Norway time capsule opened after 100 years, but contents were not as being expected (Video)

By on Aug 26, 2012 in Europe, Lifestyle Comments

A so-called time capsule in Norway was opened recently after 100 years, as shown in the video below; but its contents were not as being expected, and somehow caused disappointment to those who were excited to witness for any extraordinary item found inside the package.



Norway time capsule
Image Credit: VG-TV video

As noted by Verdens Gang (VG) on Thursday, August 23, 2012, a local newspaper, the mysterious Norway time capsule has been kept in a museum in Gudbrandsdal for a hundred years since the package has a written note saying that the package should be opened in 2012.

According to the report, the sealed package weighs 3.1 kilos, and measures 40 cm wide, 28 cm. deep, and 9 cm. thick. Johan Nygard, former chairman of Sel council in Otta, wrapped it in 1912 on the 300th anniversary of the legendary Battle of Kringen and gave it to the town mayor in 1928.

Apparently, the time capsule, which has been moved around in the city Otta several times, was believed to have been lost many times in the past but was still found. Historians then believed that its content might be historical documents related to the battle 400 years ago, or other valuable items.

On Friday, museum workers Torveig Dahl and Kjell Voldheim wore gloves when they opened the package in front of the crowd, including Princess Astrid of Norway, with the help of the chairman of the council and Sel Mayor Dag Erik Pryhn, which was shown in Verdens Gang TV (VG-TV).

Upon opening of the brown package, another package was revealed out to be memorial flags; and later the contents were revealed; which include a royal banner, newspapers clippings from 1914 and 1919, and old notes containing ledgers and accounts of donations given to fund the memorial.

Based on the latest update by Forbes, a paper was found containing the lyrics to an old popular song that is now used as a march in Norway; and in one of the newspapers dated August 1, 1914, it was mentioned that the people of Sel were “afraid the money was going to be used for something else.”

“Well, the package didn’t solve our financial problems. But our history got richer.” Mayor Pryhn was quoted as saying, as the contents of the package promised to be returned back to Gudbrandsdal museum, where it will be opened for public view.


Opening of the Norway time capsule
Video Credit: TrampleOnSnakes2/YouTube/VG-TV



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