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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".
Norway mulls contribution to anti-ISIS force
[Norwaynews] [15.09.2014, 04:55pm, Mon. GMT]
Norway is considering making a military contribution to the U.S.-led coalition against the ISIS jihadist group, its foreign minister said Monday. "First of all we have identified additional efforts in the humanitarian field," Foreign Minister Boerge Brende told Norwegian daily Verdens Gang. "But we have an ongoing evaluation whether we could go beyond humanitarian help to also participate in building military capacities," he added, signaling an apparent change in position.
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NOREXECO gets license to become the first dedicated forestry and paper exchange
[Norwaynews] [17.09.2014, 06:24am, Wed. GMT]
The Norwegian Ministry of Finance has given NOREXECO ASA a license to operate as a regulated market exchange. NOREXECO plans to open up for trading before the end of 2014 and will become the world’s first and only dedicated exchange for pulp and recycled paper. The license covers financial derivatives within forestry and paper. The first product listed on NOREXECO will be pulp (softwood and hardwood).
Norwegian People’s Aid concerned about South Sudan
[Norwaynews] [16.09.2014, 02:58pm, Tue. GMT]
According to South Sudanese and international media, the government of South Sudan has announced their intention to replace all foreign workers with locals by October 15th. “This is very concerning news, and if correct this could have very serious consequences for the people of South Sudan”, said Liv Tørres, Secretary General of Norwegian People’s Aid. The message came from South Sudanese government officials in a circular this weekend. It remains unclear if the order concerns specific positions listed in the circular or foreign workers in general.
Norway pledges support to Vietnam’s green growth
[Norwaynews] [16.09.2014, 01:00pm, Tue. GMT]
Norway has committed to supporting Vietnam to develop green growth, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and deal with the challenges of climate change. The commitment was declared during talks between the Norwegian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence and the Vietnamese National Assembly’s Defence and Security Committee in Hanoi on September 15. The Vietnamese side wished to continue working together with Norway in bomb and mine clearance, education and training, maritime, energy and the shipbuilding industry.
Norway has no interest in creating communal tension in Sri Lanka
[Norwaynews] [16.09.2014, 11:02am, Tue. GMT]
The Norwegian Ambassador, Grete Løchen stated in her speech at the National Convention on Inter Religious Integration, organised by the National Peace Council. Hon Vasudeva Nanayakkara, the Minister of National Languages and Social Integration, Hon.Members of Parliament,  Esteemed religious leaders, government officials, Diplomats, members of National Peace Council, civil society members, ladies and gentlemen, Religions, beliefs, faiths, secularism, human rights, multiculturalism, pluralism, interreligious and intercultural dialogue,  spirituality, values, ethics, moral conduct,  dignity, respect, coexistence, tolerance,  peace, reconciliation…….....
Azerbaijani Parliament Speaker attends international conference in Norway
[Norwaynews] [15.09.2014, 04:56pm, Mon. GMT]
A delegation led by Speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament Ogtay Asadov attended the European Conference of Presidents of Parliament (ECPP) in Oslo. The conference welcomed 59 Presidents of Parliament from the Council of Europe's Member States, as well as representatives from many neighbouring and observer countries. Opening the conference Olemic Thommessen, the Speaker of the Norwegian Parliament, said the conference was dedicated to the 200th anniversary of Norway's constitution.
Montenegro and Norway to boost legal cooperation
[Norwaynews] [12.09.2014, 10:07am, Fri. GMT]
Successful implementation of joint projects and the results achieved so far when it comes to the strengthening of the rule of law and judiciary reform process are crucial for boosting cooperation between Montenegro and Norway, DPM and Minister of Justice Duško Marković underlined at the meeting with Ambassador of Norway Nils Ragnar Kamsvag. DPM Marković highlighted that Montenegro successfully implemented various projects thanks to the support of Norway, adding that strong efforts of both countries have already given results regarding the judiciary reform process.
Norway backs aspirations of Georgia
[Norwaynews] [12.09.2014, 10:02am, Fri. GMT]
Georgian Parliamentary Speaker David Usupashvili together with the parliamentary delegation met with Norwegian Parliamentary Chairman Omelik Tomesen in Oslo. The parties discussed the Georgian-Russian relations. In this context, the president of the Norwegian parliament noted that Georgia has achieved many positive results in different directions.
