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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) member tells The Foreigner.

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.

Olav offers Tyra a sprig of Angelica

Norwegian feast days: St. Olav’s Day

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 that day in 1030 at the battle of Stiklestad in what now is Nord-Trøndelag County.

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, Sunday.

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 Service (PST).

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

A Norwegian open-faced sandwich

Norwegian words obscure in translation

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 sandwiches is another matter.

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 24th July 2014 at 22:50.

 

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.

 

UK retro games exhibition to Oslo

Gamers wishing a chance to relive the most popular games with classics from the 70’s and 80’s will get their opportunity in the Norwegian capital in 2016…

Published on 17th July, 2014 at 14:49 under news
by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson.

Depression among Norwegian adolescents at record level

Zoloft bottles (illustration photo)
The number of young people taking medication to treat depression has reached an all-time high in Norway. The largest increase by far is among girls aged 15 to…

Published on 16th July, 2014 at 13:08 under news
by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson.Last Updated on 16th July 2014 at 13:33.

 

Hamas cartoon lands Norway Centre-Right in trouble

Progress’ (FrP) foreign policy spokesperson Kristian Norheim uploaded the ill-received illustration to his Facebook profile. The Centre-Right’s Foreign…

Published on 15th July, 2014 at 15:07 under news
by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson.

Norway and Brazil face similar challenges

Cultivating food
Nearly ten thousand kilometres from Longyearbyen, in the middle of the Atlantic, sits the gorgeous island group of Fernando de Noronha, Brazil. Being just…

Published on 13th July, 2014 at 11:01 under columns
by Ilan Kelman.

 

Norway is ranked high on migrant integration policy

MPEX III radar chart: Norwegian rankings
Migrant integration is on the agenda across Europe and round the world. It depends on many variable factors that only recently have been quantified by the…

Published on 12th July, 2014 at 08:25 under columns
by M. Michael Brady.

Swiss architect revives Norway Zinc Mines

Tourists visiting western Norway can see part of Norwegian industrial history from the 19th Century.

Published on 10th July, 2014 at 09:02 under news
by Nikita Yasuf.

 

Norway polar bear victim’s sanctuary built

Opening of Horatio's Garden
Horatio Chapple was known as “a fine young gentleman with amazing potential”. His story continues to lives on through Horatio’s Garden, a sanctuary for…

Published on 9th July, 2014 at 12:11 under news
by Sarah Bostock.Last Updated on 9th July 2014 at 12:25.

“Hepworth was quite formidable,” says US art curator

"Figure for Landscape"
Artist the Late Barbara Hepworth DBE went against current trends with her ‘Figure for Landscape’ sculptures. The Foreigner talked with the San Diego Museum…

Published on 8th July, 2014 at 10:18 under entertainment
by Michael Sandelson.Last Updated on 10th July 2014 at 08:10.

 

Spitsbergen group was ill-equipped

Equipment the young explorers in Svalbard used to protect themselves from polar bear attacks had “deficiencies and failures”, British Schools Exploring…

Published on 8th July, 2014 at 09:16 under news
by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson.Last Updated on 9th July 2014 at 12:58.

Summer at The Foreigner

Sunny glade
The Foreigner’s publishing schedule and article types will slightly different for the summer holidays.

Published on 7th July, 2014 at 14:41 under new-in-town
by Michael Sandelson.

 

British polar bear victim inquest opens

The camp in the Von Postbreen glacier area
The inquest into the death of an Eton pupil killed on in the Norwegian Archipelago of Svalbard starts today, Monday. Four others were severely injured in the…

Published on 7th July, 2014 at 01:36 under news
by Michael Sandelson.Last Updated on 8th July 2014 at 08:41.

Norway’s Freia Canteen and Park confirmed preserved

Norwegian chocolate manufacturer Freia's well-known canteen in Oslo’s Rodeløkka with paintings by Edvard Munch escapes change.

Published on 3rd July, 2014 at 20:49 under news
by Nikita Yasuf.

 

Norway Segway getaway gathers pace

Oslo Gardermoen International Departures
Interest and use of the motorised two-wheeler is increasing in the Scandinavian country.

Published on 2nd July, 2014 at 12:57 under news
by Michael Sandelson and Sarah Winkelmann.

Luxembourg ECHR ruling has little effect on Norway

Young Saudi women in a niqab (illus. ph)
Norwegian political Parties to the Right and Left do not plan to ban Muslim women wearing a niqab or burka in public for now.

Published on 2nd July, 2014 at 00:48 under news
by Michael Sandelson.Last Updated on 2nd July 2014 at 01:01.

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News in Brief

Pulpit Rock sees record year
A view at Preikestolen

Visits to western Norway’s Preikestolen have increased by 36 per cent in comparison to last year, reports.

Norway terror openness misguided, former Denmark security top dog says

Ex-Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) head Hans-Jørgen Bonnichsen thinks Norway’s openness regarding the terror threats has meant the terrorists have already won.

Polar Bear death inquest verdict expected

The verdict of the inquest into the death of 17-year-old British student Horatio Chapple who died on Svalbard’s Spitsbergen in the Arctic was postponed.

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