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The Nobel Peace Prize 2014 was awarded jointly to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education".   The Nobel Peace Prize 2014 was awarded jointly to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education".
Airlines Implement Further Security Measures
[Norwaynews] [28.03.2015, 08:34am, Sat. GMT]
Lowcost airlines easyJet, Air Transat and Norwegian Air Shuttle have announced a change in the rules for pilots during flights. According to the rule amendments, there should always be two crew members in the cockpit. Whenever one of the pilots needs to leave, the main air hostess will substitute them. The measures enter into force Friday, as announced by AFP information agency.
 
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‘Made in China’ tops EU list of unsafe products
[Norwaynews] [28.03.2015, 08:52am, Sat. GMT]
From toy-shaped cigarette lighters to a short-circuiting plush rabbit that catches fire, a growing number of dangerous products for sale — most coming from China — sparked warnings from a European safety watchdog on Monday. The agency issued 2,435 notifications of unsafe products ranging from children’s toys to clothing and appliances last year — 3 percent more than in 2013, it said.
 
EU could get more gas from Norway
[Norwaynews] [28.03.2015, 08:47am, Sat. GMT]
Norway currently supplies one-fifth of the natural gas consumed in the European Union, but this could increase, announced Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende during a discussion on EU energy security in Brussels on March 21. This is good news for the EU, which is eager to diversify sources and to reduce its dependence on Russia for energy supplies.
 
Norway, Russia and the Chechen leader’s dress
[Norwaynews] [28.03.2015, 08:43am, Sat. GMT]
Much has changed since last November when Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly said he hopes his country’s good relations with Norway will continue. Today Russia is militarising the Arctic region and stationing more troops on Norway’s borders. According to another media, however, there’s another related issue that Norway has got to think about. The question is why Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov (a close ally to Putin) dresses in the Norwegian army’s camouflage pattern.
 
Sri Lanka-Norway plenty of new opportunities for business– BMMP
[Norwaynews] [28.03.2015, 08:39am, Sat. GMT]
The Sri Lanka - Norway business matchmaking programme was started in 1994 to evaluate the opportunities in Sri Lanka. The result of stating the BMMP (Business Match Making Programme) in India resulted in NORAD considering operating a similar programme in Sri Lanka. The overall objective is to establish sustainable investment, collaborations/Joint Ventures between Norwegian and Sri Lankan Companies.
 
Joint Statement on the National Dialogue in Sudan
[Norway] [28.03.2015, 08:31am, Sat. GMT]
The members of the Troika (the United States, the United Kingdom, and Norway) continue to support a process of National Dialogue in Sudan. A comprehensive and inclusive National Dialogue remains the best opportunity to achieve a representative political system, and to confront fundamental issues of governance, political inclusiveness, resource sharing, identity, and social equality. A genuine dialogue also remains the political process through which to negotiate—and ensure—a credible and broadly participatory national election.
 
Norway adjusts its Ebola response
[Norway] [28.03.2015, 08:26am, Sat. GMT]
Norway has provided more than NOK 500 million to the efforts to fight Ebola in West Africa. The infection rate is now greatly reduced. Norway is therefore scaling down its efforts in cooperation with the authorities in the countries concerned and the UN. This means that Norwegian health workers will return to Norway at the end of March.
 
Norway increases funding for UN human rights work
[Norway] [27.03.2015, 09:49pm, Fri. GMT]
Norway is providing NOK 90 million to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. This is an increase of NOK 10 million compared with last year. ‘Strengthening the UN’s human rights work is vital, particularly at a time when these rights are under increasing pressure globally,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
 
Parliament Speaker of Norway Visits Georgia
[Norwaynews] [24.03.2015, 03:49pm, Tue. GMT]
The president of Norway’s parliament, Olemic Thommessen, who is holding meetings with Georgian officials in Tbilisi on March 23-26, said his visit aims at demonstrating support to Georgia’s democratic reforms and its efforts to move closer to Europe.
 
How can Norway best Support Afghanistan?
[Norway] [24.03.2015, 03:44pm, Tue. GMT]
The current situation in Afghanistan is the subject of two opposing narratives: one is a success story about international support and involvement since 2001; the other is a story where much has gone wrong and everything can only get worse. Agreeing on a narrative that is closer to the truth is crucial when deciding what form Norwegian support and involvement should take in the future.
 
