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The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2015 is to be awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia   The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2015 is to be awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011.
Russian Oil privatisation - Norwegian Eye on the Arctic
[Norwaynews] [04.02.2016, 07:39pm, Thu. GMT]
On the 5th of February, the government of Russia will review the so called anti-crisis plan for the year 2016.  The main idea of which, it seems, is the expansion of the privatisation of government companies. The previous privatisation program, which was implemented in 2011 until 2013, was expecting in influx of of $28,7 billion into the budget of Russia.  60% of this program was completed.
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Thales helicopter simulator receives Level D qualification in Norway
[Norwaynews] [02.02.2016, 07:48am, Tue. GMT]
The Thales Reality H Full Sight Simulator has received Level D qualification for the Norway Training Center. The simulator is equipped with a Hexaline all-electric motion system in addition to the ThalesView visual system, designed to simulate a variety of flight conditions for pilots in training.
Norway’s Police Directorate announced that the temporary order to bear weapons will not be renewed when it expires on February 3rd.
[Norwaynews] [02.02.2016, 07:46am, Tue. GMT]
Norwegian police forces will no longer carry weapons, as the Police Directorate announced that there are “no grounds to continue the temporary armament.” In November 2014, the Norwegian police decided to arm its police officers due to an increased risk of a terror attack.
UNHCR 'concerned' by Norway's refugee policies
[Norwaynews] [28.01.2016, 08:44pm, Thu. GMT]
The United Nations' refugee agency UNHCR expressed concern Wednesday over Norway's policy on returning refugees to Russia and plans to tighten rules for family reunifications. "We consider that the Norwegian procedure ... is cause for concern," the UNHCR's representative in the Nordic region, Pia Prytz Phiri, told reporters at the close of a three-day visit.
Oystein Baadsvik and Tuba Lovers in Taiwan
[Norwaynews] [25.01.2016, 04:25pm, Mon. GMT]
The Norwegian Oystein Baadsvik (born 1966) had many young fans in Taiwan after his fourth visit last year, invited by his Swedish friend and conductor Christian Lindberg and Taipei Symphony Orchestra (TSO).
Russia shuts arctic border to Norway over 'security reasons'
[Norwaynews] [25.01.2016, 07:46am, Mon. GMT]
Russia on Sunday confirmed it had shut for "security reasons" an Arctic border post with Norway to migrants being controversially returned from the Nordic country. Norway on Saturday said it was temporarily halting its return of migrants -- mainly from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq -- who had entered from Russia following a request from the authorities there.
Norway's biggest bank DNB calls for the end of cash
[Norwaynews] [25.01.2016, 07:43am, Mon. GMT]
Norway's largest bank has called for the country to go totally cashless over fears of illegal activity. DNB has said 60 per cent of Norwegian cash usage is out of government control and is being used in money laundering schemes and black market deals.
Sri Lanka – Nordic Business Council holds discussions with Norwegian envoy
[Norwaynews] [23.01.2016, 08:37pm, Sat. GMT]
Sri Lanka – Nordic Business Council of the Ceylon Chamber paid a courtesy visit to Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther, the Norwegian envoy in Sri Lanka recently. The President and the Committee of the Sri Lanka – NORDIC Business Council were among the delegation who met with the Norwegian ambassador in Colombo.
UN criticized Norway for deporting refugees to Russia in sub-zero temperatures
[Norwaynews] [20.01.2016, 03:17pm, Wed. GMT]
On Tuesday, Norway began sending refugees and migrants who battled temperatures approaching 30 degrees below zero to cross the country's Arctic border. The UN criticized Norway's treatment toward migrants stating this move might send people freezing to death.
Norway offers UK cheapest/best int’l university choice
[Norwaynews] [19.01.2016, 06:12pm, Tue. GMT]
Norway has been named the cheapest country for UK students to study at a top-tier university according to new data from FairFX, travel money and international payment service provider. Australia meanwhile has been named the most expensive.
International drug trafficking ring busted by Lithuanian, Norwegian police
[Norwaynews] [18.01.2016, 11:33am, Mon. GMT]
Lithuanian and Norwegian officers have busted an international drug ring operating in both countries.Twenty-five individuals, 20 Lithuanians and five Norwegians, have been detained. They have been charged with trafficking drugs from Lithuania to Norway, Lithuania's Border Guard Service said.
