal tour. I like that and I'm from Germany, from a state where coal mining plays a very big role. So I like the industry thing and also talked about the good and bad things in oil production so I really enjoy it here."

The German official says the first stops on the visit- Washington DC and New York City - gave him some understanding of the nation's system of government.

The group next heads for Denver to continue its American tour.

But tonight, they're having a picnic on the Fairgrounds and will continue their North Dakota visit through Wednesday before moving on.

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