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Society
Over 334,000 people were paid disability insurance at the end of September.This is an increase of 2,100 people, but the proportion of social security payments remains stable.   This is shown in figures for the third quarter from Nav.A total of 9.8% of the population aged 18 to 67 years old are disabled. This is the same share as at the end of the second quarter. There has been an increase in all counties in the past year,except in Troms, which has had a de...
Society
Eastern Norway gained more rain over the weekend than the total in June and July Throughout June and July, a total of 78.1 millimetres of rain fell on Tryvannshøgda in Oslo. On Saturday and Sunday, 98.2 millimetres were measured.   The contrasts were shown in the years rainfall in Norway. “In summer, less rain fell than normal, while both Saturday and Sunday were on the top five list of wet November days since the Meteorological Institute started measureme...
Society
43,000 more people earning wages in Norway In the third quarter of this year, there were almost 2.7 million wage earners in Norway. That is almost 43,000 more than during the same quarter last year. The growth among men is 2.1 per cent, against 1.2 per cent for women, according to Statistics Norway. The number of employment appointments in Norway increased by 1.9 per cent to 2.9 million appointments in the third quarter of this year. Growth in the number o...
Society
The second round of the 2018 World Chess Championship in London between three-time defending champion Magnus Carlsen and American Fabiano Caruana ended in a draw on Saturday. The two young chess stars, both under 30, have one point each after drawing their opening two games of the tournament. Italian prodigy Carlsen is seeking to cement his reputation as one of history's greatest chess players, while Caruana is another young star helping to return mass app...
Society
Norway said on Friday it was freezing all defence material export licences to Saudi Arabia over recent developments in the country and the war in Yemen. The announcement came amid international outrage over Riyadh's killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul in October, though Norway did not mention the murder specifically. "We have decided that, in the current situation, no new licences are to be granted for exports...
Society
An operation was underway Thursday to try to stop a Norwegian navy frigate from sinking after it collided with a Maltese oil tanker in a fjord in western Norway. Eight people received minor injuries in the accident, which took place shortly after 4:00 am (0300 GMT) in a busy waterway in the Hjeltefjord near Bergen, Norway's military said. The 137 people on board the KNM Helge Ingstad frigate, which was returning from Nato's Trident Juncture exercises, were...
Society
Far from the sun-kissed beaches of Rio de Janeiro and Ipanema, Brazilian surfer Gil Ferreira plunges into Norway's icy waters to ride over the dark swells of the Arctic. Swapping shorts for a thick-skinned wetsuit and gloves, Ferreira braved freezing weather, rain and seals in the Lofoten Masters, the only surf competition held in the extremes of the Northern Hemisphere. Ferreira was one of 32 participants in this year's Lofoten tournament, which increasin...
Society
The Coca-Cola Company wants local brand Tøyen-Cola’s new product Jallasprite to be banned with the claim of trademark infringement and violation of the marketing act. According to Vårt Oslo’s report, Jallasprite and Tøyen-Cola’s producer Jarle Hollerud has been informed by Coca-Cola Company that the case will be taken to the district court in Oslo, if he does not stop using the name Jallasprite before Friday. The Coca-Cola Company also requires that all bo...
Society
A Norwegian navy frigate and an oil tanker from Malta collided in Øygarden in western Norway. Seven people were injured. Returning from Nato’s Trident Juncture exercise, KNM Helge Ingstad frigate collided with the Sola TS oil tanker, Norwegian Royal Army confirmed. A total of 137 people were on board the frigate while 23 were on the tanker. The oil tanker received only slight damage, while the frigate has been seriously damaged. A small oil slick from the...
Society
The Norwegian cheese Fanaost was named as the world’s best cheese during the World Cheese Awards in Bergen on Friday night. A total of 3,472 cheeses from all over the world participated in the competition to become the world’s best. Norwegian cheese Fanaost, from the producer Ostegården in Bergen, won the competition, writes NRK. Fanaost, according to the manufacturer, is a mild, round and semi-solid cheese that reminds Gouda, made from pasteurized cow mil...
Society
Prime Minister Erna Solberg does not want to change abortion practice in Norway, but will remove “discriminatory element in the law”, according to Dagens Næringsliv. Solberg has been criticized for her willingness to negotiate changes in the Abortion Act, as she needs the support of Christian Democrats (KrF) for her bourgeois government. In an interview with the newspaper, Solberg says that women should still be able to use abortion right after 12 weeks if...