Norway searches for war criminals among refugees
[Norwaynews] [18.01.2016, 11:30am, Mon. GMT]
Norwegian police are looking at 20 suspected war criminals from Syria, following tips from refugees and local immigration authorities, a police official said. “We are taking a closer look at around 20 individuals, and we are currently assessing whether there is a basis to start an investigation,” Sigurd Moe, the superintendent of the war crimes section of the National Criminal Investigation Service, said in an interview.
Norwegian foreign minister meets Turkish officials to discuss relations
[Norwaynews] [13.01.2016, 11:27am, Wed. GMT]
Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende met with Turkish officials in Ankara on Tuesday to discuss bilateral relations and regional developments.Brende is attending Turkey's eighth annual ambassadors' conference, which is taking place between Jan. 10-16 in Ankara with the attendance of Turkish ambassadors and foreign diplomats.
Norway Security Agency To Liberal Sweden: Muslim Influx Will Bring Problems
[Norwaynews] [13.01.2016, 11:24am, Wed. GMT]
The head of the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) has traveled to Sweden and warned counterparts in the largely liberal, pro mass migration nation that Muslim immigrants are resistant to integration and can cause “problems” for the host nation. “A strong increase in immigration, particularly from Muslim countries, can cause other long-term challenges. When a large number of asylum seekers come to a local community, it can have unfortunate consequences,” PST head Marie Benedicte Bjørnland, said at a security conference in the Swedish ski resort town of Sälen on Monday.
Plane crashed in northern Sweden after issuing a distress call
[Norwaynews] [08.01.2016, 07:41am, Fri. GMT]
A Norwegian F-16 has located wreckage believed to be from a plane that went missing in northern Sweden earlier today. The wreckage is located between the north western part of the Lake Akkajaure and the Norwegian border, according to the Swedish Transport Agency.
Norway pledges support for Sri Lanka to access fish stocks
[Norwaynews] [07.01.2016, 12:12pm, Thu. GMT]
Norway has pledged their technical support to conduct an assessment on marine fish stocks in Sri Lanka, Foreign Minister of Norway Børge Brende said. “We would like to support in the assessment of the fish stocks with our research vessel. I think there is also a huge potential for renewables like solar,” Minister Brende said.
Norway to hold talks with ex-President Chandrika
[Norwaynews] [06.01.2016, 06:39pm, Wed. GMT]
The Norwegian Government is to hold talks with former Srilankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Børge Brende, who will undertake a one-day official visit to Sri Lanka tomorrow, will hold talks with former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, the Foreign Ministry said.
Sino-Norwegian Relations, 5 Years After Liu Xiaobo's Nobel Peace Prize
[Norwaynews] [04.01.2016, 06:58pm, Mon. GMT]
It has been just over five years since the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Peace Prize to the Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. It is also the sixth anniversary of Liu’s incarceration on charges for “inciting subversion of state power.” Norway remains in China’s diplomatic doghouse as a result of Liu’s peace prize.
Norwegian FM to visit Sri Lanka
[Norwaynews] [04.01.2016, 06:55pm, Mon. GMT]
Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende, is scheduled to visit the Srilanka, SL Foreign Ministry Sources confirmed. He is expected to arrive in Sri Lanka immediately following Pakistan Prime Minster Muhammad Nawaz Sharif’s visit which concludes on January 6.
Sri Lanka to improve ties with some countries
[Norwaynews] [02.01.2016, 06:52pm, Sat. GMT]
Sri Lanka is keen to reinvigorate the relations with countries that Sri Lanka had once difficult relations with over a number of issues, the Foreign Ministry said. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway, Musthafa M. Jaffeer, on completion of his tenure as Ambassador to the Kingdom, recently paid a farewell call King Harald.
Norwegian Govt.announces Vision 2030 to develop health, education initiatives
[Norwaynews] [23.12.2015, 12:50pm, Wed. GMT]
The Norwegian Government has announced a competition called Vision 2030 for innovative projects that help further develop initiatives on health and education. As a part of the innovation initiative Vision 2030, the Government will spend up to NOK 150 million over a three-year period on developing new projects for fighting poverty. The deadline for sending in project outlines in this first round is 17 February 2016.
