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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.
Norway to send 60 soldiers to train Syrians fighting ISIS
[Norwaynews] [03.05.2016, 06:47am, Tue. GMT]
Norway announced Monday that it would deploy 60 soldiers to train Syrians fighting ISIS, boosting its involvement in the international coalition against the extremists.

The soldiers belonging to the Norwegian special forces would conduct the training in Jordan, Prime Minister Erna Solberg said at a press conference in Oslo.

"The brutal acts by IS (ISIS) have cost many civilians their lives and led an even greater number to flee (the country)," Solberg said.

ISIS has also "brought terrorism to Europe and young people are radicalized and recruited in order to have foreign fighters," she added.

The Syrian groups that will be trained by the Norwegian soldiers were not identified, but according to Defense Minister Ine Eriksen SoreidIne Eriksen, they were chosen following a "thorough and systematic" selection process.
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Maine company to oversee completion of US embassy in Norway
[Norwaynews] [06.05.2016, 06:37am, Fri. GMT]
A Maine company has been hired to oversee the final stages of construction for a U.S. embassy near Oslo, Norway.

Tilson CEO Joshua Broder tells The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/24zqRDf ) that the Portland company started working on the $228 million project in January.

The company specializes in technologically complex projects. It was chosen by the embassy’s lead contractor and is Tilson’s first embassy project. Broder says it will involve 12 American workers.

The five-building embassy campus will incorporate elements of traditional Norwegian building design. Broder says the building will also be energy-efficient.
Norway to develop peatland-friendly agriculture in Indonesia
[Norwaynews] [03.05.2016, 06:17pm, Tue. GMT]
The Norwegian Ambassador to Indonesia, Stig Traavik, has said his government is ready to help Indonesia to develop peat land-friendly agriculture.

"Well help Indonesia in mastering how to cultivate plants without drying the peat lands, and how to increase the value added of the plants. There are some plants that can grow without drying the peat, such as sago," Traavik said here on Tuesday.

He added that the Norwegian government will also help to market the commodities produced through peat-friendly agricultural practices.

The Ambassador said in principle, Norway is ready to support all efforts to prevent damage that land and forest fires cause.
Child welfare or 'state kidnapping'? Foreign parents face anguish in Norway
[AFP] [03.05.2016, 06:43am, Tue. GMT]
"The children are afraid when there's a knock at the door. They fear they'll be taken away again," says Jaquline tearfully in broken Norwegian, recounting her battles with Norway's child welfare services which have been accused of unduly tearing families apart.

Known as Barnevernet, the agency provides a host of services to parents in need.
But more controversially, it also removes children from their homes, placing them in institutions or foster families due to perceived shortcomings in their care, or if they are subjected to child-rearing methods perceived as violent.

This has led to misunderstandings with ethnic minorities, who often have different cultural codes and are overrepresented in having their children taken away, in a move some have branded "state kidnappings".

In this Scandinavian country of five million people, 1,665 children were removed from their parents' care in 2014, among them 424 with foreign-born mothers, agency figures show.
Family pay tribute to 'devoted' British father killed in Norway helicopter crash
[Norwaynews] [01.05.2016, 06:19pm, Sun. GMT]
The family of a British oil worker killed in a helicopter crash in Norway say they have been left "heartbroken" by his death.

Iain Stuart from Aberdeenshire died along with 10 other passengers and two crew when the aircraft travelling from an oil field crashed off the Norwegian coast on Friday.

A statement released by "heartbroken" relatives of the 41-year-old, who worked for oilfield services company Halliburton, said he was devoted husband and father to two children.

"We as a family are devastated at the loss of Iain in Friday's tragic helicopter crash in Norway," the statement said.

"Iain was a loving husband and devoted father to his two children and as a family we are heartbroken. He was a caring son, brother, uncle and friend to many.
Norway opens market for Sri Lankan fish exports with the lifting of EU ban
[Norwaynews] [30.04.2016, 07:37pm, Sat. GMT]
The Norwegian government has taken actions to give more Investment opportunities to Sri Lanka in their fish market with the lifting of the ban imposed by the European Union on exports of Sri Lankan fish and fishery products, the Finance Ministry said.

Following a meeting with the Finance Minister, Ravi Karunanayake earlier this week, the Norwegian Ambassador to Sri Lanka Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther has said that with the lifting of the ban Sri Lanka has gained opportunity to invest in fish exports industry in Norway.

