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Map of Vest-Agder   Vest-Agder ("West Agder") is a county in Norway, bordering Rogaland to the west and Aust-Agder to the east. In 2002 there were 157,851 inhabitants, which is 3.4% of the total population in Norway. Its area is 7,281 km². The county administration is in Kristiansand. It is the southernmost county in Norway, extending inland from the North Sea and its arm, the Skagerrak, to the southern fringes of Setesdalen, surrounded by the mountain range Setesdalsheiene. It includes the southernmost point of the entire country, Pysen island south of Mandal, and the southernmost part of continental Norway, Lindesnes. It has a very broken and hilly surface. Most of the habitation lies along the coast, including the towns Kristiansand, Mandal, Flekkefjord, and Farsund. Some 31 fjords are located there. Shipping, commerce and recreation are the main industries. As the Gulf Stream touches the coast of West Agder, it is also called "the Norwegian Riviera". The northern portion is mountainous and sparsely settled, while the central upland moors are used for pasturing of cattle and sheep.
Help Remove Landmines From the Path of Peace in Colombia
[Norwaynews] [12.05.2016, 08:30pm, Thu. GMT]
Ferney Cifuentes, like so many Colombian children from his area, was helping his father herd cattle in Montecristo in January 2015 when a violent blast lifted the Earth and sent shrapnel flying.

The 14-year-old had stepped on a landmine. His death -- tragically -- was not unique. More than 11,000 Colombians have been wounded or killed by landmines and other unexploded ordnance in the past quarter century.

Landmines are singularly dangerous because they can lay dormant for years, only to kill and maim innocent people without warning. In Colombia last year, 285 people, including 40 children, were killed by landmines, a toll surpassed only by Afghanistan. At current mine clearance rates, decades will pass before the country is mine free.
Plane with two on board missing in western Norway
[Norwaynews] [02.04.2014, 11:25am, Wed. GMT]
An ultralight plane with two people on board was reported missing on Tuesday after it did not land after taking off on Monday afternoon from the Boemoen airport near Voss, a city in western Norway. All indications were that the plane was supposed to land on Monday night at the airport after a flight which started at 16:00 p.m. local time (1500 GMT), an officer at Voss was quoted by the Norwegian news agency NTB as saying.
Test your party preference
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2007, 12:03am, Fri. GMT]
Local election campaigns are in full swing all over Norway, with the various parties vying for voters' favour. Aftenposten has created a means to help you choose the party that might best suit your views.  All legal residents of Norway can vote in local elections (called valg in Norwegian), even without being a Norwegian citizen, but the array of politicial parties involved can be dizzying. Taking Aftenposten's so-called "Valgomat" test can help determine which party would best represent your views on a wide variety of issues in Norway. There are eight major parties hoping to win seats on local township and neighbourhood councils. Voters cast ballots for parties in Norway, not individual candidates, and Aftenposten also has written a rundown that offers brief descriptions of each party.
Three rapes in Bergen
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:39pm, Thu. GMT]
Police in Bergen were investigating three rapes reported over the weekend, and weren't ruling out that they may be connected. Two of the rapes were categorized as purely random attacks on the street late at night. The first victim reported being raped around 3am Saturday on Vestre Torggate, not far from the Johannes Church. The woman said she was walking with two men she'd met at a pub, when they suddenly attacked her. Both spoke Bergen dialect. The second rape occurred about an hour later after a woman left a party on Steinkjellergaten. A man approached and they started talking but then he pulled a knife, forced her into an alley and attacked her.
Norwegian Air plans new southeast hub
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:09pm, Thu. GMT]
Residents of southeastern Norway won't have to travel up to Oslo's main airport at Gardermoen much longer, as plans come together for new commercial airline service from a former military field near Moss.  Charter flights are already due to start taking off from a newly redeveloped airport at Rygge, and discount carrier Norwegian Air is setting up a new base there, with plans to offer 13 flights a day starting early next year. Norwegian Air's charismatic chairman, Bjørn Kjos, landed a Swedish fighter jet himself at Rygge on Thursday. The former military airfield is being transformed into a commercial airport, due to open in October.
Power struggle broke out after Oslo's mayor resigned
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2007, 12:30am, Fri. GMT]
No sooner had Oslo Mayor Per Ditlev-Simonsen said he'd resign than his would-be successors started jockeying for position. The non-socialist parties running city government, however, ultimately settled the matter in favour of Oslo's vice-mayor.  Ditlev-Simonsen resigned under pressure after admitting late last week that he'd failed to report personal funds held in a secret Swiss bank account to Norwegian tax authorities. Such tax evasion, even for a relatively minor amount, is politically fatal in Norway, and even the leadership of Ditlev-Simonsen's own party, the Conservaties, worried it would ruin their chances at the voting booth during local elections on September 10.
Airline strike averted
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2007, 12:01am, Fri. GMT]
An all-night bargaining session resulted in a new labour agreement between pilots for Norwegian airline Widerøe and their bosses.
The airline's 350 pilots had been threatening to walk off the job Friday morning unless their demands were met. They mostly involved pay and work terms, with the pilots noting that Widerøe is one of the units of Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) that's performing well. They felt they deserved a bigger share of the profits. Negotiations went on for six hours after a midnight deadline had passed, with a national mediator called in to help the two sides agree.
Probe blasts ambulance staff
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:18pm, Thu. GMT]
An official investigation into an ambulance team's failure to help an injured Somalian-Norwegian roundly criticizes both the ambulance service and the hospital to which it was attached, Ullevål. Hospital officials say they're accepting the criticism and apologize profusely that Ali Farah wasn't immediately rushed to their emergency room for treatment of a severe head wound. Friends ended up taking him to a local emergency clinic, which in turn sent him to hospital. He underwent brain surgery and remains at Ullevål in serious condition with memory lapses. State health officials investigating his case concluded this week that Ali Farah was treated "with little respect" and "discriminatory behaviour... with racist overtones."
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