Society
There is inequality in reading skills among school students in Norway than in 19 other OECD countries, a research report from UNICEF shows.   Countries such as Latvia, Spain and Finland make it by easier. This is reflected in UNICEF’s research report An Unfair Start: Inequality in Children’s Education in Rich Countries. It ranks 41 member states of the EU and OECD in terms of degree of inequality in kindergartens, primary and secondary schools. The purpose...
Society
The «hot» missions that Joshua French has confirmed that he and Tjostolv Moland were involved in as mercenaries in Congo may be in violation of Norwegian law, writes the Norwegian newspaper, VG.   The Norwegian Violent Crimes Unit (Kripos) will consider a review of the assignments related to the security company SIG Uganda, which Tjostolv Moland and Joshua French were active in before entering Congo on the fateful trip in May 2009. VG is informed by severa...
Society
During the past three years, artisan and boutique jewellers have seen challenges, similar to the traditional retail sector. The main factors are the shift to online marketplaces and changing tastes and preferences. The online stores offer a wide selection and instant price comparison, making it very easy for consumers to click and buy from anywhere at any time. Moreover, the marketplaces are very promotional oriented, offering deep discounts and free shipp...
Society
Since the Ministry of Health in 2016 established that it would allow abortions of healthy twin fetuses, 25 such abortions have been carried out in Norway. A total of 38 abortions of twins have been performed since 2016, of which 13 were justified by fetal disease. It is the P4 news agency that has collected the figures from the National Center for Invasive Fetal Medicine at St. Olavs Hospital that has performed the interventions. In 2001, the Ministry of H...
Society
Norway’s most sold Coffee cup is 15 years old Every year, it is sold in around 400,000 of them and they are filled up with hot drinks 20 million times. This year, the Circle K-cup turns 15 years old. Loved and hated through those years. Now it gets a total makeover.   – According to our calculations, the Circle K cups are filled up a total of 20 million times a year at our Norwegian petrol stations. Therefore, I think can safely call this Norway’s most sol...
Society
The Young Liberals believe church asylum undermines the Norwegian asylum system and wish to discontinue the practice. Not unexpectedly, that is strongly objected to by ecclesiastical environments.   Recently re-elected Leader of the Liberal’s Youth organisation (Unge Venstre), Sondre Hansmark, points to that it is not the politicians’ responsibility to relate to what is holy or not. The police and the state have a monopoly on law everywhere, regardless of...
Society
The Jostedal glacier has retracted 80 metres in summer The Nigard arm of the Jostedal glacier has retracted 80 metres during the summer, which may make it more dangerous than before, says Professor Atle Nesje.   – Some of these glacier fingers are quite dangerous. When they melt and crack up, they become potentially even more dangerous to those who venture too close to them, Nesje tells NRK. He is a professor in glaciology at the University of Bergen, Norw...
Society
About 50,000 NATO personnel from 31 NATO and partner countries are have come to Norway to join Trident Juncture exercise starting on Thursday. The exercise is NATO’s largest drills since the end of the Cold War. The massive exercise takes place in and around Norway and involves about 65 ships, 250 aircraft and 10,000 vehicles. Talking to VOA, NATO’s Command Senior Enlisted Leader for Allied Command Operations, Command Sgt. Maj. Davor Petek said that the la...
Society
Wolf felled from a helicopter in Finnmark The wolf that has recently killed up to 50 sheep and reindeer in Finnmark, was on Sunday felled by a crew from the Norwegian National Inspectorate, by means of a helicopter.   The Leader in Skuohtanjarga reindeer grazing district, Mikkel Sara, is relieved that the carnivore is finally felled. It occurred just after 3 pm on Sunday. – We think that we are talking of up to 100 reindeer that has been taken by a wolf in...
Society
Nato's biggest military exercises since the end of the Cold War, dubbed Trident Juncture 18, take place in Norway from October 25th to November 7th in what will be a massive display of strength. Around 50,000 troops from 31 countries -- Nato's 29 member states plus Sweden and Finland -- will take part in the manoeuvres organised in central Norway for the land exercises, in the North Atlantic and the Baltic Sea for the maritime operations, and in Norwegian,...
Politics
Ehsan Hosseinzadeh is an Iranian lawyer and human rights activist. He writes for national newspapers such as Ghanoon, Shahrvand and Araz, focusing on social, legal and human rights issues in Iran. This is his first article as a guest writer for Norway Today, about Human rights as a basis for Iran-Norwegian Relation.   There is an old policy that economic relations is a good basis for starting or expanding political relations between countries but this arti...