Norwegian salmon headed for strong year to US
[Norwaynews] [09.09.2014, 09:19am, Tue. GMT]
2014 could see Norway’s salmon exports to the US reach the highest level seen since 2010 and even the late 1980s, reported the salmon news website iLaks.no. Driven in part by the ban in Russia and trade difficulties with China, Norwegian exporters have turned to alternative markets such as the US. The North American country was by far the biggest market for Norwegian salmon in the 1980s, taking in a third of Norway’s production.
Foreign Powers Buy Influence at Think Tanks
[Norwaynews] [08.09.2014, 07:45pm, Mon. GMT]
The agreement signed last year by the Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs was explicit: For $5 million, Norway’s partner in Washington would push top officials at the White House, at the Treasury Department and in Congress to double spending on a United States foreign aid program. But the recipient of the cash was not one of the many Beltway lobbying firms that work every year on behalf of foreign governments.
Spokeswoman Underlines Iran's Continued Efforts to Resolve Students' Problems in Norway
[Norwaynews] [06.09.2014, 05:26pm, Sat. GMT]
The Iranian Foreign Ministry is seeking to resolve the visa problem of the Iranian students in Norway, a spokeswoman said, adding that the problem of some of them has already been resolved. "As a result of the efforts made by the foreign ministry and the Iranian mission (in Oslo), the problems for the renewal and change of the visa of a number of Iranian students have been solved and the problem of others is expected to be settled by the Norwegian government's constructive measures," Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said on Saturday.
Norwegian missionary doctor awarded 'Love of Lives Medal'
[Norwaynews] [05.09.2014, 09:42am, Fri. GMT]
Norwegian missionary doctor Olav Bjørgaas has been awarded the "Fervent Global Love of Lives Medal" by a Taiwanese non-profit organization in recognition of his contributions to Taiwan. Chou Chin-hua, founder of the Chou Ta-Kuan Cultural and Educational Foundation, and Guo Ying-lan, chairwoman of the foundation, presented the medal to Bjørgaas in the Norwegian city of Stavanger Aug. 22.
Norway court says genocide suspect can be extradited to Rwanda
[Norwaynews] [05.09.2014, 07:16am, Fri. GMT]
A Norwegian court ruled Wednesday that the extradition to Rwanda of a man suspected of participation in the country's 1994 genocide can go ahead. Eugene Nkuranyabahizi, a 41-year-old Hutu with Burundian citizenship, has lived in Norway since 1999, where he was arrested in May last year. "We are heading for an extradition as the Court of Appeal (in the Norwegian city of Bergen) has found that all the conditions are met," Per Zimmer, prosecutor in the case, told AFP.
15,000 Illegal Immigrants Refusing to leave Norway
[Norwaynews] [04.09.2014, 08:02am, Thu. GMT]
Nearly 15,000 illegal immigrants who have been ordered to leave Norway by authorities are continuing to stay, according to a report by medias. The whereabouts of the vast majority are unknown, causing problems for police and immigration services. Legal notification to leave Norway has been served to nearly 15,000 illegal immigrants by the National Police Immigration Service Norway (Politiets Utlendingsenhet or PU), but they have stayed beyond the deadline.
Two Norwegians hold top positions within Islamic State
[Norwaynews] [03.09.2014, 11:50am, Wed. GMT]
Two Norwegians have commanding positions within Islamic State, the group that is trying to create a caliphate in Syria and Iraq, a media report says. The Norway Post identified one of them as Bastian Vasquez from Skien, in southeast Norway. The other is a Norwegian of African descent from Baerum, outside Oslo, the paper reported. The Norway Post quoted NRK, the country's public broadcaster, as saying that the two take orders directly from the head of IS, Abu Bakr-al Baghdadi.
Norway helps 9 Latvian cities to attract potential investors
[Norwaynews] [02.09.2014, 07:58pm, Tue. GMT]
Norway has decided to provide support to nine Latvian cities, offering opportunities to participate in international exhibitions with an aim to attract potential investors, representative of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, Marika Vanka informed LETA. From September 2014 until the end of 2015, nine cities of Latvia – Riga, Daugavpils, Jelgava, Jekabpils, Liepaja, Rezekne, Valmiera, Ventspils, and Jurmala – will have a chance to participate in international exhibitions to popularize their local products and address the potential investors.