The meeting with the Norwegian Ambassador was a follow-up on a meeting the Finance Minister held with his Norwegian counterpart Ms. Siv Jensen in Washington, while participating for Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank Group.
Norway steps up support for vulnerable groups in humanitarian crises
[Norwaynews] [29.04.2016, 01:30pm, Fri. GMT]
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Børge Brende, says Norway is earmarking NOK 40 million for efforts to help people with disabilities and to combat sexual violence in humanitarian crises. - Certain groups are more vulnerable than others in situations of war and conflict. Norway will intensify its efforts to prevent violence and injury, and to help those who are affected, the Foreign Minister said. 

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is playing a leading role among international organisations, both in the work to combat sexual violence and in efforts to support people with disabilities. The Government is therefore increasing its support for this work by NOK 10 million, to a total of NOK 40 million.  

'Several die' in Norway helicopter crash near Bergen
[Norwaynews] [29.04.2016, 01:26pm, Fri. GMT]
Several people have been found dead after a helicopter crashed west of the Norwegian city of Bergen with 13 on board, local media report.

There were initial reports of people in the sea, but a rescue official told broadcaster NRK that there were no signs of any survivors.

The helicopter was "totally destroyed". Photos from the scene show thick smoke coming from an area of rocky islets.

It was flying from the Gullfaks oil field to Bergen.

The western city is a centre for the North Sea oil and gas industry.
Norwegian F-16 mistakenly machine-guns control tower with officers inside, military says
[Norwaynews] [24.04.2016, 08:14pm, Sun. GMT]
A Norwegian fighter jet on a training exercise has mistakenly machine-gunned a control tower with three officers inside, who survived unhurt, the military says.

Two F-16s were taking part in a mock attack on the uninhabited island of Tarva off Norway's west coast when one of them opened fire with its M61 Vulcan cannon, which is capable of firing up to 100 rounds a second.

A hail of bullets hit the tower in the incident, which happened on the night of April 12, but the officers inside were not injured.
Norwegian fighter jet helps save dying patient
[Norwaynews] [22.04.2016, 02:19pm, Fri. GMT]
Quick-thinking medical staff in Norway saved a patient’s life by calling in a fighter jet to whisk live-saving medical equipment from another hospital.

The dying patient urgently needed a special lung and heart procedure called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, but the hospital in the town of Bodø in central Norway had neither the equipment nor the skills to carry it out.

