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Bust of first man in space Yuri Gagarin to be unveiled in Norway

March 14, 18:44 UTC+3 OSLO
The 50-kilogram bronze bust will be handed over to Norway from Russia to mark the 55th anniversary of Gagarin’s historic journey in 1961
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Yuri Gagarin

Yuri Gagarin

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OSLO, March 14. /TASS/. A bust statue of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first man to journey into outer space, will be unveiled in the Norwegian city of Bergen, the chairperson of the North Europe and Baltic states compatriots council said on Monday.

According to Tatiana Dahle, the 50-kilogram bronze bust will be handed over to Norway from Russia to mark the 55th anniversary of Gagarin’s historic journey in 1961.

"Gagarin is a person of the world here, everyone knows him," she said, adding that Norwegians agreed to accept the bust with great enthusiasm, providing it with pedestal and paying transportation costs.

"The decision was taken despite the existing sanctions," Dahle said.

As for now, the sides are preparing the documents, she added.

Russians suggested the bust to be unveiled near the local university, which Gagarin visited in 1964.

The Soviet cosmonaut arrived in Bergen as part of his tour across the globe. Norway, where Gagarin spent eight days, was the 39th country on his tour.

Busts of the first man in space were unveiled in the US, Germany, France, Italy, China and other countries.

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