Rolls-Royce wins $2.7bn aircraft engine order from Norwegian
[Norwaynews] [02.02.2016, 07:47am, Tue. GMT]
Rolls-Royce has won a significant boost after budget airline Norwegian agreed a $2.7bn (£1.9bn) deal to buy engines from the beleaguered company. Rolls will provide Trent 1000 engines for 19 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft that Norwegian has ordered.
Norway scraps tax on news to encourage media
[Norwaynews] [28.01.2016, 08:45pm, Thu. GMT]
Norway is slashing tax on all news publications to zero, in line with the country's policy of encouraging a diverse and healthy media sector. Norwegian authorities will introduce a zero VAT rate for electronic news services from March, bringing the country's tax treatment of online news into line with printed newspapers.
Russia Will Not Take Deported Refugees from Norway
[Norwaynews] [28.01.2016, 08:42pm, Thu. GMT]
Russia will reportedly not accept refugees deported from Norway.  The move by the Russian government comes as Norway seeks to tighten requirements for asylum seekers and send some refugees to Russia.  Thousands of asylum-seekers have crossed from Russia into Norway since the refugee crisis began.
Arctic Frontiers conference kicks off in Norway's Tromso
[Norwaynews] [25.01.2016, 07:48am, Mon. GMT]
The week-long Arctic Frontiers conference kicked off on Sunday as about 1,300 delegates from around the world gathered in the northern Norwegian city of Tromso to discuss the balance between industrial and environmental interests in the Arctic.
Norway Has No US Ambassador
[Norwaynews] [25.01.2016, 07:44am, Mon. GMT]
Norway has never gone this long without an American ambassador. The country may now face the scary scenario of Donald Trump assigning an ambassador, writes Agenda Magasin. Agenda Magasin features the ambassador crisis in the US Embassy to Norway. The online magazine reports that the USA has not sent a replacement for the latest American Ambassador to Norway, Barry White, who completed his posting  in 2013.
Romanian parliamentary delegation continues working visit to Norway
[Norwaynews] [23.01.2016, 08:39pm, Sat. GMT]
A Romanian parliamentary delegation discussed with Norwegian MPs the necessity of constant bilateral cooperation to solve cases of Romanian families living in Norway who came to the attention of the local child protection services .
Norway waits gosl's greenligt
[Norwaynews] [23.01.2016, 08:36pm, Sat. GMT]
Sri Lanka and Norway bilateral trade needs to be increased, Norway's Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Thorbjourn Gaustadsaether said on Wednesday (20th). Addressing a forum on bilateral trade between Sri Lanka and Norway held by the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (NCCSL) at the NCCSL, he said that bilateral trade between Sri Lanka and Norway increased by 26% to USD 32 million since 2008.
US authorities delay granting license to Norwegian
[Norwaynews] [19.01.2016, 06:14pm, Tue. GMT]
The US authorities have delayed the license to the Norwegian that planned to operate the first transatlantic flights in May from Cork Airport in Ireland to Boston. The European Commission (EU) is expected to take up the issue with the US Department of Transportation (DoT) over the coming weeks, reported Irish Examiner.
Iran in oil talks with Norwegian, Swiss-German firms on oil reserves
[Norwaynews] [18.01.2016, 11:35am, Mon. GMT]
Head of Reservoir Studies and Field Development Department of the Research Institute of Petroleum Industry (RIPI) said on Sunday that talks were held with Norwegian and Swiss and German companies to smartify oil wells and horizontal drilling in thin, low permeable layers.
Seminar on 'Bilateral Trade between Sri Lanka and Norway'
[Norwaynews] [18.01.2016, 11:32am, Mon. GMT]
The National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (NCCSL) will hold a session on "Bilateral Trade between Sri Lanka and Norway". The seminar will be held on Wednesday 20 January 2016 from 3.00 to 4.30 p.m. at the National Chamber Auditorium on D R Wijewardene Mawatha in Colombo.