Crimea is part of Ukraine
[Norway] [23.03.2015, 11:09am, Mon. GMT]
‘A year ago today, President Putin tried to legitimise the annexation of Crimea and change the Ukrainian and Russian borders with the stroke of a pen. This was the first time since the Second World War that an attempt has been made to move borders in this manner,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
 
Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende condemns the use of chlorine weapons in Syria
[Norway] [23.03.2015, 11:04am, Mon. GMT]
We regularly receive reports that the Assad regime is dropping barrel bombs on towns and villages. These homemade bombs indiscriminately hit schools, mosques and residential areas, causing even more suffering to the Syrian civilian population, who have already endured so much. We have recently seen heart-rending pictures which seem to indicate that chlorine has been used in some of these bombs.
 
New centre inaugurated in Athens for those affected by economic crisis
[Norway] [23.03.2015, 10:59am, Mon. GMT]
Around 37 000 people will receive help from the new Solidarity Centre in Athens for people affected by the economic crisis. The centre was officially inaugurated today, and is financed by Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants.
 
Norway does not recognise 'treaty' between Russian Federation and South Ossetia region of Georgia
[Norway] [23.03.2015, 10:54am, Mon. GMT]
'Russia's signing of agreements on alliance and integration with the breakaway regions of Georgia will not help to promote security and stability in the region. The agreements violate Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity. I therefore denounce today's signing of a 'treaty' between Russia and the Georgian region of South Ossetia,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
 
Latvia-Norway Business Forum
[Norway] [20.03.2015, 10:43am, Fri. GMT]
Minister of EEA and EU Affairs Vidar Helgesen's speech at the opening of the "Latvia-Norway Business Forum" in Oslo 18 March 2015. Your Majesty, Mr President, Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen. It is a great pleasure and honour to welcome you to today’s business forum in Oslo. This state visit demonstrates the close ties between our two countries, and will serve to further strengthen them. This forum provides a good opportunity to find new areas of cooperation.
 
Appeal to halt illicit trafficking of cultural objects from Iraq and Syria
[Norway] [18.03.2015, 06:53pm, Wed. GMT]
‘We have been horrified at the wanton destruction of ancient cultural treasures in Iraq and Syria in recent weeks. The Norwegian Government is therefore launching an appeal to Norwegian collectors and experts in the field to exercise caution and help to prevent the illegal trade in cultural artefacts from the region,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
 
Algeria-Norway: Common willingness to strengthen energy cooperation
[Norwaynews] [17.03.2015, 08:12pm, Tue. GMT]
Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Borge Brende underlined Sunday, in Algiers, the willingness of his country and Algeria to strengthen their economic cooperation particularly in energy. “We have reviewed the best way to strengthen our cooperation in maritime and fishing fields, as well as in energy (oil and gas),” Brende told the press following the audience granted to him by President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
 
Norway gets tough on closet indexing
[Norwaynews] [16.03.2015, 02:13pm, Mon. GMT]
Action taken by the Norwegian financial regulator against DNB Asset Management for managing an active fund closely to its benchmark has been welcomed. Fianstilsynet, the regulator, says a DNB Asset Management fund it analysed over five years performed very closely to its benchmark but is marketed and priced as an actively managed fund, which the regulator says is “censurable and counter to good business practice”.
 
Next Steps in the F-35 Global Enterprise: Cameri’s First F-35A and Norwegian-Australian Collaboration on the Joint Strike Missile
[Norwaynews] [16.03.2015, 10:23am, Mon. GMT]
The F-35 is not simply a replacement airplane; it is a 21st century air combat system embedded within a unique global enterprise. On the one hand, the commonality of the software on the F-35 allows for allies to develop missiles for “their” F-35s and have “their” missiles available for export to other F-35 partners.
 
Norway hospital conducts first ritual circumcision
[Norwaynews] [13.03.2015, 09:35pm, Fri. GMT]
A newborn baby had his foreskin surgically removed at a hospital in Southern Norway on March 9. It was the first such ritual circumcision performed at a hospital since the country’s new circumcision law was passed by the parliament last year. “They [the Muslim parents] were very happy,” Ole Tysland, head of surgery at Sørlandet Hospital in Kristiansand, was quoted as saying by local media. “Most people are glad that we now have the possibility to do this in the hospital.”
 
