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The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2013 to OPCW.   The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize 2013 was awarded to Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons "for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons".
Viet Nam Ambassador Le Thi Tuyet Mai’s visit to Stavanger and Time, Norway
[Norwaynews] [31.10.2014, 12:26pm, Fri. GMT]
On 28 October 2014, the Vietnamese flag flew in the City Hall of Stavanger, southwestern of Norway on the occasion Vietnamese Ambassador Dr. Le Thi Tuyet Mai met with Stavanger Mayor Christine Sagen Helgo during her working visit to Stavanger and Time from 26-28 October 2014. The Ambassador met with Mayor Helgo to explore the areas where Viet Nam and Stavanger can further promote cooperation, brief her about the efforts of the Vietnamese Embassy in promotion of Viet Nam in Norway, to further business links between Viet Nam and Norwegian companies in Stavanger, to explore the possibility to participate in cultural festivals or events promoting Vietnamese culture and tourism in Stavanger, cooperation at local level, exchange of students, researchers.
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03 Norwegians to 19 Countries in 24 Hours
[Norwaynews] [01.11.2014, 10:08am, Sat. GMT]
Last month, three friends from Norway set a new world record for visiting the most number of countries in a day. They made it to 19 different countries across Europe in only 24 hours, beating the 2012 world record of 17 countries. Throughout the journey, they had to follow only three simple rules: physically stand in each country, complete visits within any consecutive 24-hour period, and provide media evidence.
Norwagian military support to fight against ISIL
[Norwaynews] [31.10.2014, 06:54am, Fri. GMT]
Norway is ready to provide military contribution to the international coalition against ISI (IS). The Government has decided that Norway will offer military personnel to assist in training Iraqi forces. The proposed contribution is around 120 military personnel for one year, with the possibility of an extension. ‘Iraq has asked the international community for help in fighting ISIL. The UN has directed several appeals for such contributions. It takes a broad alliance in the fight against ISIL. Both Arab and Western countries have responded positively to Iraq's request.
Norway gets new solar-powered pedestrian signals
[Norwaynews] [30.10.2014, 02:30pm, Thu. GMT]
The downtown area will soon have solar-powered pedestrian crosswalk lights in two areas. Town Manager David Holt said the units are being installed at the intersection of Lynn and Main streets and Paris and Main streets by the Rowe Elementary School. The Department of Transportation provided Norway with the solar-powered pedestrian crossing safety devices for free. “Fire Chief Dennis Yates is assembling ours and is in hope of having at least one functional by Halloween,” Holt said.
Hundreds evacuated over floods in Norway
[Norwaynews] [29.10.2014, 01:24pm, Wed. GMT]
Several hundreds of people have been evacuated as a result of the floods in Norway, which damaged at least ten residential buildings and four bridges, Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten reported. According to the information of the local police, some 143 people have been evacuated in Flaam, while many others left the worst affected regions at their own will. 250 people, on the other hand, were evacuated in Aurland. Local media reported that over the past twenty-four hours Norway has faced record hide rainfall, unprecedented for the last 200 years.
Taipei Cycle Show attracts Norwegian dealers
[Norwaynews] [28.10.2014, 07:03pm, Tue. GMT]
According to Dagsavisen about 370,000 bicycles were sold in Norway in 2012, about 10,000 more than the year before. It might be thanks to the construction of many new bike paths.  Among the bikes sold there were many children's bikes and bikes primarily used for training in the forest. (http://www.dagsavisen.no/samfunn/fra-gasspedal-til-sykkelpedal/)
Telenor and Nobel Peace Center sign new five-year collaboration
[Norwaynews] [28.10.2014, 03:29pm, Tue. GMT]
Telenor and the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo have signed a five year contract worth NOK 15 million. Telenor continues its long and dedicated support as main sponsor of the Nobel Peace Center. “Involved and active sponsors are the best a cultural institution can have. We very much appreciate the inspiring collaboration with Telenor, and the many projects we have made together. Telenor have been a faithful partner since the beginning ten years ago, and we are happy to continue working closely together for another five years,” says Bente Erichsen, Executive Director of the Nobel Peace Center.
Iran-G5+1 nuclear agreement likely
[Norwaynews] [28.10.2014, 03:25pm, Tue. GMT]
President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that if the western governments show political will to reach agreement, Iran and G5+1 can do the job before the November 24 deadline. He made the remarks in a meeting with the new Norwegian Ambassador to Tehran Odyssey Norheim when she presented her credentials to the President. Iran has taken strides to achieve agreement with G5+1, the President said.