Romanians Condemn Norway over Child Welfare Controversy
[Norwaynews] [13.01.2016, 11:29am, Wed. GMT]
Thousands of Romanians have expressed anger at a decision by the Oslo authorities to take five children away from their Romanian-Norwegian parents over allegations of mistreatment. Over 62,000 people in Romania have signed a petition in recent days asking for a fast and fair solution in a sensitive case involving a Romanian-Norwegian family whose five children were taken into care by the Norwegian authorities because of alleged mistreatment.
Norway calls for anti-ISIL coalition to do more
[Norwaynews] [13.01.2016, 11:26am, Wed. GMT]
The coalition fighting terrorism in Syria and Iraq should do more to combat ISIL, Norway's foreign minister said during a visit to Turkey that coincided with a deadly suicide attack on Istanbul's tourist district. Borge Brende said the fight against terror should be stepped up as he made a trip to capital Ankara on Tuesday -- the day a suicide attack in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district killed ten people, mostly German tourists.
Norway and UNDP partner to support recently resettled communities in Sri Lanka
[Norwaynews] [10.01.2016, 09:42am, Sun. GMT]
The Government of Norway and United Nations Development Programme [UNDP] in Sri Lanka recently entered in to a partnership agreement to improve access to justice and livelihood opportunities of the recently resettled communities in the Jaffna District of Sri Lanka. Country Director of the UNDP in Sri Lanka, Joern Soerensen and Ambassador of Norway to Sri Lanka, Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther signed a partnership agreement to extend Government of Norway's support to the recently resettled communities in the Jaffna District.
Domestic mechanism process to begin next week: SriLanka FM
[Norwaynews] [07.01.2016, 02:41pm, Thu. GMT]
The domestic mechanism process on the war will begin next week, SriLankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera says. The observation was made after having official talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Børge Brende today. “You are coming to Sri Lanka at a time when Sri Lanka is trying to come to terms with its past and to forge ahead. The domestic mechanisms through which we are trying to address this past, are in the process of being developed and the consultation process to design these mechanisms, will begin next week,” Samaraweera said.
Norwegian Foreign Minister arrives
[Norwaynews] [07.01.2016, 11:25am, Thu. GMT]
Foreign Minister of Norway, Borge Brende arrived in Sri Lanka this morning. Upon his arrival at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday, the visiting Norwegian Foreign Minister was welcomed by Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera.
SA diplomat in Norway arrested for drunk driving
[Norwaynews] [05.01.2016, 09:13pm, Tue. GMT]
A South African diplomat in Oslo in Norway has been arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and causing a crash which has left one person injured. The International Relations Department has confirmed this and says the matter is being investigated by Norwegian authorities.
Lithuania hopes for cheaper gas deal with Statoil, PM says
[Norwaynews] [04.01.2016, 06:57pm, Mon. GMT]
Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius expects that Norway's gas company Statoil will lower the price Lithuania is paying for liquefied natural gas (LNG). After Litgas, Lithuania's state-owned gas company, concludes negotiations with Statoil, consumers can expect price drops, he said on Monday.
Norway turns back migrants without visas
[Norwaynews] [04.01.2016, 06:54pm, Mon. GMT]
Norway proposed on Tuesday (29 December) to tighten the country's asylum rules, including turning back asylum seekers without visas arriving from the passport-free Schengen zone, especially from Sweden. The draft law, still to be adopted by the parliament, is meant to be "one of Europe's toughest" immigration rules, according to the right leaning government.
Norway: Migrants ‘using fake identity’
[Norwaynews] [23.12.2015, 01:21pm, Wed. GMT]
Norwegian authorities said on Wednesday that up to 27 000 migrants on their database are in the country or have spent time in the country using fake documents. Using computer-generated face recognition technology, the Norwegian ID Centre found 106 identities which had been used by different individuals.
Indian twist to Xmas celebrations at Norway Embassy in Delhi
[Norwaynews] [22.12.2015, 01:29pm, Tue. GMT]
The Embassy of Norway brought together most of the Christmas traditions for one early holiday celebration today, and with an Indian twist. The staff made decorations for the tree, danced around the Christmas tree while singing the classic carols. Santa Claus made a surprise visit with an Indian twist; he arrived on cycle rickshaw and handed out sweets for everyone. Even without snow and cold, everyone experienced the true Christmas spirit. The temperature reminded us more of the Holy Land than Norway in December.
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