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21:17:33 — Monday, 20th October, 2014

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Norway sheep radioactivity levels increase

Chernobyl reactor 4

69 sheep farmers in Oppland County’s Gudbrandsdalen have to delay sending their animals to slaughter due to excessive radioactivity this year. The corresponding figure for 2013 was two.

Published on 20th October, 2014 at 21:11 under news by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson.

Hugh Masekela

Oslo celebrates world music

Over 300 foreign music artists appear at the annual festival in Norway’s capital this and next month.

Published on 20th October, 2014 at 07:25 under entertainment by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson.

Reindeer herding

Sami entrepreneurs

Tending herds of reindeer is a way of life for the Sami, as well as a source of income.

Published on 19th October, 2014 at 11:22 under columns by Rasmus Falck.

Earth

Norwegian Space Centre: A small agency with a giant reach

FEATURE: The third of the three “laws” of prediction formulated by British science-fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008) holds that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”. That holds true, even in relatively modern times.

Published on 18th October, 2014 at 08:15 under columns by M. Michael Brady.Last Updated on 18th October 2014 at 08:34.

A Norwegian army soldier

Norway military foreigner-selective

Some 1,000 Norwegian citizens with foreign origins have been turned down for compulsory first-time military service, reports say.

Published on 17th October, 2014 at 22:37 under news by Michael Sandelson.Last Updated on 20th October 2014 at 10:06.

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg

Norway anti-child marriage campaign continues

Friday 10th October’s Nobel Peace Prize to Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi recognized the rights of the child.

Published on 17th October, 2014 at 16:42 under news by Linn Schjerven.Last Updated on 17th October 2014 at 17:12.

 

New Norway tax lists see decrease

Thousand-kroner notes
The 2013 income year tax lists were released overnight, but with a new twist. Unlike previous years, the person you look up on the tax lists will now be…

Published on 17th October, 2014 at 13:52 under news
by Susanne Tunge Østhus.Last Updated on 17th October 2014 at 15:05.

SAS, airports introduce Ebola measures

Landing lights
The Scandinavian carrier has established a plan in the event of any of their passengers becoming infected with the virus.

Published on 17th October, 2014 at 07:40 under news
by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson.Last Updated on 17th October 2014 at 09:36.

 

Swedes shocked by Jens Stoltenberg’s Libya rhetoric

F-16 taking off from Souda Bay
On 19th March 2011, then Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg announced that Norway would take military action in the war against Libya. This appalled…

Published on 16th October, 2014 at 21:13 under news
by Sarah Bostock.Last Updated on 16th October 2014 at 21:26.

Hunting in Norway: whales, moose & reindeer

Whale shot
Norway’s whaling is at least partially justified by invoking the Vikings, but controversy remains.

Published on 16th October, 2014 at 07:03 under columns
by Judith Gabriel Vinje.

 

A possibility for change, Norway greens say

An oil tanker (illustration photo)
Norwegian environmentalists see Helge Lund’s departure from Statoil as an opportunity for renewal.

Published on 15th October, 2014 at 13:18 under news
by Michael Sandelson.Last Updated on 15th October 2014 at 19:32.

Statoil’s Lund steps down

Statoil's Helge Lund
UPDATED: President and CEO Helge Lund leaves the Norwegian energy giant for Britain’s BG Group, several Norwegian media report. His voluntary resignation is…

Published on 15th October, 2014 at 08:42 under news
by Michael Sandelson.Last Updated on 15th October 2014 at 13:35.

 

Conscription for all

Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide
COMMENTARY; Parliament has passed the legislative changes necessary to introduce compulsory military service for males and females in Norway.

Published on 14th October, 2014 at 15:34 under columns
by Ine Eriksen Søreide.

Norway government gets fiscal on foodstuffs

Ketchup
Rightists propose burying what they term as “negligible import duties”.

Published on 14th October, 2014 at 11:38 under news
by Michael Sandelson.

 

A Europeanisation of campus

COMMENTARY: Norway has often benefitted from being a ‘country of difference’ (‘annerledesland’).

Published on 13th October, 2014 at 15:45 under columns
by Ole Petter Ottersen.Last Updated on 13th October 2014 at 16:45.

