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Nansen’s dead water and modern shipping challenges

Expedition ship Fram leaving Bergen 2 July 1893

A sailing phenomenon experienced by polar explorer Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930) more than a century ago still holds water in contemporary times.

Published on 19th August, 2014 at 11:07 under columns by M. Michael Brady.

Norway teachers widen strike

Some 5,500 teachers are staging industrial action, with a further 2,200 scheduled to stage a walkout on Thursday this week.

Published on 18th August, 2014 at 20:56 under news by Susanne Tunge Østhus.

Oslo City Hall

Annual Melafestivalen Returns to Oslo

The free multicultural event is held every year at City Hall in the Norwegian capital.

Published on 14th August, 2014 at 23:53 under entertainment by Nikita Yasuf.

Poles outnumber other immigrants in Norway

The Pakistani-Norwegian community grew to be the largest immigrant minority in Norway from the late 1960s when the first Pakistani immigrated to Norway. No more. Polish immigrants now are more numerous.

Published on 13th August, 2014 at 00:22 under columns by M. Michael Brady.Last Updated on 13th August 2014 at 00:48.

Luxury Northern Lights hotel planned

A snowflake-shaped glass hotel will be floating off the coast of northern Norway’s Tromsø in December 2016, reports say.

Published on 11th August, 2014 at 18:56 under news by Sarah Bostock.

A common cause

The thought of being a citizen of a society where one gets judged by one’s faith, skin color and name worries me. Difference among the citizens must be seen as a strength in a society rather than the opposite.

Published on 11th August, 2014 at 02:31 under columns by Nasir Ahmed.Last Updated on 11th August 2014 at 18:06.

 

British rowers fail to beat Norwegian rowing feat

Elliott Dale and Chris Walters tried to better the 118 year old North Atlantic crossing record last week, but missed by five days.

Published on 11th August, 2014 at 01:32 under news
by M. Michael Brady.Last Updated on 11th August 2014 at 18:06.

Giving EVs a Norwegian boost?

Smart parking
Electric vehicles are taking Norway by storm. People assume that they contribute less to climate change than petrol vehicles.

Published on 10th August, 2014 at 00:38 under columns
by Ilan Kelman.

 

Norway scientists study cattle virus prevention methods

A cold-like virus is becoming a growing concern with cattle in Norway. A costly infection, it could see the decline in their numbers.

Published on 7th August, 2014 at 01:21 under news
by Sarah Bostock.

Norway authorities threw Taliban Minister out quietly

Former Taliban Minister Abdul Rauf Mohammed was secretly deported from Norway on the 8th of July. He was formally expelled five years ago.

Published on 5th August, 2014 at 20:10 under news
by Susanne Tunge Østhus.

 

Visit modern Vikings in Lofoten

A woman at Borg
People wishing to see how the Vikings used to live have the opportunity this week in the Northern Norway archipelago.

Published on 4th August, 2014 at 22:43 under entertainment
by Tove Andersson.

Canary Islands oil plans prompt travel industry, environmental concerns

Map of the Canary Islands
The Canary Islands are a very popular destination for Scandinavians but there are fears planned oil exploration drilling could mar the area and its sunshine.

Published on 4th August, 2014 at 10:01 under news
by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson.Last Updated on 4th August 2014 at 10:51.

 

Norway 22 July terror attack victim’s ideals live on

Tore Eikeland
LONDON: A foundation helping Africans has been set up in Norwegian Tore Eikeland’s name. The leader of Hordaland County AUF and member of European Youth of…

Published on 1st August, 2014 at 22:47 under news
by Manisha Choudhari.Last Updated on 1st August 2014 at 22:59.

Norway police preparedness levels normalised

Security authorities say the current situation now means they can carry this out. There are still no specifics about last week’s announced potential terror…

Published on 1st August, 2014 at 13:00 under news
by Michael Sandelson and Susanne Tunge Østhus.

 

Sweden Extreme Right trip spawns spat

The national socialists displaying their organisation’s symbol on their hike to the top of Norway’s highest mountain was disrespectful, a Labour Party (Ap)…

Published on 30th July, 2014 at 14:04 under news
by Michael Sandelson and Sarah Winkelmann.Last Updated on 30th July 2014 at 14:42.