Society
Crushed strawberry jam twice as pricey as regular Crushed strawberry jam is almost twice as expensive as the regular variety, according to DinSide.   When Dinside was out in the stores and checked prices on many kinds of spreads, they came across a somewhat weird price difference: Nora homemade strawberry jam costs NOK 24.90 at Extra and Rema 1000, while the crushed variety from the same brand costs NOK 40.20. Converted to the price per kilogram, this will...
Society
NAF believes that a commuter warranty must be introduced that automatically refunds commuters when the train is delayed.   When several towns impose restrictions on car traffic, it is important that public transport is adequate, says Communications Adviser in NAF, Ingunn Handagard, to NRK. NAF wants the Norwegian authorities to introduce the same regime that exists in Denmark. In Denmark, registered commuters are automatically refunded if the train is not...
Society
Ready for Prison strike – inmates locked in their cells Prisoners are locked in or have to take care of themselves when 4,400 prison workers go to political strike. Nevertheless, Norwegian inmates support the two-hour strike.   Between 11 am and 1 pm on Monday, prison workers lay down their work all across Norway. They protest against the Government’s proposal for a National Budget, which proposes, among other items, to shut down seven prison units in sout...
Society
Employer responsibility in Norwegian to the Supreme Court Who has real employer responsibility for pilots and cabin crew in Norwegian Airlines (NAS)? For one and a half weeks the question will be dealt with by the Norwegian Supreme Court.   The cabin crews and pilots brought the claim that it is the parent company Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA to court to decide who their real employer is. The cabin crew is currently employed by Norwegian Cabin Services Norway...
Society
Determined to go green, Oslo is slowly but surely ridding its city centre of motorists, angering some who say the "war on cars" is putting the brakes on individual freedoms. "We have to give the city back to the people, so children can play safely, so elderly people can have more benches to sit on," argues Hanna Marcussen outside Oslo's City Hall, its cobblestone square recently blocked off to traffic. "In order to do that, you have to get rid of cars, whi...
Society
The water came in half an hour, says Trond Brandsar, who lives in one of the flooded areas in Skjåk. Skjåk is normally considered as the driest place in Norway.   – This has been terribly bad. I almost did not sleep at all last night, the 32-years-old tells NTB outside his home at Bismo on Monday morning. He, his wife and their two children had to leave their house in a hurry the day before. Then water from the Otta River poured into the housing area where...
Society
Hainan Airlines will be the first to fly regularly between Norway and China, starting in spring 2019. The route Oslo-Beijing will be operated three times a week.   – The new route from Beijing to Oslo is the first direct route between China and Norway, operated by a Chinese company. With this, we will get an improved route offer between China and Europe, says Mr. Liu Jichun, Vice President of Hainan Airlines.– This new route will stimulate the development...
Society
The consumers do not care for sheep meat. Everybody wants lamb. Sheep farmer Bjørn Pettersen from Slengen in Levanger is paid NOK four for one sheep.   Last settlement from the Nortura slaughterhouse in Malvik shows that the sheep farmer was paid NOK 315 for a total of 25 animals. – On average, I was paid a meat price of between NOK four and five per sheep, says Bjørn Pettersen to Trønder-Avisa. That equates to 2 Euro cent (19 øre) per kilo. He believes th...
Society
The person who was stabbed at Majorstua in Oslo on Monday has died of the injuries. The police are now searching, with large teams,  after the perpetrator.   “We have been informed that the person died from the injuries,” says operations manager Marita Aune in Oslo Police District to NTB. The police are now investigating to figure out what has happened and are looking for a presumed perpetrator. “We are taking statements from witnesses on the spot and wait...
Business
Since 2014, Schibsted has injected NOK 2.5 billion into a technology center in London, but the prestigious project has now been shelved. Under the name of Schibsted Products & Technology UK Limited, developers were to build platforms and components for the media and classified companies in Schibsted reported Dagens Næringsliv newspaper. The project was framed with great optimism during the company’s quarterly presentation for the third quarter of 2016, but...
Society
Norway’s Aluminum giant Hydro announced today that ’s alumina refinery Alunorte in Brazil is preparing for full curtailment of its operation. Half state owned Norwegian aluminum company Hydro was accused of serious environmental damage in Brazil in February 2018. In addition to a leak of toxic mining debris that has contaminated several communities in Barcarena, the Norwegian giant Hydro was accused to have used a “clandestine pipeline to discharge untreat...