However, a hospital in Trondheim, about 280 miles (450km) south, did have a machine available, and staff contacted the air force on 4 April for help in transporting the equipment. The request reportedly came just as two F-16 fighter jets were preparing to take off from an airbase nearby.
Norwegian Tourists Find Macedonian Culture Very Attractive
[Norwaynews] [20.04.2016, 10:28am, Wed. GMT]
Prominent names in the tourism industry in Norway, this weekend visited Macedonia and met with the representatives of 30 companies from the private sector. As the Agency for Promotion and Support of Tourism stated, the tourist offer of Skopje and Ohrid and their historical and cultural heritage were the most impressive for the Norwegian tour operators. They consider that Macedonia has a huge potential at the Norwegian market, mostly with the lakes, the culture, the rural, active, wine and gastro tourism.
Tanzania: Norway Pledges Continued Support
[Norwaynews] [19.04.2016, 01:07pm, Tue. GMT]
The Government of Norwegian will continue to support local content development in the wake of huge natural gas discoveries in the country. Speaking at the weekend during an entrepreneurship award winners' event known as "Heroes of Tomorrow", the Norwegian Ambassador to Tanzania, Hanna-Marie Kaastad said the award programme, which has the support of her government, was intended to improve entrepreneurship among Tanzania's young entrepreneurs so they can participate in the projected related to natural gas undertakings.
Centrica unloads Norwegian assets
[Norwaynews] [18.04.2016, 05:58pm, Mon. GMT]
A Norwegian subsidiary of British energy company Centrica said it unloaded some of its assets in Norwegian waters following a portfolio review. Retroactive to Jan. 1, Centrica E&P Norway transferred its 30 percent working interest in three license areas over to regional counterpart Det norske.
US airline pilots union cries bloody murder over Norwegian Air deal
[Norwaynews] [18.04.2016, 10:34am, Mon. GMT]
The Allied Pilots Association, certified collective bargaining agent for the 15,000 pilots of American Airlines, expressed strong opposition to the Department of Transportation’s decision to grant tentative approval to Norwegian Air International’s application for a foreign air carrier permit.
Norway increases support to Syria's neighbouring countries
[Norwaynews] [15.04.2016, 05:48pm, Fri. GMT]
'Syria's neighbouring countries are shouldering a heavy burden and are facing major challenges. Norway will therefore contribute USD 10 million to a new financing initiative for Lebanon and Jordan,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. The new financing initiative was recently launched by the World Bank, the UN and the Islamic Development Bank. For every dollar donor countries provide to this initiative, the World Bank will contribute three dollars. This is a smart and effective way to use aid.
S. Korea, Norway Agree on Stronger Cooperation for Shipbuilding, Plants
[Norwaynews] [15.04.2016, 08:20am, Fri. GMT]
S. Korean President Park Geun-hye and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg agreed during a summit Friday to further strengthen bilateral cooperation in shipbuilding and offshore plants. The two leaders signed a fresh MOU in Seoul that is expected to expand exports of South Korean ships and offshore plants to Norway.
Norway-inspired animated Disney-movie «Frozen» still a hit in Taiwan
[Norwaynews] [14.04.2016, 03:23pm, Thu. GMT]
Since released in 2013, the Walt Disney´s film Frozen has become popular worldwide. Many children love the songs from the film: «Let it go, let it go!». and «Do you want to make a snowman?» Many boys like the colourful and active Anna, while most girls want to be Elsa who became queen.
Norway to showcase maritime firms at Maritime India Summit 2016
[Norwaynews] [14.04.2016, 02:16pm, Thu. GMT]
Norway will be one of two countries hosting a dedicated country pavilion at the Maritime India Summit 2016 in Mumbai this week. A range of Norwegian maritime companies will present their competence and technology at the pavilion. The Maritime India Summit is a flagship initiative of the Indian Ministry of Shipping, and provides a platform for foreign companies to explore potential business opportunities in the Indian maritime sector.
Norway’s Crown Princess Mette-Marit visits Tanzania to evaluate AIDS response
[Norwaynews] [13.04.2016, 10:21am, Wed. GMT]
Since 2003, Her Royal Highness, Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway has been a strong advocate for empowering women and children in responding to the AIDS epidemic throughout the world. Earlier this week, she visited the United Republic of Tanzania to assess the response of youth to the AIDS response in the country and mother-to-child transmission of AIDS.
Norway's Lutheran church votes in favour of same-sex marriage
[Norwaynews] [12.04.2016, 02:01pm, Tue. GMT]
Norway's Lutheran Church voted on Monday in favour of allowing same-sex marriage, becoming the latest of a small but growing number of churches worldwide to do so. Last year the French Protestant Church allowed gay marriage blessings, while the US Presbyterian Church approved a change in the wording of its constitution to include same-sex marriage.
UN associations for Nordic countries call for extension of MINURSO mandate to human rights
[Norwaynews] [10.04.2016, 06:15pm, Sun. GMT]
The United Nations’ associations for Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) urged the Security Council to extend the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) to monitor human rights in this territory occupied by Morocco.
Norway head UN environment agency
[Norwaynews] [04.05.2016, 11:25am, Wed. GMT]
Norway's former minister for the environment and international development, Erik Solheim, was appointed on Tuesday to head the UN Environment Programme.

Solheim, 61, worked at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) as head of the development assistance committee.
He served as Norway's minister for the environment and international development from 2007 to 2012.

The former minister will replace Achim Steiner who has been executive director of Nairobi-based UNEP for the past ten years.
North Sea helicopter crash: AIBN director general says work has begun to put “together the puzzle”
[Norwaynews] [03.05.2016, 06:45am, Tue. GMT]
The Director General of the Norwegian Air Investigations Branch (AIBN) said work has begun to put “together the puzzle” of what happened on board a fatal North Sea helicopter crash.

William Bertheussen said teams had been working round the clock since the incident three days ago which killed 13 people.

Investigators have said the findings of what caused the crash with 11 passengers and two crew on board could take up to a year to determine.

Wreckage from the helicopter has already been taken to the Haakonsvern naval base for assessment.

Bertheussen said bad snow in the area around the crash site had been hampering work down by teams as they investigate the area collecting evidence.
Video shows Norway crash aftermath
[Norwaynews] [02.05.2016, 05:37pm, Mon. GMT]
An amateur video has emerged apparently showing the immediate aftermath of the deadly helicopter crash that claimed 13 lives off Norway last week.

In the brief video, which was posted on video-sharing site YouTube on 29 April, a man's voice can be heard speaking in Norwegian describing the scene of what appears to be a helicopter's rotor blades spinning through the air without a fuselage attached.

The camera then pans to a black plume of smoke behind a hillside, presumably from the wreckage of the CHC-owned Airbus EC225 Super Puma, which crashed on Friday at Turoy, near the city of Bergen.

