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What? Tromsø just became home to the world´s northernmost Porsche bilforretning (car dealership)? Now that is pretty cool. Who would ever think that the German bilforretning (to be sure, the founder was Austrian…) would come to northern Norway, one of the geographically most isolated parts of the world? My initial reactions as far as what I think legitimate this move were:
1) Norwegians have a lot of penger (money) per capita
2) Northern Norway is home to lots of rednecks as we call them (this is not meant to be an insult, I´m friends with quite a few of them!)
Porsche Center Tromsø (also known as Traasdahl) is Norway´s fifth authorized Porsche bilforretning. There are Porsche forhandlere (dealers) in Oslo, Bergen, Son, and Stavanger. The fact that there is now a Porsche forhandler in northern Norway means that literally the top half of the country (Nordland, Finnmark and Svalbard) has a closer forhandler to kjøpe (purchase) from. It´s a long drive from Bergen or Oslo to Tromsø! Trust me, I´ve done it!
Many of you have been to Norway and perhaps gotten a ride with a friend or relative. The average citizen´s automobile in Norway is much much nicer than the average citizen´s vehicle in the United States, for example. Of course there are crappy beaters in Norway just as anywhere else, but the majority of vehicles are in very good condition and cost a hell of a lot more money than vehicles in the U.S. You may have noticed that even the taxis are super nice-usually a Mercedes or Volkswagen. This is not true of just Norway. I have seen this in the Netherlands as well as Sweden. It still never ceases to surprise me though. As an American, I am used to hopping in mediochre cards. I digress…back to Porsches.
Besides Norways´s largest northern city, Tromsø, announcing the opening of it´s new Porsche forretning in August, Porsche has also recently announced major decreases in prices for models that are designed to minimize pollution. I´m into irony at the moment and I would like to simply state that although Norway produces a large amount of the worlds oil and gas, Norwegians are very conscious about their impact on the environment. Triple bonus! Northern Norwegians with a lot of penger, a desire for a Porsche, and would like to lessen their carbon footprint can now purchase a Porsche in Tromsø:)
I´m not super into biler (cars), but I am into Tromsø and I think it´s pretty cool that Tromsø has recently opened a Porsche forhandler!