Norwegian feast days: St. Olav’s Day

Olav offers Tyra a sprig of Angelica
The 29th of July is St. Olav’s Day (Olsok), in commemoration of Olav II Haraldsson (b. 995), the King credited with Christianising the Vikings. He fell on…

Published on 29th July, 2014 at 12:14 under columns
by M. Michael Brady.Last Updated on 29th July 2014 at 12:40.

 

Norway terror attack threat “somewhat reduced”

Police Security Service (PST) Director Benedicte Bjørnland confirmed the news regarding latest information they have received at their press conference,…

Published on 27th July, 2014 at 17:27 under news
by Michael Sandelson.Last Updated on 27th July 2014 at 20:12.

Norway police maintain phlegmatic tone about terror threat

Norwegian National Police Directorate officials say they are upholding current response and preparedness levels following consultation with the Police Security…

Published on 26th July, 2014 at 17:10 under news
by Michael Sandelson.Last Updated on 27th July 2014 at 17:29.

 

Norwegian words obscure in translation

A Norwegian open-faced sandwich
Pålegg is a curious word. It has concise legal meanings that have exact equivalents in English. But its everyday meaning of edibles on top of open-faced…

Published on 26th July, 2014 at 15:08 under columns
by M. Michael Brady.

Electric vehicle CO2 emissions should be reduced, researchers say

Nearly half of EVs’ CO2 emissions come from battery production. There are now calls to use Norwegian hydropower instead.

Published on 24th July, 2014 at 22:01 under news
by Lyndsey Smith.Last Updated on 10th August 2014 at 00:49.

 

Terror threat against Norway announced

Benedicte Bjørnland, PST director
Norwegian Security Police (PST) say concrete information indicates a terror attack is planned in Norway within the next few days.

Published on 24th July, 2014 at 11:44 under news
by Michael Sandelson.Last Updated on 26th July 2014 at 17:32.

The disappearing Norwegians

Deserted road in Oslo
We were on our way to dinner the first time it happened. Though we’d lived in Oslo only a few weeks, we’d already found a favorite pizza place.

Published on 23rd July, 2014 at 13:32 under columns
by Audrey Camp.

 

Norway PM stresses togetherness, trust

Utøya in the sunset
Erna Solberg re-iterates Norwegian society’s most important aspects on 22nd July, three years to the day following the terrorist’s twin attacks.

Published on 22nd July, 2014 at 13:05 under news
by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith.

Obscure Norwegian words: ‘feleger’

Question mark sign
Words come and go in Norwegian, as they do in other languages. Often words fall into disuse in everyday language yet persist in specialist sectors, obscure to…

Published on 20th July, 2014 at 12:58 under columns
by M. Michael Brady.Last Updated on 26th July 2014 at 15:12.

 

UK coroner clears fatal Arctic polar bear attack expedition company of “neglect”

The coroner in charge of the inquest into 17-year-old Horatio Chapple’s death returns a verdict stating that the British Schools Exploration Society (BSES)…

Published on 19th July, 2014 at 23:38 under news
by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith.Last Updated on 19th July 2014 at 23:52.

Folk music festival strikes a sour note

Red accordion
Students are often blamed for partying noisily all hours of the night, but some in mid-Norway’s Steinkjer had to flee to local hotels to escape what they say…

Published on 19th July, 2014 at 13:27 under news
by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson.Last Updated on 19th July 2014 at 13:37.

 

Norway bottom of EU regulations class

Thumb down
Norway and Iceland are poorest regarding introducing new EU rules on time, according to the EFTA Surveillance Authority.

Published on 18th July, 2014 at 12:44 under news
by Sarah Bostock.

Parents drop Nordics-specific names

Fewer and fewer parents are giving their children names containing the vowels ø, æ and å, Statistics Norway figures show.

Published on 18th July, 2014 at 00:22 under news
by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson.Last Updated on 18th July 2014 at 00:37.

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News in Brief

‘Nordic Cannes’ comes to western Norway

The Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund continues this week, a major film and cinema festival of its kind in the Scandinavian country.

Killed dog’s memorial draws 1,000

More than 1,000 people attended the memorial of a dog shot by a sheep farmer in western Norway last week.

Rogaland County sees major flooding

Police warned people to stay at home due to heavy rain and travel disruption, Thursday.

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