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Map of Aust-Agder   Aust-Agder is a county (fylke) in Norway, bordering Telemark, Rogaland and Vest-Agder. In 2002 there were 102,945 inhabitants, which is 2.2% of the total population in Norway. Its area is 9,212 km². The county administration is in Arendal. The county, which is located at the Skagerrak coast, extends from Gjernestangen at Risør to Kvåsefjorden at Lillesand. The inner parts of the area includes Setesdalsheiene and Austheiene. About 77% of the inhabitants live at the coast, where the main built area is. Tourism is important, as Arendal and the other coastal towns are popular attractions. The county includes the islands of Tromøy, Justøya and Sandøya. The interior of the county encompasses the traditional district of Setesdalen, through which the Otra river flows to the coast.
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.
Nordic Foreign Ministers meeting in Stavanger
[Norwaynews] [04.05.2012, 01:25pm, Fri. GMT]
Nordic cooperation is developing rapidly. When the Nordic Foreign Ministers came together in Stavanger on 4 May, they discussed ways of strengthening Nordic cooperation and a number of important international issues. One of the platforms for deepening cooperation on foreign and security policy is the 2009 Stoltenberg Report, which outlines specific proposals for closer cooperation in 13 different areas. The Nordic countries have issued a Nordic declaration of solidarity under which they have undertaken to cooperate in a spirit of solidarity to meet challenges in the foreign and security policy area. 
Every autumn cloud has a silver lining, according to forecast
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2007, 12:10am, Fri. GMT]
This summer may have been unusually cool and wet, but the autumn will at least be warmer than usual, meteorologists say.
Even by Norwegian standards, this summer has been cool, wet and cloudy. Figures from Statistics Norway show that the month of July was the wettest in 67 years, and that the duration of sunshine in the entire month was as low as 115 hours, less than half the average for July. However, a new forecast suggests that it is indeed true that every cloud has a silver lining. The autumn will in fact be warmer than usual, according to the forecast from the European weather centre in Reading, UK.
Dress code startles students
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:21pm, Thu. GMT]

Norway is a country known for its liberal ways, and school dress codes were phased out years ago. One school in Oslo, however, is attempting to set some standards, after seeing too much underwear and cleavage. Young men, it seems, are proud of their designer underpants and like wearing so-called "sag" trousers that let the world see them. Now young men wearing sag trousers at Bjørnsletta School in Oslo face getting some unflattering comments from school officials, like: "Don't you know how to pull up your pants?" Principal Siv Lande has had enough of the revealing dress popular among her young charges.

Swedish IT company SYSteam AB acquires stake in Indian partner ION Solutions
[Norwaynews] [26.08.2007, 10:25am, Sun. GMT]

Swedish IT company SYSteam AB, part of the Norway's ErgoGroup, said on Monday (20 August) that it has agreed to take a 10% stake in its Indian partner ION Solutions. The investment is part of SYSteam's strategy to add offshoring to its service offering and the agreement allows SYSteam to increase its holding in ION Solutions at a later date. No financial details were disclosed.

Police say 3 Ukrainians killed in rafting accident in Norway
[Norwaynews] [24.07.2010, 06:51pm, Sat. GMT]
Norwegian police say three Ukrainian citizens have been killed in a rafting accident in central Norway. Police spokeswoman Ann-Karin Sundgarden says the Ukrainians fell out of their raft in the river Sjoa, north of Lillehammer in central Norway on Saturday. She says it is unclear of what caused the accident. The three were part of a larger group of 13 people that were rafting in the area.
Sand from Sahara blows over northern island
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:47pm, Thu. GMT]
Some dust from the deserts of the Sahara has been spotted in the air over an island off the northern part of Norway. The Sahara sand particles were discovered over the island known as Andøya last week. Officials said it was "quite special" to see desert sand as far north as Norway. "Dust clouds follow the winds from Africa, and these were observed about 2,000 to 2,500 meters over Andøya," Michael Gausa of the island's atmospheric observatory Alomar told Aftenposten.no. Such dust clouds rarely extend further north than Central Europe. Researchers at the Andøya observatory were alerted to the clouds by colleagues farther south.
Golfer snares local victory
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 10:52pm, Thu. GMT]
She was favoured to win and she didn't disappoint: Suzann Pettersen won the SAS Masters tournament on home turf after dominating play all weekend.  Pettersen out-classed her competitors in the Ladies European Tour event, winning by nine strokes and setting a few course records along the way. The tournament played out at the Losby Golf Club, northeast of downtown Oslo, and Pettersen promised she'd return next year to defend her title.
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