Russian spy plane encroaches on NATO-patrolled airspace
[Norwaynews] [23.10.2014, 04:06pm, Thu. GMT]
A Russian spy plane briefly entered NATO airspace Tuesday, the first reported incident of a Russian military aircraft encroaching on territory patrolled by the alliance since the Ukraine crisis began. The spy plane entered Estonian airspace near the island of Saaremaa “for a period of less than one minute” and flew less than half a mile into the country’s territory after Danish and Portuguese fighter jets steered it away from Denmark, NATO spokesman Lt. Col. Jay Janzen said.
Norway to invest in insect use for aquafeed
[Norwaynews] [23.10.2014, 04:01pm, Thu. GMT]
The Research Council of Norway has allocated NOK 13 million (€1.55 million) to the AquaFly project. The project will spend the next four years investigating the potential of using insects as safe and healthy ingredients of future fish feeds, as stated on the website of NIFES. AquaFly will be looking at the use of insect meal as an ingredient of salmon feed, also in an environmental, social and economic perspective. As project leader, NIFES will be responsible for research on fish nutrition and feed safety, while our partners will be looking closely at other aspects giving the project a very broad perspective.
Norway to Delay Oil Projects on High Costs - Minister
[Norwaynews] [22.10.2014, 05:09am, Wed. GMT]
Several oil and gas projects to be developed in Norway in the next two years could be delayed on high costs and technological difficulties, Oil Minister Tord Lien said. Adding that some other projects will go on as planned, Lien explained that the private sector, not the government, has to find ways to limit the negative consequences of high costs. Another reason for delays could come from the low oil prices. 
Oslo Freedom Forum Attendee Risked Her Life to Watch Titanic
[Norwaynews] [21.10.2014, 03:56pm, Tue. GMT]
Familiar D.C. faces, such as former Reason editor Michael Moynihan, Tom Palmer from Atlas Foundation, and John Fund and Jay Nordlinger from National Review Online were meandering across Eidsvoll Square in front of the Norwegian Parliament around noon, squinting in the bright, low-hanging winter sun. They are in town for the sixth Oslo Freedom Forum, where human rights activists from across the globe get together to talk about how to defeat dictators.
Norwegian Journalist Writes Book on Indian Women's Plights
[Norwaynews] [19.10.2014, 05:01pm, Sun. GMT]
A Norwegian journalist has authored a book which tells stories of the plight of women who are victims of trafficking and forced into sex trade in India. Prem Nagar: Town of Love by Anne Ch. Ostby is a searing indictment of a practice that turns humans into chattels. Tamanna is sold to the Nats, a community whose women are forced into prostitution for a living. Sucked into the flesh trade, Tamanna eventually manages to make her escape, but has to leave her little daughter Rupa behind.
“Invest in Ethiopia” held in Norway
[Norwaynews] [18.10.2014, 10:34am, Sat. GMT]
An International Business Forum entitled “invest in Ethiopia” organized by the Norwegian African Business Association was held in Oslo, Norway. The International Business Forum aimed to build a new chapter of cooperation between Norwegian and Ethiopia and was attended by high-level government officials from both countries as well as members confederation and representatives of Norwegian companies.
800 million undernourished people Worldwide
[Norwaynews] [16.10.2014, 11:19am, Thu. GMT]
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa and cuts in the food aid provided by the United Nations may increase the number of people affected by hunger dramatically. “We must not end up in a situation where people who have survived Ebola end up dying of hunger instead,” says Jan Egeland, Secretary General of Norwegian Refugee Council. In Liberia, one million people are threatened by potential food shortages and according to the United Nations 85% of the households in Sierra Leona do not have enough food. In Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone the UN now distributes food to one million people.
Norway provides funding for the electricity sector in Mozambique
[Norwaynews] [15.10.2014, 03:05pm, Wed. GMT]
Norway plans to grant US$90 million to support construction of a power transmission line from Tete to Maputo in Mozambique. The Norwegian ambassador to Mozambique, Mette Masst told Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias the funding would be used not only for the Tete-Maputo transmission line but also construction of the Maputo-Malawi transmission line. The Tete-Maputo line, considered to be the backbone of the electricity grid in southern Mozambique, is expected to cost US$2.7 billion and includes two power transmission lines.