Plane carrying 200 people forced to circle over Norway for THREE hours
[Norwaynews] [01.09.2014, 10:54am, Mon. GMT]
A passenger plane with a suspected flat tyre was forced to circle over Norway for nearly three hours before making an emergency landing at the capital's main airport. The plane circled the skies to burn off fuel before attempting the landing at Oslo Airport in Gardermoen. The Novair Airbus A321 was carrying almost 200 passengers and crew when it landed safely on Sunday night. A tyre may have been punctured when the plane was taking off while en route to Chania on the Greek island of Crete.
Climate change issue discussed in Norway
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2014, 11:44am, Sun. GMT]
A joint project working on climate change  adaptation, food security and gender issues in the Hindu Kush Himalayas has shared insights with Norwegian bureaucrats, community leaders, and the public in Norway recently. According to the ICIMOD office that released the press statement from Kathmandu on Monday, the event was hosted by GRID-Arendal, Center for International Climate and Environmental Research-Oslo (CICERO), and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD).
Norway Opens Door for Mass Internet Surveillance
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2014, 11:39am, Sun. GMT]
Norwegian Intelligence Service (PST) wants to obtain permission to monitor all Norwegians’ online activities. Ministry of Justice keeps the door open for the proposal. PST-chief Alana Bjørnland wants to give security permission to monitor all Norwegians’ activity on the internet by using so-called big data technologies. Minister of Justice and Public Security, Anders Anundsen is positive about the PST chief’s desire to strengthen national security.
Norway set to receive first drag-chute equipped F-35
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2014, 11:35am, Sun. GMT]
When Norway’s fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35As comes online in 2015, there will be little to distinguish them from jets belonging to the United States and other programme partners. That will change after 2017, when the Scandinavian nation will be the first to receive a modular kit to equip its jets with drag chutes that help the aircraft land on icy Arctic runways. The chute, which the Netherlands and Canada also are eyeing as a modification to their F-35s, is the first aftermarket modification to the jets through seven low-rate initial production (LRIP) lots.
Norway Has New Association for Locals
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2014, 11:29am, Sun. GMT]
The Norwegian radio industry now has a second trade association for local radio — the Foreningen Norsk Lokalradio, the Association of Norwegian Local Radio. The organization aims to provide information to local radio stations during the transition phase from FM to digital radio, saying it will tackle a range of issues and conditions that must be answered and negotiated for both the digital and FM licensees
Russia, Norway delegates to retrace 1944 Petsamo-Kirkenes Operation route in a Victory
[Norwaynews] [17.09.2014, 05:48am, Wed. GMT]
The first international military-history Victory March - 2014 will begin in Murmansk Region on Wednesday along the route of the 1944 Petsamo-Kirkenes Operation, during which Soviet troops dislodged the German army from Russia's polar region and liberated the border areas of Norway, Nikolai Abramov, chief specialist at the committee for interaction with public and youth organizations of Murmansk Region, told ITAR-TASS. The March will involve about 100 people from Russia and Norway. "These are representatives of youth organizations, the authorities of Murmansk Region, military men, and journalists," Abramov added.
Norway homes ‘most overvalued in the world’, says study
[Norwaynews] [16.09.2014, 02:22pm, Tue. GMT]
Norway, Australia and the UK are the three most overvalued property markets, rising the most since 1970, says the latest review from the Bank of International Settlements, The most overvalued residential property in the world is in Norway, a new study reveals. Australian home prices have risen the next highest since 1970, according to the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) Quarterly Review, with Asian prices rising the highest in the last year.
Iranian FM Warns Norway
[Norwaynews] [16.09.2014, 11:49am, Tue. GMT]
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a meeting with Norwegian Ambassador to Tehran Odyssey Norheim cautioned Oslo of the negative consequences of expelling Iranian university students from Norway. The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) has recently restricted the renewal and issuance of visa and resident permit for Iranian students and skilled workers apparently due to the sanctions against Iran.
Norway's $10 million Donation to Help Sudan's Farmers
[Norwaynews] [16.09.2014, 10:54am, Tue. GMT]
Norway has donated approximately $10 million to help FAO provide conflict-affected farmers, fishers and herders in South Sudan with critical livelihood support. Norway’s gift will allow FAO to distribute emergency livelihood kits – including crop seeds, fishing tools, vegetable seeds and livestock health kits – to an additional 50,000 vulnerable households, enabling them to plant crops, fish waterways and protect livestock from critical diseases.