Society
After a Russian was arrested with espionage accusation during a seminar in Norwegian parliament (Stortinget) last week, the PMs have been told to change their mobile phones. Stortinget administration asked the representatives with the office by the parliament cinema to change the communication equipment. The parliament cinema is next to the offices of the Labor Party’s Foreign and Defense Committees, where members routinely handle classified information. A...
Society
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict. Both laureates have made a crucial contribution to focusing attention on, and combating, such war crimes. Denis Mukwege is the helper who has devoted his life to defending these victims. Nadia Murad is the witness who tells of the abuses perpetrated agai...
Society
Donald Trump? Hardly. Reconciliation between the Koreas? Rather premature. Peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea? Probably missed the deadline. As the 2018 Nobel peace prize looms, it's easier to rule out names than guess who's going to win. This year the field of possibilities facing the five members of theNorwegian committee tasked with awarding the prize was pretty wide, with 331individuals and organisations proposed for the prestigious prize, which willbe...
Society
Norwegian diapers smuggled in large quantities Low diaper prices in Norway have led to smuggling with the aim to sell them on the black market abroad. As a result of a price war in the grocery stores dating from 2010, Norway has very low prices on diapers compared to other countries. The stores used cheap diapers as a lure to make parents of infants and toddlers shop with them. Eight years later, the Norwegian diaper prices are still low compared with othe...
Society
Three men in Germany are convicted of several violations of the Drugs Act. One of the men also received punishment for a Norwegian 15-years-old dying after ingesting «Elephant dope» . According to the police, the Norwegian 15-years-old died as a result of injecting the lethal drug carbofentanil, also known as «Elephant dope». The substance was bought on the darknet, and a German citizen is convicted of causing the death of the 15-years-old by the District...
Society
Today is the start of this year’s lobster fishing. Too many it is the greatest fairytale of the autumn. A fairytale that can quickly become a nightmare, if you do not remember to take safety on board seriously enough. If you are going fishing in autumn, it is not only smart but vital to consider your own safety. With the temperature in the water being what it is, you won’t survive for many minutes lacking the correct equipment, and you should be prepared f...
Society
There is a battle raging on scientificness, researchers are targets in polarised debates according to a professorat UiO. Allegations of steered research “We know from representative investigations among journalists and bloggers that the highest incidence of threats and harassment is in matters relating to immigration and political conflicts. Furthermore, we also know that the public has low confidence in the coverage of immigration matters by the mass medi...
Society
It is currently unclear whether any Norwegians are located on the earthquake and tsunami hit island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs currently has no information indicating that Norwegian citizens need consular assistance in Indonesia” said Kari Eken Wollebæk, Press Officer at the UD to NTB news. The reported deaths after the earthquake and the tsunami on Friday had risen to 832 on Saturday. However, the figure is still expected t...
Society
Several reputable researchers believe two new Norwegian satellites for the High North are potential targets for Russia and China. The two Norwegian satellites are equipped with American communication equipment, and the fear is that these could be a target in a “space war” between China, Russia and the United States wrote NRK news. Senior researcher, Theresa Hitchens, at the Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland, pointe...
Society
Over 1,000 people were gathered at Hellerudsletta on Saturday, among other things to attend what is called Norway’s first major premier Fortnite tournament. Fortnite is one of four games competed in during the Polaris Lan Pro series,which took place on the 29th of September and lasts until the 2nd of October - writes norwaytoday.info Saturday wasthe competition in Playerunknown’s’ Battlegrounds (PUBG) and Rocket League.The Fortnite tournament does not fini...
Society
Avinor will require more than 10,000 kroner a year in order to allow employees to park at Oslo Airport.Parat’s deputy leader, Vegard Einan,said this is critical for many low-paid employees in small part-time positions,on temporary contracts with unpredictable working hours. Einan said there are a lot of employees in catering, services and guard services who work at times of the day without a public transport offer who therefore depend on their own car. “Ma...
Society
Only one-third of the interpreters used in the public arena are qualified as interpreters according to a new report from the Integration and Diversity Directorate (IMDi). “We are worried about the consequences for legal certainty, life and health,” said Libe Rieber-Mohn, Director of IMDi- writes norwaytoday.info  In addition, a survey shows that many end up being interpreters. There are few permanent jobs, they are priced by private suppliers who have inte...