Statoil finds more gas offshore Tanzania
[Norwaynews] [15.10.2014, 10:59am, Wed. GMT]
Norway's Statoil has found more gas offshore Tanzania at the Giligiliani-1 well, increasing its total for an eventual investment decision on a liquefaction plant with Britain's BG Group, which operates neighbouring exploration blocks, it said on Tuesday. Statoil announced yesterday that it had found another 1.2 trillion cubic feet of gas in its block, taking its total volume in-place to 21 trillion cubic feet, or about 3.8 billion barrels of oil equivalents.
Norway Extend Military Service to Women
[Norwaynews] [14.10.2014, 05:18pm, Tue. GMT]
Norway today voted to extend military service to women, saying the step was meant to expand the talent pool for its armed forces. "We wish to extend military service to all in order to attract the most motivated and competent (recruits)," Minister of Defence Ine Eriksen Soereide told news channel TV2 after parliament adopted amendments to two laws paving the way for the change. Most European countries have abolished conscription in favour of a professional army, but Norway has instead said it wants to ensure its military is more competent and diverse by making it "gender neutral".
Defence to fish, Norway & India sign 13 agreements
[Norwaynews] [14.10.2014, 11:48am, Tue. GMT]
As many as 13 agreements were signed between Indian and Norwegian entities on the second and concluding day of President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to this Scandinavian nation. The agreements, which range from a statement of intent between the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment and setting up a state-of-the-art fish farming unit outside Delhi, also had IIT, Kanpur, Hyderabad University and several other educational institutions reaching accord with their Norwegian counterparts.
Norwegian Co-produced Vietnamese Movie Wins Award in Venice
[Norwaynews] [13.10.2014, 05:20pm, Mon. GMT]
The Vietnamese movie "Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere", co-produced by the Norwegian SØRFOND, received the prestisious Fedora Award for best movie at the 29. Venice International Film Critic's Week on Friday 5 September. The movie is a cooperation between the Norwegian producer Allan R. Milligan from Filmfarms and the Vietnamese director Mrs Nguyen Hoang Diep. Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere is Mrs Diep's first movie.
(PHOTOS) Indian President Shri Pranab Mukherjee in Norway
[Norwaynews] [13.10.2014, 04:19pm, Mon. GMT]
President Pranab Mukherjee was received by Norwegian King Harlad V at the Royal Palace and given a 21-gun salute there. After the guard of honour, Mukherjee, accompanied by his daughter Sharmishta, was taken by the Norwegian King around the Royal Palace built in in 1849. Later, the President visited "Storting", the Norwegian Parliament. After his visit to Parliament, the President, the first head of state to visit Norway, wrote in the visitor's book that "it was interesting to learn about the functioning of Norway’s unicameral Parliament. The people of India see Norway as an exemplary democracy with which we share many values."
Norwegian Fake university man aims to sort out Yemen
[Norwaynews] [31.10.2014, 06:57am, Fri. GMT]
A controversial NGO headed by a man who once ran a fake university in Norway is playing a central role in efforts to solve Yemen's political crisis. The Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD), together with Yemen's National Center for Human Rights and Democratic Development (NCHRDD), has organised a "restorative justice" conference in Brussels which apparently will be attended by prominent Yemeni figures. A press release issued by GNRD says:
African and Norwegian leaders accelerate infrastructure
[Norwaynews] [30.10.2014, 07:43pm, Thu. GMT]
African and Norwegian with 40 speakers and more than 400 African and Norwegian leaders, including 30 ambassadors from Norway and Africa, discussed how to accelerate African infrastructure through Norwegian-African work, trade and growth at the Norwegian-African Business Summit in Oslo. H.E. John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana, Mr. Børge Brende, Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Dr. Fatih Birol, Chief Economist, International Energy Agency (IEA) were among the distinguished guests who participated in this day-long forum hosted by the Norwegian-African Business Association (NABA).
Rocks from Norway to UK
[Norwaynews] [29.10.2014, 01:25pm, Wed. GMT]
A series of new groynes are being built between Holland-on-Sea and Clacton using some material from the old ones and some imported from Norway. So far 70,000 tons of granite has been brought in from the Scandinavian country. Two new fishtail groynes have already been completed and two more are around 80% finished. Work is carrying on through half term and people interested in the project can call in at the visitor centre at Holland Haven next to Clacton Sailing Club.