Swedes in Oslo are tired of negative stereotypes
[Norwaynews] [12.03.2015, 08:13pm, Thu. GMT]
When someone painted “Party Swedes; go home” on a wall in Oslo in 2008, life for young Swedish migrant workers in Norway’s capital city changed a little bit, and not necessarily for the better. An estimated 55 000 Swedes have crossed the border to work in Norway. They come to take advantage of higher wages and lower unemployment, but the transition is not always easy.
 
No reason for Norway to fear Russia, experts say
[Norwaynews] [28.03.2015, 08:49am, Sat. GMT]
There is no real fear that Russia will send troops over the border into Norway, according to Norwegian researchers, military leaders and intelligence officials. The question was raised by Norway’s newspaper Aftenposten, which published an article on March 18 titled “Does Norway have reason to fear Russia?” It was published just several days after reports surfaced that military exercises were being conducted on both sides of the border shared by Norway and Russia in the Arctic north.
 
PST: -15 Norwegian "foreign warriors" killed in Syria
[Norwaynews] [28.03.2015, 08:45am, Sat. GMT]
Around 70 persons who have left Norway to join the IS/ISIL in Syria and other areas, around 15 have been killed,  while another 25 have returned to Norway. However, the real numbers are uncertain, said Chief of the Police Security Service (PST), Benedikte Bjørnland (photo), speaking at the Military Society in Oslo Monday evening.
 
Will Norway divest from Indian firm to protect indigenous in Peru’s Amazon?
[Norwaynews] [28.03.2015, 08:41am, Sat. GMT]
Norway could decide to divest from Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries after a recommendation from the Council on Ethics for Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global. The reason: Reliance poses a possible threat to indigenous people described as “uncontacted” in Peru’s Amazon. According to the Council, there is “no scientific disagreement about the fatal consequences that this would have”.
 
Taliban participates in Oslo peace seminar
[Norwaynews] [28.03.2015, 08:37am, Sat. GMT]
Representatives of Taliban and Afghan authorities have recently in secret participated in a seminar for peace mediation in Oslo, public broadcaster NRK reports. These seminars are arranged by the Norwegian Defence College (Forsvarets Høgskole). Participants come from all parts of the world.
 
Total eclipse over Svalbard islands in Arctic
[Norwaynews] [28.03.2015, 08:29am, Sat. GMT]
Sky-gazers in the Arctic were treated to a perfect view of a total solar eclipse yesterday as the moon completely blocked out the sun in a clear sky, casting a shadow over Norway’s remote archipelago of Svalbard. People shouted, cheered and applauded as Longyearbyen, the main town in Svalbard, plunged into darkness. The skies were clear, offering a full view of the sun’s corona — a faint ring of rays surrounding the moon — that is only visible during a total solar eclipse.
 
70% oppose EU Membership
[Norwaynews] [28.03.2015, 08:24am, Sat. GMT]
Seven out of ten Norwegians are opposed to EU membership. This is shown by a fresh poll made by Sentio for the newspapers Nationene and Klassekampen. However, even with this major opposition to the EU, there is not a majority for leaving the European Economic Area (EEA), Nationen writes.
 
European leadership in a time of crisis
[Norway] [24.03.2015, 03:51pm, Tue. GMT]
'With the current critical situation in Europe, I am really looking forward to hearing his (Edgars Rinkevics) perspectives on the European role and the need for European leadership in addressing these challenges', said Minister Vidar Helgesen in his introduction of the Latvian foreign minister  at Norwegian Institute of International Affairs' seminar 19 March.
 
Norwegian parliament votes on new climate change law
[Norwaynews] [24.03.2015, 03:48pm, Tue. GMT]
Norway’s parliament will tomorrow vote on plans to create the country’s first flagship climate change law by the summer of 2017. The proposal, submitted by Christian Democrats and Green Party, recommends Norway model a law on the UK’s 2008 Climate Change Act.
 
ISIL, al-Shabaab and Boko Haram had all tried to claim asylum in Norway
[Norwaynews] [24.03.2015, 03:42pm, Tue. GMT]
The Norwegian Police Immigration Service said that people with connections to terrorist groups such as ISIL, al-Shabaab and Boko Haram had all tried to claim asylum in Norway, according to local newspaper Dagsavisen.
 