Norway calls for promoting ties with Vietnam in shipping industry
[Norwaynews] [15.09.2014, 04:53pm, Mon. GMT]
Anniken Huitfeldt, chairwoman of the Norwegian Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense, called here Monday for boosting ties between her country and Vietnam in areas of maritime, energy and shipping industry. Anniken Huitfeldt made the call while meeting with Vietnam's National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan. She said at the meeting that Norway pledges support for Vietnam in carrying out green growth, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and responding to challenges of climate change, state-run news agency VNA reported.
Kenya and Norway to sign petroleum resources agreement
[Norwaynews] [12.09.2014, 10:04am, Fri. GMT]
Kenya and Norway will sign an agreement on petroleum resources to help the east African country manage new oil discoveries, Norway's new ambassador to Kenya was quoted as saying. "We are considering a long-term agreement with Kenya's ministry of energy and petroleum on effective and socially responsible management of petroleum resources," Victor Ronneberg said, according to a note issued by Kenya's Presidential Strategic Communications Unit.
Norway denounces Hungarian police raids on NGOs
[Norwaynews] [09.09.2014, 10:00pm, Tue. GMT]
Norway said Tuesday that Hungarian police raids on the offices of civic groups critical of the government were unacceptable and showed Hungary is distancing itself from European democratic norms. Police have been investigating several civic groups that distribute or receive funds from the Norway Grants, a program providing money to projects in areas such as environmental protection or social development in Hungary and other less-developed EU countries.
Hundreds of Norwegian criminals to be sent to Dutch prisons
[Norwaynews] [09.09.2014, 09:13am, Tue. GMT]
Several hundred Norwegian convicts will serve their prison sentences in the Netherlands because there is no space for them at home, broadcaster RTL news reports. By contrast, many jails in the Netherlands have empty cells and are being closed down. The prisons where the Norwegian prisoners will live will have Norwegian management and be run according to Norwegian rules but the general staff will be Dutch, RTL says.
Norwegian Prime Minister: worsening relations with Russia to cause higher unemployment
[Norwaynews] [06.09.2014, 05:28pm, Sat. GMT]
Worsening relations between Russia and the West will lead to higher unemployment in northern Norway, the business Dagens Naeringsliv edition cited Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg on Saturday as saying. The premier arrived at the Arctic site of Tromso for a Conservative Party conference from Newport (Wales) where she participated in the NATO summit. The situation in Ukraine, which was in the focus of the summit, concerns Norwegian people, particularly in northern regions, as tension in relations between Western countries and Russia has a negative effect on Norway’s economic interests, she said.
EU to Ignore Norway’s Call for Measures against Hungary
[Norwaynews] [06.09.2014, 06:43am, Sat. GMT]
Hungary won’t see European Union development funds frozen despite calls from Norway to take punitive steps, a stance prompted by the Hungarian prime minister’s talk of aiming to use authoritarian regimes as models for his country. Norway halted 140 million euro ($193 million) of development funds to the Central European country. Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban said recently he was going to model his nation on autocratic countries like Russia and Singapore.

Norway to Contribute Troops to U.K.-Led NATO Force
[Norwaynews] [05.09.2014, 09:38am, Fri. GMT]
Reacting to the Russian aggression in Ukraine, the U.K. and six other NATO states are planning to form a joint expeditionary force that would bolster the alliance's power, the Financial Times reported Friday. According to the report, the 10,000-strong force will incorporate air, naval and ground units. It is to be ready to respond to crises rapidly and to hold regular, frequent exercises in Europe and elsewhere.
Norwegian group says employees disappear while researching migrant labor rights in Qatar
[Norwaynews] [05.09.2014, 07:13am, Fri. GMT]
Two Britons researching migrant worker issues in Qatar, the Gulf nation that is due to host the 2022 World Cup, have gone missing after one of them reported being harassed by police, according to the Norwegian human rights group that employs them. The Global Network for Rights and Development said Thursday that researcher Krishna Upadhyaya, 52, and photographer Ghimire Gundev, 36, were supposed to leave Qatar via the capital Doha on Sunday. Their whereabouts are not known.