All 13 people on board the Statoil-operated aircraft were killed, including 11 offshore oil workers and two pilots.
Wrecked helicopter fuselage raised from the sea in Norway
[Norwaynews] [01.05.2016, 06:00pm, Sun. GMT]
Emergency crews pulled the wrecked fuselage of an Airbus EC-225 helicopter out of the sea Saturday off western Norway after a crash that killed all 13 people on board.

As aviation experts looked for answers about Friday's crash, a somber-looking Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit met with the victims' relatives in the western city of Bergen.

"It was a strong experience to meet the relatives. The youngest is six weeks old, the oldest is more than 80," Solberg said after a meeting that last nearly two hours.

The helicopter was carrying workers from an offshore rig in the North Sea — the Statoil-operated Gullfaks B oil field — before it went down Friday on Turoey, a tiny island outside Bergen, Norway's second-largest city. Eleven Norwegians, one Briton and one Italian were aboard. The rig is 120 kilometers (74 miles) off the Norwegian coast.
North Sea helicopter crash: AAIB deploys team to Norway
[Norwaynews] [29.04.2016, 09:04pm, Fri. GMT]
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said it has deployed a team to Norway after a North Sea helicopter crashed.

The body’s chief inspector Keith Conradi said it had offered to assist its counterpart in Norway following the incident.

A total of 13 people were on board the flight, including 11 passengers and two crew.

Rescuers are said to have found 11 fatalities so far, while the search is continuing for the remaining two survivors.
Norway's Statoil enters the German offshore wind market
[Norwaynews] [29.04.2016, 01:28pm, Fri. GMT]
Norwegian energy provider Statoil has announced that it is entering the German offshore wind market, through a 50% acquisition of the Arkona offshore wind farm. Statoil and E.ON also announce the final investment decision on the 385 megawatt project. The estimated total investment for the project will be in excess of EUR 1.2 billion.

The Arkona wind farm will provide renewable energy for up to 400,000 households in Germany, making it one of the largest ongoing offshore wind developments in Europe.
Telenor Norway scraps roaming fees in EU and EAA
[Norwaynews] [26.04.2016, 11:08pm, Tue. GMT]
Telenor said it will be scrapping roaming charges in the European Union and European Economic Area (EAA) from 27 April. Customers will be able to ring and text as much as they like, and use the mobile internet allowance included in their bundles, just as they would at home in Norway. This applies both to individual and business customers. The company said 90 percent of roaming by its customers takes place within Europe.

Telenor’s new subscriptions for private customers come under the name Frihet (Freedom) and they can switch to these services free of charge. They will also get unlimited storage of mobile content such as images and videos on the cloud service Min Sky. Other advantages of Frihet are unlimited MMS, larger data allowances and faster speeds.
Norway minister mocked for migrant Mediterranean stunt
[Norwaynews] [22.04.2016, 09:03pm, Fri. GMT]
A Norwegian lawmaker caused an outcry after she launched herself into the Mediterranean Sea wearing a life suit, in a bid to highlight the experience of migrants who fall into the sea, Norwegian media reported.

Minister of migration and integration Sylvi Listhaug, who is known for her hardline position on immigration, was on the Greek island of Lesbos to learn more about the rescue work being carried out by crew on the Norwegian ship Peter Henry von Koss when she performed the stunt.