Five Hundred Tamils feared dead in Sri Lanka
[Norwaynews] [29.10.2014, 06:22am, Wed. GMT]
Five Hundred of people mostly Tamils are missing after a landslide smashed into a row of line houses in a mountainous area in Haldummulla in Badulla District in Sri lanka early hours of this morning, and rescue missions are underway with the aid of police, army and the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) in Sri Lnka. According to a senior DMC officer at least 120 line houses have been destroyed and several people believed to be trapped under the rubble. “There were more than 150 families living in that village. At least 500 men, women and children – believed to be trapped,” he added.
Norway Plans Whale Meat Shipment to Iceland
[Norwaynews] [28.10.2014, 03:32pm, Tue. GMT]
Documents obtained by the Washington, DC-based Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) reveal that a Norwegian whaling company, Lofothval, has sought permission to ship up to 22,000 pounds (10 metric tons) of whale meat to Iceland. The export request comes barely a month after the United States government raised concerns about Norway’s escalating whaling and trade in whale products during the 65th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC).
President of Ghana begins 4-day official state visit to Norway
[Norwaynews] [28.10.2014, 03:27pm, Tue. GMT]
President of Ghana John Dramani Mahama begins a 4-day Official Visit to the Kingdom of Norway on Tuesday. The visit, which is at the invitation of Prime Minister Erna Solberg will begin with a bilateral meeting and joint press conference by the two leaders. His Majesty the King of Norway, King Harald V will also hold private meetings with President Mahama and host his delegation to a luncheon in the Royal Palace.
Why is the Pentagon stuffing caves in Norway full of tanks?
[Norwaynews] [23.10.2014, 04:09pm, Thu. GMT]
The Pentagon sent tanks, armored vehicles, and containers full of other military gear to caves in Norway. It's all for the U.S. Marine Corps, which wants to update and expand its Scandinavian stockpile. The Corps has stashed weapons and equipment in the Norwegian countryside since the 1980s. With this setup, Marines can fly in and be ready for a fight in no time. In addition, the Pentagon saves money by not having to keep a large force in Norway year-round. Washington already spends billions each year running huge bases across Europe.
Norway Support of Anti-Russia Sanctions to Damage Bilateral Trade: Moscow
[Norwaynews] [23.10.2014, 04:04pm, Thu. GMT]
Norway's move to join the latest round of European Union sanctions against Russia will have a negative impact on bilateral trade and investment, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in an interview with russian media RIA Novosti Thursday. "Norway's decision to join the EU economic sanctions campaign has not made a significant impact on bilateral trade so far. The retaliatory measures that Russia was forced into adopting have halted the import of a range of food products from Norway, including fish and seafood. But following this path will inevitably have a negative impact on bilateral trade and investment volumes," Lukashevich said.
English player found dead in Norway
[Norway] [22.10.2014, 05:37pm, Wed. GMT]
A 23-year-old Englishman playing football in Norway has been found dead in a river following a night out with his team-mates. Thomas Morgan, whose parents are English but who was born and raised in Norway, was discovered on Tuesday in the Hunnselva river in Gjovik, a town 80 miles north of Oslo. An investigation is now under way to determine the cause of his death, although local police say it is not being treated as suspicious.
Iceland gets Machine Guns Gift from Norway
[Norwaynews] [21.10.2014, 06:50pm, Tue. GMT]
The 200 Heckler & Koch MP5 machine guns which will be placed in every police car in Iceland, were a gift from the Norwegian police, Iceland media reports. Assistant to Iceland Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, Jóhannes Þór Skúlason, revealed this on his Facebook page a short time ago. Parliamentarians have voiced their shock at the issue in Alþingi today. They had not been made aware that there were plans for the Icelandic police to carry such weapons and had not been given the opportunity to debate the issue.
An US Warden Visited A Norwegian Prison -- And He Couldn't Believe What He Saw
[Norwaynews] [21.10.2014, 03:42am, Tue. GMT]
Retired superintendent James Conway is a 38-year veteran of the Attica Correctional Facility in New York. But he spent none of that time pitying his inmates. “It was your actions that put yourself here,” he said, referring to the prisoners. “Who cares how they feel?” Well, Conway experienced quite a shock when he visited Halden Prison, one of the newest correctional facilities in Norway. In an excerpt from The Norden, a made-for-TV documentary found by Finansakrobat, deputy head of the prison, Jan Stromnes, takes Conway on a tour of the premises — and he couldn’t believe what he saw.