Society
“Oslo air has improved,” the environmental bureau’s Lan Marie Berg (MDG) says. This means that the truck industry will avoid additional planned fees. NRK writes that the city council has decided to postpone the tax indefinitely. “This is a joyful day for us,” says regional manager Johan Kristian Bjerke in the Norwegian Trucking Association in Oslo, Akershus and Østfold. He has worked for a long time to cancel the tax, which would apply to trucks without th...
Society
In the past five years there have been 148 killings in Norway.In 19 cases, the perpetrator was an asylum seeker show new numbers from Kripos special investigation unit. The Kripos numbers show that perpetrators were foreign nationals in 45 of the 148 killings. “And in 19 of the 45 cases, the perpetrators were asylum seekers” said police chief Vibeke Schei Syversen of Kripos to TV 2 news. She stated that the victims were often other asylum seekers. “In 15 o...
Society
A 23-years-old man is in Stavanger District Court sentenced to three months of unconditional jail after ordering a sex doll that resembles a very young child. According to the verdict, the doll was designed in such a way that it sexualises children. That is illegal according to Norwegian law, writes Stavanger Aftenblad . When the police found out what the young man from Stavanger had ordered from China, they conducted a search of his home. Here they, among...
Society
The brand new, unmanned cabin is designed by Snøhetta, and is located just two kilometres (1.25 miles) from the nearest metro station. Fuglemyrhytta has amazing views towards the Oslo Fjord, and its ten beds are now available for overnight stays. Just eight kilometres from thecity centre, Fuglemyrhytta’s location near is perfect for exploring the forests around Oslo. The famous viewpoint of Vettakollen is just a short walk from the cabin, and ski and hikin...
Ecology
Determined to go green, Oslo is slowly but surely ridding its city centre of motorists, angering some who say the "war on cars" is putting the brakes on individual freedoms. "We have to give the city back to the people, so children can play safely,so elderly people can have more benches to sit on," argues Hanna Marcussenoutside Oslo's City Hall, its cobblestone square recently blocked off totraffic. "In order to do that, you have to get rid of cars, which...
Society
The Norwegian police on Monday said Dutch investigators were helping them search for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's associate Arjen Kamphuis, who mysteriously disappeared in northern Norway three weeks ago. The 47-year-old Dutch cyber security expert has been missing since August20th when he left his hotel in the northern Norwegian town of Bodø, triggeringnumerous conspiracy theories on social media. Two Dutch investigators have arrived in Bodø to help...
Society
Child mortality in Norway has decreased by almost 70% since 1990 shows a new UN report. Last year, three children died in five years per 1,000 born in Norway, against nine children per 1,000 born in 1990. This means that child mortality in Norway has been reduced by almost 70% in 28 years according to the UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), and World Bank. Children’s mortality is also falling worldwide.An estimated 6.3 million children died last y...
Society
Fewer drug addicts start with heroin, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health concludes in a report published on Tuesday. The report points to four findings in the research that indicate this. Only 10 percent of new patients in specialist treatment for substance abuse problems were diagnosed with opioid addiction last year. This patient group accounts for 46 percent in total. In a survey conducted by drug users on street level in Norwegian cities, it is s...
Crime
Six people were arrested, and one woman and her two sons were charged with receiving stolen goods after the Oslo police acted against a car wash in Oslo this week. The arrests and robbery on Monday were linked to persons who the police believe are affiliated with a criminal network in Oslo south wrote the police in a press release. The starting point for the action was a trial against three people for receiving stolen goods. According to VG newspaper, the...
Society
Preliminary figures from the Directorate of Education show the number of apprenticeship contracts has increased for the third consecutive year. ‘’It’s good news,’’ said Minister of Knowledge, Jan Tore Sanner of Høyre (H). The record from 2017 thus appears to be in decline. By the end of August, a total of 802 more apprentices had received an approved contract as compared to the same time last year. It accounts for 44.3% of applicants, and corresponds to an...
Society
The introductory integration programs help refugee women to get a faster job in Norway and Sweden than in other European countries. The report, prepared by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Kristian Tronstad at Oslo Metropolitan University, reveals that 45 per cent of refugee women in Norway were employed after five years of residence in Norway. It is higher than countries such as Germany (20 percent) and Austria (18 perc...
