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Society
Euronext operates stock exchanges in Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin and Lisbon. In a statement, the operator said it had approached the board of directors of the Oslo Stock Exchange (Oslo Bors VPS) to seek its support for a tender offer of 625 million euros for all outstanding shares in the bourse. "Euronext strongly believes that Oslo Bors VPS' unique strategic and competitive positioning, including a global leading position in seafood derivatives and...
Society
The Abortion Act is one of the most controversial issues during the Government negotiations that started on Hadeland yesterday. NTB has talked to several who were on the «red» side in the struggle for the Christian Democrats’ choice of direction. That ended up with a «blue» victory as most are aware. Not least because of Deputy Leader Kjell Ingolf Ropstad singled out that it presented a «historic opportunity» to make changes to the Abortion Act’s section 2...
Society
A Morocco prosecutor on Sunday presented to an anti-terror judge 15 people suspected of links to the murder of two Scandinavian women in the Atlas Mountains, Rabat's attorney general said. The prosecution asked that the suspects be investigated for "setting up a gang to prepare and commit terrorist acts", "premeditated attacks on life" and "advocating for terrorism", the attorney general said. Seven other detainees will be referred to the prosecution in th...
Society
Lower Norwegian King Crab quotas in 2019 The total Norwegian quota for male King Crabs has been set at 1400 tonnes for 2019. This is a decrease of 350 tonnes from 2018. The Ministry of Fisheries simultaneously warns of tighter control of the industry.   – In recent years we have had a very high degree of harvesting of King Crab. Now the researchers say that if this continues, it will lead to a collapse of the stock. That will not happen. We will continue t...
Society
Dreary news from around the world As Christmas peace descends on those fortunate to live in a peaceful corner of Tellus, it is business as usual, out in the ”real” world. Death toll rises after an attack on Government buildings in Kabul 43 people have been killed following an attack on Government offices in Kabul, Afghanistan on Christmas Eve, the authorities state. At least ten people are injured. Most people killed are employees of the Ministry of Labour...
Society
Heavy winds, avalanche and landslide hazards and slippery roads create problems in several places in Norway on Christmas day. – Drive extremely cautiously, the police urges.   Slippery roads, closed Mountain crossings and bad weather In Voss, one of several areas where, according to the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE), there is a considerable landslide hazard on Christmas Day, a two-cubic meter block of ice fell on the E16 at Evanger...
Society
Since 1999, the average American has become heavier and shorter according to a state health study. By 2015, the average height Americans around the country were 175.4 centimetres, two millimetres shorter than at the start of the study in 1999. American women were also two millimetres shorter. The study also shows that American men and women have become around three kilograms heavier on average since 1999. The average American woman now weighs 77 kilograms,...
Society
PFU believes that iTromsø, Dagsavisen and Harstad Tidende have violated good press coverage in their writing surrounding sexual harassment allegations against former Progress Party Youth (FpU) Deputy Leader, Kristian Eilertsen. The cases ended with that Eilertsen received a warning from the Progress Party’s organisation committee, without being deprived of office nor imposed with other sanctions. Eilertsen reacted to the coverage of the matter in iTromsø,...
Society
The European Union on Tuesday published further contingency plans for a "no-deal" Brexit, piling pressure Prime Minister Theresa May by warning that Britons will lose a host of travel rights from recognition of driving licences to lower credit card fees and no mobile roaming charges. The European Commission, the bloc's executive arm, said that, while it is working hard for a deal, it must prepare for "all outcomes" and "contingency measures in narrowly def...
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
Oslo finds itself in the bottom ten, at number 49 out of the 56 cities ranked. Elsewhere, Belfast tops the list of best urban cities for digital nomads. Recent analysis by online home rental company  Spotahome has standardised the latest city and country-level data available* for categories such as internet speed, the number of co-working spaces, apartment rental prices and migrant acceptance to determine which urban cities are best-suited for digital noma...
Society
Thousands of Norwegians are organized and preparing for a possible doomsday scenario. NRK publishes a documentary about doomsday preppers in Norway. Michel van Coevorden is one of thousands of members on survivalist Facebook group. He is 52 years old and from the Netherlands. He has lived in Norway for almost 20 years, and has been preparing for the worst possible scenarios. His motivation is that the world has become more dangerous place and the governmen...