Norwegian students learn to farm in Vietnam
[Norwaynews] [18.10.2014, 02:20pm, Sat. GMT]
A group of 52 Norwegian students from Norway had a trip to Hoi An City in central Vietnam on Friday to learn to be farmers as part of their extra-curricular activities. The trip to the An My vegetable village in Cam Chau District was organized within the framework of a research and development program run by Norway’s University of Oslo and the University of Da Nang, located in Da Nang City in the central region.
Biometric bank card in Norway
[Norwaynews] [17.10.2014, 06:43pm, Fri. GMT]
If you're excited about the ease of paying for stuff with a wave of your bank card but you're worried about security, and you just can't put your finger on why, fear not: MasterCard has teamed up with Zwipe for a contactless payment card with a fingerprint sensor on it. Started in 2009 by Norwegian entrepreneur Kim Kristian Humborstad, Zwipe is a company seeking to replace your credit or debit card's personal identification number (PIN) and your signature with your fingerprint.
Norwegian companies doing business in Vietnam
[Norwaynews] [16.10.2014, 11:10am, Thu. GMT]
Oslo Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Embassy of Vietnam, organized a Workshop on Doing Business in Vietnam on October 15th, 2014, in Oslo.  The Workshop discussed most important aspects of doing business with and in Vietnam, offering an opportunity for Norwegian companies to explore possibilities to do business in Vietnam by meeting and discussing with not only Norwegian representatives who have expertise and experience in doing business in Vietnam but also Vietnamese representatives including Commerce Counselor from Ministry of Trade and Industry, municipal authorities and businesses from Haiphong city (a seaport city in northern Vietnam), as well as representatives of Benthanh Group based in Hochiminh city.
NABA Summit 2014 to address infrastructure at its 4th Summit in Oslo
[Norwaynews] [15.10.2014, 03:03pm, Wed. GMT]
The Norwegian African Business Association (NABA) will host the Norwegian-African Business Summit, the largest Nordic business conference on Africa, Thursday 30 October 2014 at the RaddisonBLU Scandinavian Hotel in Oslo. The summit will welcome African and Norwegian leaders from across industries to the fourth summit of its kind. The leaders will convene under the theme “Mapping the African Infrastructure Landscape.”
Liberia: Pres. Sirleaf Meets Norwegian Foreign Minister and USAID Boss
[Norwaynews] [15.10.2014, 10:57am, Wed. GMT]
The Governments of Norway and the United States of America have pledged to stand by the Government and people of Liberia by providing more financial and material support in its fight against the Ebola virus disease ravaging the country. According to an Executive Mansion release, the Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende and the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Rajiv Shah said their respective Governments see the Ebola crisis not only as a Liberian problem, but a global crisis.
Norway-India relations
[Norwaynews] [14.10.2014, 01:12pm, Tue. GMT]
India is an important partner to Norway, where increased trade, investments and economic cooperation with mutual benefits are the topmost priority for our two countries. During the last years, the number of enquiries from Norwegian companies that would like to enter the Indian market has gone up significantly. 90 Norwegian companies are established in India. Indian companies are getting large contracts in Norway. Norwegian investments in India are estimated to close to USD 10 bn.
Blatter visits Nobel Peace Center in Norway
[Norwaynews] [14.10.2014, 05:39am, Tue. GMT]
FIFA President Blatter visited the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway to promote and share the successful implementation of the Handshake for Peace during the 2014 FIFA World Cup™. The visit began with a tour of the Nobel Peace Center, including a short presentation and viewing of the exhibition space. Following the tour, FIFA President Blatter joined the Director of the Nobel Peace Center Bente Erichsen and the Norwegian Football Association (Norges Fotballforbund, NFF) President Yngve Hallen for a press conference, where they shared thoughts about the continued success of the Handshake for Peace.
Indian President avoids comment on Indo-Pak relations in Norway
[Norwaynews] [13.10.2014, 04:52pm, Mon. GMT]
Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday refrained from making any comment on the Indo-Pakistan relations and said the President of India does not make any observations on any "political or controversial issues". Asked by reporters whether giving Nobel Peace Prize to Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India would in anyway help resolve the conflict between the two countries, he said, "In Indian Constitution, the President does not make any comments on such issues."
President Pranab Mukherjee to meet Norway's King, other dignitaries
[Norwaynews] [13.10.2014, 09:22am, Mon. GMT]
President Pranab Mukherjee reached Oslo on the first leg of his five-day visit to Norway and Finland during which a number of agreements on trade, education and earth sciences will be signed. He was accompanied by Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Pon Radhakrishnan. During the visit, Mukherjee will be crossing the Arctic Circle and will also visit the village of Santa Claus.
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