Dressed in a bright orange hooded survival suit, she jumped into the sea and floated for a short time, before being lifted from the water by the crew of the ship in a mock rescue.
Norwegian mass killer's human rights violated in prison, court rules
[Norwaynews] [20.04.2016, 07:59pm, Wed. GMT]
Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has won his human rights case against the Norwegian government. The self-proclaimed Nazi, who killed 77 people on a bomb and gun rampage in 2011, claimed that he was forced to endure "inhuman and degrading" conditions in prison. A district court in Oslo ruled on Wednesday that the 37-year-old's treatment violated Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights. After the judgment, Breivik's lawyer, Oystein Storrvik, called for his solitary confinement to be repealed.
Gas imports from Norway, Russia rise as Dutch production falls
[Norwaynews] [19.04.2016, 01:09pm, Tue. GMT]
National gas extraction in the Netherlands dropped by more than a quarter last year to just over 51 billion cubic meters. The decrease was compensated for by imports, mainly from Norway and Russia, according to figures Statistics Netherlands published on Tuesday. Last year a total of some 36 billion cubic meters of natural gas was imported form other countries, almost 50 percent more than in 2010. Imports from Russia doubled between 2010 and 2015 and imports from Norway increased by over 50 percent. Imports from Denmark dropped by 44 percent and from the United Kingdom dropped by 18 percent.
Norwegian govt presents plan to ensure digital employment
[Norwaynews] [18.04.2016, 05:59pm, Mon. GMT]
Norwegian Transport and Communications Minister Ketil Solvik-Olsen said a joint document has been drawn up concerning the development of electronic communications infrastructure, with the aim of ensuring digital employment in Norway. This e-coms plan is part IV of the White Paper ‘Digital Agenda for Norway – ICT for a simpler daily life and increased productivity’. It is just as important to talk about electronic infrastructure, as it is to discuss railways and highways, he said.
ISIS Branch in Philippines Threaten to Behead Foreign Captive in New VIDEO
[Norwaynews] [18.04.2016, 10:36am, Mon. GMT]
Islamist militants in the Philippines on Friday (April 15) announced a new deadline of April 25 for the execution of three foreign captives and a Filipino, but scaled back their ransom demand in a video posted on social media. The captives - two Canadian men, a Norwegian man and a Filipino woman - were kidnapped from a beach resort on a southern island last September.
Norway shuts down embassy in Zambia
[Norwaynews] [15.04.2016, 05:50pm, Fri. GMT]
Norway has shut down its embassy in Zambia, saying it was pointless to keep funding a country which did not show commitment to improving its own management. According to The Post, Norwegian Ambassador Arve Ofstad cited corruption as one of the reasons why his country was moving out of the southern African country.
Norway to support development of climate-resilient crop seeds and crops
[Norwaynews] [15.04.2016, 05:47pm, Fri. GMT]
'The Crop Wild Relatives project is playing an important part in implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change and promoting achievement of the new sustainable development goals, particularly Goal 2 on food security and nutrition,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende, when he signed an agreement on 14 April pledging Norwegian support to the last phase of the 10-year project.
Norwegian Defense Command Calls for Budget Increase
[Norwaynews] [14.04.2016, 05:45pm, Thu. GMT]
Norway’s national defense system is underfunded, short of manpower and lacks the required standard of effective readiness capability, according to the Norwegian Armed Forces’ (NAF) Annual Report for 2015. The NDF’s overall lack of manpower and resources means the current level of military readiness is insufficient to deal with a future large-scale attack against the country’s territorial sovereignty, the report concluded.
Singapore and Norway reaffirm close ties
[Norwaynews] [14.04.2016, 02:18pm, Thu. GMT]
One year after Norway became independent in 1905, the Scandinavian country set up a consulate here - a sign of Singapore's importance as a harbour for Norwegian vessels. Yesterday, 110 years later, Norway's visiting Prime Minister Erna Solberg paid tribute to the enduring friendship between the two countries, calling Singapore "one of our closest friends in Asia".
Russia, China, Finland, Norway, South Korea to discuss use of Northern Sea Route
[Norwaynews] [13.04.2016, 02:35pm, Wed. GMT]
Diplomats and top executives of large corporations from Russia, China, Finland, Norway, and South Korea gather in Murmansk on Tuesday to discuss the prospects for developing and using the Northern Sea Route, a shipping lane from stretching across the waters of Arctic seas between the Kara Sea and the Bering Strait and providing a maritime haulage route between Europe and Asia along Russia’s Arctic coast. This is the sixth conference in the Arctic Logistics series, officials at its organizing committee said.
NIB funds six hydro plants in Norway
[Norwaynews] [12.04.2016, 02:16pm, Tue. GMT]
The Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) is to loan Norwegian power company Helgeland Kraft AS NOK 470 million (EUR 49.5 million) to fund six hydropower plants in Nordland County. The finance will be used to complete five new hydropower plants in the Tosbotn project in the municipality of Brønnøy, with a proportion used for the Øvre Forsland power plant, which is the last of four hydropower plants built at the river Forslandselva in Leirfjord municipality in Helgeland
Audi A8 L Extended commissioned by King of Norway
[Norwaynews] [12.04.2016, 02:00pm, Tue. GMT]
It turns out the extra-long Audi A8 we saw yesterday was commissioned by Harald V, the King of Norway. Its delivery is part of the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of his inauguration. The car has already been spotted in Norway with the license plate "A-2”. We're told this is a registration reserved for cars from the royal fleet.
Norwegian company collects 8,000 kg of old fishing nets in Malta, avoiding disposal at sea
[Norwaynews] [10.04.2016, 06:14pm, Sun. GMT]
New research shows that each year as much as 20 million tons of plastic end up in seas and over 100,000 animals die from the harmful effect of plastic and trash in oceans. This was the main reason why Norwegian company Nofir AS decided to spread activity around European coastline. In spring 2016 the company started action in Malta focused on collecting and recycling discarded fishing equipment, which is a big problem in this country. The company has already collected more than 8,000 kg of fishing nets on this area.
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