Over a cup of tea with Anna Saether,the last Norwegian missionary to Taiwan
[Norwaynews] [04.09.2014, 07:27am, Thu. GMT]
An era of Norwegian mission history in Taiwan is over. The last Norwegian long term missionary moved back home in June 2014. In September 2014 there are few Norwegian residents left in Taiwan, but the number of Norwegian students are increasing. During the last years Anna Saether, a missionary sent by Norwegian Lutheran Mission (NLM), has been the only Norwegian missionary in Taiwan, knowing she will be the last one.
Obama administration rejects Norwegian Air bid for U.S.-Europe flights
[Norwaynews] [03.09.2014, 06:39am, Wed. GMT]
In a case that has labor and trade policy implications, the Obama administration on Tuesday rejected a request that would have immediately permitted a low-cost air carrier to begin flights between the U.S. and Europe while the government is still reviewing its application for new service. The Transportation Department turned down a request by Norwegian Air International that would have allowed the carrier to offer new service between London’s Gatwick Airport and New York, Orlando, Florida, and other U.S. cities. Officials for the airline said they hoped to charge as little as $150 each way. Such exemptions are usually granted European carriers under a U.S.-European Union aviation agreement.
Norwegian ambassador cycles to office
[Norwaynews] [01.09.2014, 11:57am, Mon. GMT]
Ambassador of Norway for Indonesia Stig Traavik sometimes prefers to choose cycling rather than driving a car to his office in Jakarta in order to stay healthy. "I like cycling very much because it is my favorite activity, and I still ride cycle. Norwegian people love cycling very much," Traavik said here on Monday. Traavik along with Norwegian Counselor Per Kristian Roer had attended the inauguration ceremony of National Initiative: The Protection and Recognition of Indigenous People through REDD+ in Vice Presidents Palace.
Virginia Macari's fiance pleads guilty to €4m fraud in Norway
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2014, 01:55pm, Sun. GMT]
According to the Media, Kaste Dahl is charged with fraud of up to NOK 30m in connection with a holiday cabin property located in southern Norway. Speaking to the MoS, Anne Glede Allum, police prosecutor at the Norwegian National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime in Oslo, revealed that Mr Dahl  has pleaded guilty to giving false information to obtain a bank loan and that a trial date has yet to be set. Socialite Virginia Macari (39) is best known for TV3 show Celebrity Salon and her stint on Dublin Wives in 2012 with Lisa Murphy, Danielle Meagher, Jo Jordan, and Roz Flanagan.
Petroleum Safety Authority Norway to host safety lunch at ONS
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2014, 11:42am, Sun. GMT]
Against a backdrop of cost pressures and spending cuts, Norway’s tradition of collaboration and government regulation will be an important subject at the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway’s safety lunch at this year’s ONS show in Stavanger. Scheduled to take place from 12:30 on Wednesday 27 August, the safety lunch has become a well-established part of the ONS exhibition and conference. It brings together government agencies, key leaders in the industry and the most important union representatives to discuss safety from a national and international perspective.
UN appoints new envoy to Cyprus
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2014, 11:37am, Sun. GMT]
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Espen Barth Eide of Norway as his new Special Adviser on Cyprus. Mr. Eide will assume the position formerly held by Alexander Downer of Australia, who stepped down as his Special Adviser in April 2014. The Secretary-General expresses his gratitude to Lisa Buttenheim of the United States, his Special Representative and Head of Mission, United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), for serving as Acting Special Adviser since Mr. Downer’s departure.
Muslim Extremists Threaten Another 9/11 for Norway
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2014, 11:32am, Sun. GMT]
The Norway news portal VG Nett reported that a Muslim terrorist group, Ansar al-Sunna’, is threatening that if a section of the Norwegian capital is not transformed into a sharia-compliant Muslim nation, an attack rivaling 9/11 will be launched upon Norway. VG Nett stated that the Norwegian Police Security Service is already familiar with many members of this particular group.
Wood Mackenzie: Norway's 10 billion barrels of undeveloped resources represent US$106 billion (NKr 649 billion prize)
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2014, 11:24am, Sun. GMT]
STAVANGER, 26th August 2014 – at ONS 2014 Wood Mackenzie releases its latest upstream estimates revealing that Norway has 10 billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe) of discovered natural resources yet to be developed.  Despite being at different stages of evaluation, facing intense investor scrutiny and considerable technical and commercial challenges, Wood Mackenzie says over 60% of the resources could be commercialised - potentially adding US$106 billion (NKr 649 billion)   to the country's oil and gas industry revenues.
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