Brexit: a Norwegian view
[Norway] [23.03.2015, 11:07am, Mon. GMT]
'British leadership is needed to help Europe become stronger, more free and more prosperous', writes Minister of EEA and EU Affairs  Vidar Helgesen in this article. Britain's influence in Europe, and even its membership of the European Union, are now the subject of robust argument in the country. There are divergent views on the best ways forward. This contribution is not intended to take part in the British debate, but is a perspective on the larger issues guided by my judgment of what serves Norway best, and what I believe will serve Europe best.
 
Norway's relation with the EU
[Norway] [23.03.2015, 11:02am, Mon. GMT]
State Secretary Ingvild Næss Stub's speech at a meeting with the European Parliament in Oslo on 16 March 2015. Thank you for the invitation. The Norwegian Government gives a high priority to Norway´s relations with Europe and the EU, and it has a strong emphasis on our relation with the European Parliament. I would describe he overall relationship between Norway and the European Union as excellent. Norway is cooperating closely with the EU on almost all policy areas, and its rules and legislation is more integrated with the EU acquis than any other non-member state [the most integrated outsider]
 
Foreign Minister condemns terrorist attack in Tunis
[Norway] [23.03.2015, 10:57am, Mon. GMT]
‘I condemn the terrorist attack in Tunis today in the strongest possible terms. The attack claimed the lives of many innocent people, and our thoughts and sympathy go to all those who have lost their loved ones, and to the Tunisian people,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
 
Global implications of Arctic climate change
[Norway] [20.03.2015, 10:45am, Fri. GMT]
We have to commit to effective action to control climate change. The place where we can make decisive strides to that effect is Paris, at the UN Climate Conference in December, said Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr.  Børge Brende in his statement at the conference in Paris.
 
Norway increases humanitarian support to Syria, provides USD 93 million
[NRK] [20.03.2015, 10:40am, Fri. GMT]
‘The humanitarian crisis in Syria is escalating. The Government is now providing USD 93 million to support efforts in Syria and the neighbouring countries. Children are the hardest hit. USD 18.6 million of these funds will be earmarked for education and child protection efforts,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
 
Somalia President approves credentials of new Norway ambassador
[Norwaynews] [18.03.2015, 06:50pm, Wed. GMT]
Norway has appointed a new ambassador to Somalia, a move to re-establish the diplomatic relations between the two countries. Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud on Wednesday accepted the credentials of the new ambassador Mr. Victor Conrad Rønneberg, during a ceremony held at the Presidential palace in Mogadishu.
 
Swedish film could cause controversy in Norway
[Norwaynews] [17.03.2015, 08:10pm, Tue. GMT]
A new Swedish movie could cause friction with Norway as it describes the neighbouring country as a “retarded cousin who’s won he lottery”. The Ronnie Sandahl-directed movie, Svenskjavel, won the runner-up prize at the Gothenburg Film Festival’s best Nordic film of 2015 award.
 
50 shades of green
[Norwaynews] [16.03.2015, 10:27am, Mon. GMT]
The 17th of March is St. Patrick's Day, the Irish national day. Famous landmarks around the world will be lit up in green as part of the celebration, and for the second time in a row Norway will also participates. Last year it was the Holmenkollen ski tower, this year it is the polar exploration ship Fram which is being greened.
 
Norway Hosts NATO Response Force in September 2015
[Norwaynews] [15.03.2015, 04:40pm, Sun. GMT]
According to a story on the Norwegian Ministry of Defence website published on January 30, 2015, Norway will host the NATO Response Force this Fall. Noble Ledger is a defence exercise conducted by NATO Response Force (NRF) starting mid-September. The exercise will mainly be executed in the southeast part of Norway. The first to react in case of emergency, Noble Ledger prepares troops for their responsibilities as NATO Reponse Force.
 
LIPA chief receives royal honour from Norway
[Norwaynews] [13.03.2015, 08:43pm, Fri. GMT]
LIPA’s Mark Featherstone-Witty has been made an Officer of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit. The founding principal and chief executive of The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts was presented with the honour by the Norwegian Ambassador, Mona Juul, today. Six Norwegian graduates from the institute’s first intake in 1995 returned to celebrate the event, and attended the presentation in LIPA’s Paul McCartney Auditorium alongside around 50 current students from Norway.
 
Overdose deaths high in Norway
[Norwaynews] [12.03.2015, 08:11pm, Thu. GMT]
The second highest number of overdose deaths in Europe was recorded in Norway after Estonia, according to the European Union report on drugs in 2014. Some 260 people die of overdoses every year in Norway. Only Estonia reported more overdose deaths per capita than Norway.
 
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