Business
The newly appointed oil and energy minister Kjell-Børge Freiberg says that Norwegian oil is good for climate and they will produce as much oil as they wish. – Norway will produce as much oil as possible… It will be good for the climate, said he to Stavanger Aftenblad. The oil is still the most important industry for Norway, he believes. The world needs safe and clean oil, according to Freiberg. – At the same time we are going to achieve the climate targets...
Society
Almost one in five Norwegians disagree with the experts and refuse to believe that the Bank of Norway follows its own prediction and increases the key interest rate next week. The Bank of Norway (Norges Bank) has not increased its key interest rate since May 2011. But after more than seven years of dropping and record low interest rates, we are heading for a change of tack. It is virtually certain that the key interest rate will be raised by 0.25 percentag...
Society
Two men were arrested after breaking into a car dealership in Kristiansand, stealing a Mercedes, and shaking off the police before they drove off the road. It took about three hours from the men to breaking into the car shop at 01.35 on Saturday night until they drove off the road and could be arrested just before 04.30. “We were notified by Securitas shortly after the burglary,and a police patrol followed the car up the highway 9 north of Strait,” said Jo...
Society
The Norwegian child welfare (Barnevern) took away the daughter from her mother. European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) rules that Norway has violated human rights in the case, reports NTB - writes tnp.no The daughter has been seperated from the mother in 2011. The mother said that she was not allowed to see her child and deprived of parental rights. ECHR dealt with the case last year and ruled that Norway has violated human rights. “Everyone is entitled to...
Society
On Saturday police arrested 13 Ukrainians who are working with a traveling Tivoli/carneval in Tønsberg who did not have valid working permits. All those arrested have been transported to the immigration detention center in Trandum, pending a decision by the UDI on deportation from Norway, Southeast Police District said. The Tivoli is part of the Messa Festival in Tønsberg. It was the police’s labor force unit behind the action. The police inform NTB that t...
Sports
The national team’s victory run came to a dramatic end in Sofia in Bulgaria on Sunday, but Norway deserved better than the 0-1 loss which made Bulgaria team leaders in the national league before the October matches. Substitute Radoslav Vasilev had been on the pitch less than ten minutes when he took charge of the Bulgarian team’s first and only real chance.Strahil Popov hit from the right side and struck a perfect shot.Vasilev won a duel with Håvard Nordtv...
Society
Introducing a mobile use ban in schools, more charging stations for electric cars and dinner at home at 16:00 are some of the issues the Conservatives (Høyre) promises to work for before next year’s election. “The mobile use rules must be managed locally, and it must be the individual teacher who decides,” says Deputy Minister and Knowledge Minister Jan Tore Sanner to VG. Prime Minister and Party leader Erna Solberg answer all parents who are worried that...
Politics
Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, is waiting for the final count of the votes after Sunday’s general elections in Sweden. She currently has no comment on the unclear political situation where the struggle for Government power already has begun. – I have no other comment than that this is very exciting. We’ll have to wait and see how the final outcome is when they have finished counting all the votes, says Solberg to NTB. Even when the last results we...
Society
The Consumer Council has found major variations in the quality of food served in Norwegian kindergartens according to Klassekampen newspaper. It is a worrying trend. “We are worried about the big difference between the diets of children in kindergartens. There are moderation schemes for parents with low incomes, but the costs are excluded” said Marie Skinstad-Jansen, chairperson of the parent committee for kindergartens (FUB). Today, 52 kindergartens have...
Ecology
"The ocean is a vital part of the biosphere and an important part of the global economy," said Yngve Slyngstad, the head of the fund valued at 8.66 trillion kroner (€890 billion, $1.03 trillion). "We expect companies to manage the challenges and opportunities related to sustainable use of the oceans," he added. A heavyweight on the global finance scene, the Government Pension Fund Global published a document outlining what it expects from the 9,000 compani...
Society
30 people died on Norwegian roads this summer. That is two fewer than in the three summer months last year. Among the 30 who were killed in June, July and August are 19 men and 11 women.Half died in passenger cars while 11 were killed on motorcycles.This was shown in the Norwegian Road Safety Authority’s preliminary review of summer accidents. In August, seven lives lost in traffic, which is five fewer than in August last year. “We could be heading for the...