Society
Two Lithuanian citizens have been sentenced in Stavanger District Court to two years, and one year and two months in prison, for so-called ‘black work’ (moonlighting) for which they didn’t pay tax.   The two men, aged 30 and 31, have had positions as general manager and owner of several construction companies in the district. The youngest of them acknowledged a penalty for everything and received the shortest sentence. The other admitted partial guilt said...
Incidents
Ferde repays several million after toll scandal A technical error in the North Jæren toll system has led to many motorists being billed too much in the peak hours. Tens of millions will be repaid to the victims, and the peak hour fee is put on hold.   Motorists on North Jæren are furious about the toll station wall surrounding all urban hubs. Now it turns out that they have been overbilled for the peak hour fee. According to the Steering Group for the ”Urb...
Society
Nearly 8000 foreigners took the Norwegian test Nearly 8000 immigrants can have a well-deserved break after completing the last Norwegian examinations of the year. The test is becoming increasingly important.   – Norwegian language skills open the door to integration, education and jobs, says Director in Competence Norway, Gina Lund. The Norwegian test has gained an increasing role, and is, among other things, entry conditions for both residence permits and...
Society
Judgement day for Janne Jemtland’s husband The prosecutor wants the husband of Janne Jemtland behind bars for 18 years for the murder of his spouse. He, however, demands an acquittal. The sentencing is due on Monday morning.   At 10 am on Monday, District Court Judge, Trond Christoffersen, calls for order in court for the last time in the Janne Jemtland case. The Hedmark District Court will then provide an answer to the question that everyone asked before...
Society
The man charged with sending a bomb to the police in Ski has been in conflict with them for a long time. He denies having anything to do with the bomb.   When he was detained for four weeks on Saturday, the man appealed the decision on the spot. His lawyer, John Christian Elden, told VG newspaper that his client does not acknowledge having sent the package containing the bomb. “The basis for imprisonment is primarily the risk that there may have been other...
Society
In Norway, there are far more believers than in Denmark, Sweden, and Finland, according to a new survey.   According to the study by the independent American think-tank Pew Research Center, 17 per cent of Norway’s citizens are strong believers. The same is true for 8 per cent of Danes, 10 per cent of Swedes and 13 per cent of Finns. In the survey, the degree of religiosity is measured in all the European countries. Romania is at the top with 55 per cent st...
Society
PST investigate threats against Minister of Justice, Wara The Special Branch (PST) investigates serious threats to Justice Minister Tor Mikkel Wara (Progress Party). His house and car have been tagged, and his car may have been attempted to be ignited.   – We have started investigating threats against Government officials this afternoon. We are in an initial phase of the investigation. There are aspects of the matter that make us look very seriously at it,...
Society
Norwegian Fisheries Directorate wants a ban on cod fishing in entire Oslofjord The Norwegian Fisheries Directorate proposed a ban on fishing for cod from Telemark to the Swedish border, which means that the entire Oslofjord will be subject to the ban.   The proposal is a follow-up after the Directorate issued a consultation proposal earlier this year. The reason for the proposal given was that measures must be taken because the state of the coastal and fjo...
Society
The Police House at Ski is evacuated because of a suspicious parcel in the public area.   The bomb squad is on the spot to investigate the object. It is uncertain whether the package has arrived via the mail or has been delivered at the reception. There is no danger to the area outside the police house, writes Dagbladet. The customer reception at the police house in Ski in Akershus is temporarily evacuated, writes the Eastern Police District on Twitter. –...
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
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
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
A 53 year old man was sentenced to two and a half years in prison,and must return 21 kg of gold after smuggling nearly 400 kilos of gold to Norway. Two carpenters,a painter,a car mechanic,a barrister,and a pensioner have Been involved in large-scale smuggling of gold bars to Norway according to a recent verdict from Oslo court wrote Dagens Næringsliv newspaper (DN)- writes norwaytoday.info The 53 year old Norwegian carpenter lives in Sweden according to th...
Society
Norwegian chess champion Magnus Carlson narrowly missed a win in the first game of the World Chess Championships in London on Friday, after he missed several chances to secure a win. The 2018 World Chess Championship kicked off in London on Friday between three-time defending champion Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana, the first American to compete since the legendary Bobby Fischer in 1972. Hollywood actor Woody Harrelson -- star of "Cheers" and "Hunger G...
Society
Woman fends off compensation after a large fire in Namsos A 21-years-old woman does not have to pay up to NOK 11 million in compensation after a fire in Namsos. The woman was acquitted by the District Court.   In May last year, she wanted to help the family tidy the garden outside their apartment in the residential area Fossbrenna in Namsos, reports the public broadcaster NRK. – My sister and I agreed to gather some grass and twigs and burn this in the gar...
