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Australia Day offers perfect 65th birthday present for new citizen

Portrait of Niels-Jorgen Toxvaerd Niels-Jorgen Toxvaerd

For Niels-Jorgen Toxvaerd 2014 will be a momentous year. This Australia Day not only will he celebrate his 65th birthday, he will become an Australian citizen on the 65th anniversary of Australian citizenship.

On 26 January 1949 the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948 came into effect creating the new status of Australian citizen. Since then, more than 4.5 million people from around the world have become Australian citizens.

After venturing from Denmark on a business trip, Niels-Jorgen, his wife and two children moved to Australia in 1995. Niels-Jorgen said ‘I fell in love with the friendliness of its people, the fantastic nature and the exquisite food’.

After 20 years he has decided to cement his connection to Australia. ‘I feel as much Australian as I am a Dane,’ he said.

Niels-Jorgen will join nearly 17 900 other people across the nation who will make the Australian citizenship pledge and become citizens on Australia Day.

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