Incidents
A 60-year-old man who was walking with his daughter died after descending a mountain stream at Mjølkedalsbreen in Sogn and Fjordane. The accident was reported to the police at 17.11 on Sunday afternoon. ‘’They were on a day trip in the area when the accident occurred. The man fell down a mountain cliff around a hundred meters.The air ambulance was sent in, but the man was dead when he was found,” said Per Algrøy, operations manager of the Western police di...
Society
So far in 2018 there are 54 mountain fox litters and at least 269 puppies in this country. This is heading towards being the best year since the monitoring started 15 years ago. “It’s gratifying that over a number of years, mountain foxes have responded so positively to the measures we have taken to prevent the species from dying out,” says Yngve Svarte, Director of the Environment, in a press release. “Increased incidence of leamons and rodents in some ar...
Society
A long line of eager voters was queueing outside the Swedish Embassy in Oslo in the final vote of the pre-voting session for Sweden. Sweden holds parliamentary elections the following Sunday, and Swedish voters have been able to pre-vote at the embassy in Oslo since the 16th of August. On Monday, it was the last evening the Embassy would be open late, 1900, and the queues were long. On the Facebook page of the Embassy, it reassured that the doors would be...
Incidents
The police and the fire department were called out to another car fire in Oslo on Sunday night. The police believe the car had been set alight deliberately. To NRK news, operations manager Gjermund Stokkli of Oslo police district announced that they moved to Refstad Allé at 04.30, and that the fire was quickly extinguished. According to the police,there had also been a fire in two rubbish bins nearby. On Saturday night, four cars burned in a residential ar...
Society
Integration and multiculturalism were the theme when Queen Sonja invited 15 women from different cultural backgrounds to tea at the Palace. Monday guests have backgrounds from Eritrea, Somalia, Liberia, Pakistan, Malaysia, Iran, India, Guatemala, Syria and Afghanistan. They actively participate in various projects that promote the integration of women - writes norwaytoday.info “What you most have in common is that you have come to Norway from different pla...
Culture
More than 10,000 young people have so far signed up for confirmations with the Human Ethics Association in 2019. This year, a total of 11,539 were confirmed by the Human-Ethics Association. According to the association,that corresponds to 18.4% of all 15-year-olds in Norway. “Almost every fifth youth in Norway chose to confirm humanistically this year,” said Secretary General, Trond Enger. Humanist Confirmation is an offer of a course of philosophy and eth...
Society
The large Swedish producer of chicken and other poultry, Kronfågel, who supplies to stores frequented by Norwegians along the border, has found Listeria bacteria in several of their products. According to Kronfågel, discoveries of Listeria were found in two products from the Valla factory on August 30thieth. The goods produced there on that day are distributed to all the major food chains throughout Sweden, including the so-called border stores. For safety...
Society
Crown Princess Mette-Marit started an interview between authors Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold and Geir Gulliksen, Tuesday in Queen Sonja’s Art Gallery behind the Palace. After the introduction to an almost crowded room, the two authors presented their latest books and spoke more generally about their careers - writes norwaytoday.info The 38-year-old Skomsvold’s last novel “Barnet” is described in VG as a beautiful little novel about topics such as snus, of...
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From a night spent amid nature to an indulgent waterfront stay in the capital, Norway offers romantic getaways to suit all moods. And Local contributor David NIkel has found six of the best. Whether your idea of romance is to enjoy stunning landscapes, take advantage of world-class facilities, hunt the northern lights, indulge in a sumptuous Norwegian breakfast buffet or simply get pampered, there’s a hotel for you here. At one with nature In complete cont...
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Norway’s government pension fund has been advised to hold on to its near 320bn NOK ($40bn) stakes in oil and gas companies, angering politicians who support the international divestment campaign. An expert group on Friday handed in a report to Finance Minister Siv Jensen which concluded that there was no compelling economic argument to sell out of oil and gas shares. “Selling the energy shares in the Government Pension Fund Global is not an effective insur...
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Ryanair will have changed the rules by January, so only passengers who have purchased so-called “Priority Boarding” may bring their hand luggage on board the cabin. However, formerly if you did not pay, you could get the hand luggage in the cargo for free - writes norwaytoday.info Now, the company will remove this free option and will charge a fee of between eight and ten euros, i.e. between 78 and 97 kroner, from the 1st of November to bring it into the c...
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Three days after the 28-years-old was rejected by the health service, he killed a random man at Nakholmen outside Oslo during a psychosis. Now the court can give him a place in a hospital. Totally randomly, Thoralf Eriksen (59) was brutally struck down and mistreated to such an extent that he died from the injuries in a ferry shed on the island of Nakholmen outside Oslo last year. The 28-years-old was observed when he was scavenging in several boats, and h...