Society
Three-time chess champion Magnus Carlsen on Wednesday successfully defended his world title after demolishing US hopeful Fabiano Caruana in a winner-takes-all finale. The 27-year-old Norwegian won three successive rapid-chess tiebreakers in a display of intuition and guile that overwhelmed the 26-year-old American in London - writes thelocal.no The fearless performance will go a long way to cementing his claim to be history's greatest player -- a title som...
Crime
Norwegian authorities have charged a man in his twenties, reportedly a football referee, with sexual offences involving some 300 teenage boys -- the biggest such case in the country's history, prosecutors said on Tuesday. "The case is a serious one, and it is the biggest case of sexual abuse in Norway to date," state prosecutor Guro Hansson Bull said in a statement.  The charges include rape, according to Norwegian media reports. The man allegedly targeted...
Society
Statistics Norway (SSB) expects the weak development in housing prices to continue this year, and throughout 2018 before flattening out. According to agency forecasts for the next few years, by 2020, Statistics Norway expects house prices to remain at about the same level as they were at in 2016. The low interest rate, and expected fall in housing investment are contributing to the decline in house prices,’ said the agency, who today presented their view o...
Society
There has been a warning about difficult driving conditions East of the Mountains (Østafjells) and in the mountains of Southern Norway. – Use tyres suited to the conditions, warn the meteorologists.   The challenging situation is expected to start Wednesday night and it will last until Friday morning. The problem for the Eastern areas is that snow eventually changes to rain with a temperature around zero degrees Celcius. Then it’s easy to lose traction. In...
Society
A man in his 40’s was arrested after the police discovered a marijuana plantation in an apartment in Trondheim on Friday night.   A neighbour in the block reported a special smell the police told VG newspaper. “There was a plantation in the apartment, and it is clear that it was being used for production. There are some marijuana plants,” said operations manager, Bjørnar Gaasvik of Trøndelag police district. He did not want to say how much was seized but s...
Society
Since Friday afternoon, around 50 cubic metres of fuel has been pumped out of the wrecked frigate, KNM Helge Ingstad. Drainage continues as planned.   The vessel has been quiet throughout the night, and measurements of movements are analysed continuously the Navy said. The emptying of fuel tanks started at around 14.00 on Friday and has been going on throughout the night. It is estimated that there are now around 385 cubic metres of marine diesel left insi...
Society
Almost half of respondents are “largely positive” to banning cars in the capital’s city center. Only one in three of respondents were negative. But while only one-third of Oslo’s population as a whole were negative, almost half of the tradespeople were,according to Aftenposten newspaper. The study was conducted by Sweco and Norstat for Oslo municipality. The investigation was undertaken after concrete measures were introduced,such as the removal of parking...
Society
Two doctors write in a chronicle that every year,thousands of children in Norway perceive that the medicine they need is not available. Instead of receiving antibiotics and other medications in forms and doses that are adapted to children, they receive adult medicine that must be divided wrote Henrik Irgens and Ketil Størdal in Dagsavisen newspaper. Irgens is in the National Competence Network for medicines for children. Størdal is the head of the Norwegia...
Society
This week,shopping-minded Norwegians will go crazy in the shops.Price experts ask you to check prices carefully before trading,and warn that many productsactually rise in price on Black Friday. “It is easy to get blinded and tempted in a discount jungle that just grows and becomes increasingly insidious. November is quite a wild month, when it’s easy to getout of control if you do not plan your purchases” said price expert, Are Vittersø, general manager of...
Society
Attorney General Frederik G. Ranke , has demanded two and a half years imprisonment for Mohyeldeen Mohammad, who was charged with serious threats against Abid Raja (V). Deputy attorney Sven Olle Nollin tells VG that he will follow by asking that the politician also receive 150,000 kroner in compensation. Mohammad must be detained in prison while the offending threat is being dealt with in Oslo District Court. He denied punishment at the start of the case....
Society
After seven years of residency in Norway, half of the quota refugees are in work, but not all work full time. Most of the men are in work. Statistics from Statistics Norway show that only 8,000 quota refugees have arrived in the last three years and that one third of them come from Syria - writes  The figures also show that the proportion employment is  increasing with the time spent in Norway. After seven years, about half of migrant workers are working,...
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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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“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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...