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Map of Finnmark   Finnmark or Finnmárku is a county in the extreme northeast of Norway, bordering Troms county to the west, Finland (Lapland) to the south and Russia (Murmansk Oblast) to the east. The county was formerly known as Finmarkens amt or Vardøhus amt. Since 2002, the county has had two official names: Finnmark (Norwegian) or Finnmárkku (Sami language). Finnmark borders the Norwegian Sea (Atlantic Ocean) to the northwest, and to the north and northeast is the Barents Sea (Arctic Ocean). Finnmark is also part of the Sápmi region, which spans four countries, as well as the Barents Region. It is the largest and least populated county of Norway. Situated on top of Europe, where Norway swings eastward, Finnmark has always been an area where east meets west - in nature as well as in culture.
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.
Syrian Refugees in Norway's Finnmark Out of Hands
[Norwaynews] [09.10.2015, 11:33am, Fri. GMT]
The Norwegian province of Finnmark is experiencing difficulty as an increased influx of Syrian refugees arrive through the border with Russia, the Norwegian NRK broadcaster reported Friday citing local authorities. The frontier city of Kirkenes has currently seen 500 refugees arrive but officials state that facilities that could host the asylum seekers, such as a former bomb shelter for 150 people and some hotels, are already overcrowded.
The world's first dog-sled taxi service just launched in Norway
[Norwaynews] [05.02.2014, 05:02pm, Wed. GMT]
Offering a one-of-a-kind service to its guests is the Kirkenes Snowhotel in Norway with the launch of the world’s first dog sled taxi to pick guests up from the nearby Kirkenes Airport. Sure to be a hit among animal-lovers, tourists who land at the airport will be provided a thermal suit and allowed to spend some time to get to know their canine companions before embarking on a 45-minute ride through the snowy pathways. Each sled is guided by eight Alaskan huskies, and will cost the guests around $372.
Railway to Norway? It’s hallucinations
[Norwaynews] [23.09.2011, 08:15am, Fri. GMT]
Finland has no money to build the Arctic Ocean railway to Norway, and will not apply to the EU for funding either, says the Finnish Minister of Transport Merja Kyllönen. There have been a lot of talks about building a new railway from Kolari in northern Finland to Skibotn in Troms, Norway. This railway would give Finnish industry, and especially the mining industry, easy access to an ice free harbor in the north. However, this seems to be far-fetched plans, according to the Finnish minister of Transport.
Worst dental health in Northern Norway
[Norway] [03.06.2010, 11:50pm, Thu. GMT]
The population in the three northernmost counties have poorer oral health than people in the rest of the country. They go to the dentist less often than the rest of the population, but sits on top of the statistics on most dental visits because of acute problems. This emerged in a new report on dental health . Statistics presented today selected characteristics of the dental health status in Norway.
Norway's new 'China Strategy' raises a few questions
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:49pm, Thu. GMT]
Norway's Foreign Ministry has launched a new strategy aimed at improving relations with China. Some question, however, whether it holds any really concrete measures, and human rights activists are disappointed. Both Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and his colleague in charge of foreign aid, Erik Solheim, as much as admitted on national television Tuesday evening that Norway has had a hard time keeping up with China's mind-boggling economic growth. Norwegians recognize, however, that China has emerged as a global powerhouse, where everyone seems to want a piece of the action.
Baritone from the north sings his way to victory
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 10:56pm, Thu. GMT]
A Norwegian won his own queen's international music competition, for the first time in six years.  Audun Iversen from the northern city of Harstad won Queen Sonja's annual International Music Competition in a packed Oslo Concert House, with the queen in attendance. She's backed the annual showcase for years and was the one who announced the 30-year-old baritone as the winner after he'd sung "Die Lustige Witwe" and "Vaterland, du machst bei Tag" from "The Merry Widow" by Franz Lehar.
Two Finnish divers die in Norway
[Norwaynews] [07.02.2014, 05:03pm, Fri. GMT]
The Finnish Foreign Ministry is still awaiting confirmation of the identities of the two Finns who drowned in Norway on Thursday. Norwegian police confirmed to the Finnish Foreign Ministry that two Finns perished in a diving accident in northern Norway Thursday night. Police said that three other Finnish nationals were injured in the incident and that they are still receiving treatment in Norway, according to Foreign Secretary Heli Läntinen.
King Crab safari in Norway
[Norwaynews] [08.01.2013, 04:22pm, Tue. GMT]
King crabs can grow up to 80 centimetres in length and weigh in the region of 10 kilograms. Visitors to northern Norway can not only enjoy the regional delicacy on their dinner plates but also have the chance to go on a crab safari to the best fishing grounds on a local fishing boat. The view is masked by sea spray and a cold maritime wind chills the body as the motor boat makes its way over the Barents Sea. The only noises to be heard come from the diesel engine and the calls of a couple of seagulls following the vessel.
King crabs Norway’s new seafood success in the High North?
[Norwaynews] [06.09.2010, 06:17am, Mon. GMT]
The red king crab industry could become another Norwegian seafood success story. Right now, it is just where Norway’s salmon industry was 30 years ago. Once again, researchers are contributing valuable help. Many tones of king crab has been exported by Norway. Japan has traditionally been the biggest market for king crab but now the European market is showing an increased interest in the product.
New radar in eastern Finnmark.
[Norwaynews] [25.08.2008, 05:28am, Mon. GMT]
Avinor has already started the building of a new radar close to Kirkenes Airport in eastern Finnmark of Norway. This will improve the control over flight traffic in the region.  The radar has two main objects. One is to improve the control over air traffic in Finnmark better and the other is to ease the landings at Høybuktmoen, Kirkenes Airport, says Avinor in a press release.   In addition to Kirkenes Airport, there are six smaller airports in Eastern Finnmark near to Russia.
Train chaos to ‘last all winter’
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:23pm, Thu. GMT]

Commuters face a long autumn and winter of chaos as Norway’s state railway NSB warns that the acute staff shortage will not be resolved until at least spring next year. For commuters, the staff shortage at Norway’s state railway NSB is already making it difficult to get to work and back home. NSB has been forced to cancel several extra rush-hour train departures in the eastern part of Norway this week, with more cancellations due in the next few days.

Norwegian centre for science opens
[Norwaynews] [26.08.2007, 10:27am, Sun. GMT]
A new 8,500sq m (91,500sq ft) science centre has opened in the Artic community of Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen – the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago in Norway. Raised on 390 steel poles to withstand its harsh Artic environment, the star-shaped, copper-clad Svalbard Science Centre combines a new space for the Svalbard Museum with an expansion of the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), a new space for the Norwegian Polar Institute and a cultural and historical storage area for the Governor of Svalbard. Oslo-based Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Architects designed the building as an extension to the existing university and research building in order to expand its capacity fourfold. The museum aims to explain the relationship between nature, culture, landscape, technology and the local environment through the social history of human activity in the region over the 400 years, alongside facilities for further scientific research.
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