Government cuts multilingual diversity

Norwegian flag over Bergen
As Press incomes and staff numbers fall, the Norwegian Rightist coalition trims funding to non-Norwegian language media.

Published on 13th October, 2014 at 12:20 under news
by Michael Sandelson.Last Updated on 14th October 2014 at 11:58.

 

Microsoft success for Norway immigrant

Reading fingerprint
This Seattle-based Norwegian company brings fingerprint scanners to a device near you.

Published on 13th October, 2014 at 07:11 under news
by Rasmus Falck.

The war years on Fosnøy, part one

The day the war ended, my father and mother were planting potatoes on our little farm on the island of Fosnøy.

Published on 12th October, 2014 at 11:50 under columns
by Jon Lind.Last Updated on 12th October 2014 at 12:04.

 

Earth observation upgraded on Spitzbergen

Geodetic Earth Observatory
A new radio telescope is being built at Ny-Ålesund on the island of Spitsbergen to replace one built there in 1994. It is the first of its kind in the Arctic.

Published on 11th October, 2014 at 07:53 under columns
by M. Michael Brady.Last Updated on 11th October 2014 at 10:09.

Friday night is taco night in Norway

Tacos Carnitas
Many Norwegians start off each weekend with a taco, also known as the’ fredagstaco’.

Published on 10th October, 2014 at 15:59 under entertainment
by Molly Jones.Last Updated on 10th October 2014 at 16:23.

 

2014 Nobel Peace Prize to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai

The Laureates were awarded the prestigious prize and NOK 1m for their commitment in advocating for children’s rights.

Published on 10th October, 2014 at 13:28 under news
by Susanne Tunge Østhus.Last Updated on 17th October 2014 at 16:45.

Norway highlights child marriage

Kulturkirken Jakob in Oslo
In two days, Thea will be walking down the aisle of Kulturkirken Jakob, in Oslo. It’s expected to be a big wedding.

Published on 9th October, 2014 at 20:33 under news
by Linn Schjerven.Last Updated on 17th October 2014 at 16:44.

 

Prison sentence for Norway’s Northug

Norwegian skier Petter Northug
Petter Northug handed 50 days in jail and banned from driving for life. The Norwegian skiing star also fined NOK 185,000.

Published on 9th October, 2014 at 13:47 under news
by Susanne Tunge Østhus.Last Updated on 9th October 2014 at 20:27.

Norway budget: growth at a time of redundancies

Leather travel case
The Progress Party’s (FrP) Siv Jensen put forward her very first budget as Minister of Finance, Wednesday. The government says it wants to promote an…

Published on 8th October, 2014 at 14:14 under news
by Michael Sandelson.Last Updated on 8th October 2014 at 14:34.

 

EU grants EUR 24.4m to smart cities

A bright idea
Stavanger, Manchester, and Eindhoven have been awarded EU project money worth some NOK 200m for a period of five years.

Published on 8th October, 2014 at 09:52 under news
by Sarah Bostock.Last Updated on 9th October 2014 at 14:36.

Nobel Physics Prize 2014 rewards advances in light

Light signal
This year’s Nobel Physics Prize winners are Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano from Japan and Japanese-American Shuji Nakamura.

Published on 7th October, 2014 at 21:10 under news
by Susanne Tunge Østhus.

 

Somalis alienated from Norwegian job market

A NAV office in eastern Oslo's Tøyen
A growing number of Somali immigrants are feeling humiliated by The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV), a new report shows.

Published on 7th October, 2014 at 16:54 under news
by Susanne Tunge Østhus.

Nobel Medicine Prize to Norwegians, Briton

May-Britt and Edvard Moser
UPDATED: Norway’s Edward and May-Britt Moser awarded this year’s Prize in Medicine or Physiology together with London-based John O’Keefe.

Published on 6th October, 2014 at 12:35 under news
by Michael Sandelson.Last Updated on 7th October 2014 at 09:00.

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Progress reproaches racist politician

“I’ve got nothing against Hedmark being a Muslim-free County. It suits me perfectly,” the official declared.

Early deportation of foreign criminals saves money, say police

2,135 foreigners convicted of one or more crimes were deported from Norway between 2011 and 2012.

Oil companies quiet about redundancies

2,300 redundancies have been reported to NAV’s western Norway branch in September alone. Figures are incomplete, reports say.

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