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Norway’s government on Friday submitted a bill to parliament allowing Norwegians to have dual citizenship, bringing the country into line with most other countries in Europe. “As we allow double citizenship, we are ensuring that Norwegian law follows developments in a more globalised world, with more and more connections to more countries," said Jan Tore Sanner, Minister of Knowledge and Integration - writes thelocal.no If voted through, the bill will allo...
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Shocking reports from Xinjiang before the Parliament visit Activists in Norway despair after shocking reports that one million Uighurs are kept in secret camps inXinjiang. They ask Norwegian politicians to bring the matter up with China. The UN Racial Discrimination Committee (CERD) recently stated in a hearing that it has received «numerous and credible» reports that one million Uighurs and other Muslims and minority groups are held in detention camps in...
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Six left-wing extremists are arrested in Arendal, suspected of riots aimed at the Islam-critical organization SIAN and the fringe Political Party The Alliance (Alliansen) under Arendalsuka, reports the online newscaster Filter News. The police informedabout the arrests at 7 pm on Thursday. The latest information from the police states that it concerns six persons. – The persons who are arrested are part of a group of people that has been urged by social me...
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The police have deported 2,898 people during the first seven months of the year. In July 391 people were deported from Norway. The number of so-called forced deportations in the first seven months of the year was 13 percent lower than at the same time last year, when 3,322 people were sent away, reports the Police Immigration Unit (PU) Wednesday - writes norwaytoday.info Of the 2,898 deportees, a third (1,034 corresponds to 36 percent) were for criminal re...
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There were 4.2 million overnight stays at commercial actors in Norway in June. This is a record for the sixth month of the year and 4.3 percent increase than last year. For the hotels, the increase was 3.6 percent compared to June of 2017. A rise in the average price per room of 1.3 percent contributed to the hotel’s revenue from accommodation increasing by 5.8 percent, according to information from Statistics Norway. Vacation and leisure travelers account...
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The Norwegian film star and director Liv Ullmann has come out against the #metoo movement, complaining that the campaign ignores the widespread rape of women in African countries. The actress, who is famed for her work with the director Ingmar Bergman, told an audience at the Arendalsuka political festival that she had chosen not to go public with her own experiences of sexual harassment. "If I had brought my metoo, that's what we would have seen in the ne...
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Because the doctor “was travelling”, a child received a double dose of chemotherapy at Oslo University Hospital the Norwegian Health Authority concluded. The drug, Lomustine, should only be administered at a dose every six weeks, but the mobility at the Oslo University Hospital (OUS) department led to a double dose being given a child. “The doctor who prescribed the medication was busy and was called for other urgent tasks,” he said in the report from the...
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University of Oslo (UiO) was ranked last year, as the 62nd university in the world, at this year’s Shanghai rankings is revealed. The renowned university ranking Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Ranking) is a list of the world’s best research universities and is created by Shanghai Jiao Tong University. This year, like last year, UiO gets 62th place on the ranking. Of the European universities, UiO climbs three places from last year’s 22th...
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The violent rainfall on Friday meant that three places in central Norway had their wettest August day in 78 years. The measuring station at Sverresborg in Trondheim, registered 72.8 millimeters of rain between Friday and Saturday morning, writes Adresseavisen. Last time it measured so much rain in August, was in 1940. Also in Voll, Trøndelag and Innerdalen, Møre og Romsdal, the wetest day of August measured 49.3 and 70.7 millimeters, respectively, within a...
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Nearly one in ten young adults between the ages of 19 and 29 state that they partially provide themselves with short-term credit or consumer loans. Debt Management warns. In a survey that YouGov conducted for Nordea after nearly a thousand people the trend was displayed. A total of 8 percent of those asked between 19 and 29 years old report that they “provide” themselves with short-term debt. The bank’s own consumer economist, Elin Reitan, says to E24 that...
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A moment of scenic picture-taking turned tragic for a Chinese tourist in Kenya when the man was attacked and killed by a hippopotamus in Kenya’s Rift Valley Naivasha Safari Park. Kenya’s wildlife service reports that Sunday, August 12, a group of Chinese tourists were standing upon the outskirts of Kenya’s Lake Naivasha taking wildlife pictures when they were suddenly attacked from the lake by a hippo. The attack left one man dead and another seriously inj...