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Map of Sogn og Fjordane   Sogn og Fjordane is a county in Norway, bordering Møre og Romsdal, Oppland, Buskerud and Hordaland. The county administration is in Leikanger. The name Sogn og Fjordane was created in 1919. The first element is the name of the region Sogn. The last element is the plural form of fjord - referring to the two regions Nordfjord and Sunnfjord. Until 1919 the name of the county was Nordre Bergenhus amt - with the meaning '(the) northern (part of) Bergenhus amt'. (The old Bergenhus amt, created in 1662, was divided in 1763.) It is mainly a rural area with scattered population. It includes the biggest glacier in mainland Norway, Jostedalsbreen, and the deepest lake, Hornindalsvatnet. There are many famous waterfalls located in the area, including Ramnefjellsfossen (previously called Utigardfossen), the tallest in Norway, and third tallest in the World; Vettisfossen, one of Norway's highest waterfalls, with a vertical drop of 275 m, is located in the Jotunheim mountains. Cruise ships visit the district all summer, because of the unique vistas of high mountains and deep blue fjords.
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.
 
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Norwegian police detain 63 in drug raids.
[Norwaynews] [16.01.2009, 03:55pm, Fri. GMT]
Norwegian police said that 63 people have been detained and the equivalent of nearly U.S. $8.5 million in narcotics and performance-enhancing drugs seized in raids on an Internet-based illegal drugs network. Police said the nationwide network appeared to have been run from a 24-year-old man's bedroom at his parents house in the western Norway town of Foerde. "This is a big case that involved a lot of people," Police Chief Johan Brekke of the Sogn og Fjordane police district said at a news conference. The case involved 16 police districts.
 
Norwegian soccer under fire
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:57pm, Thu. GMT]
The coach of Norway's national soccer squad fired off a wad of his own verbal abuse this week after a top agent and a talent scout claimed that the quality of Norwegian soccer (football) players has deteriorated in recent years.  Per A Flod, who's been the agent for players including John Carew, had said that soccer officials in other countries have told him that they think the quality of Norwegian soccer isn't as high today as it once was. "It's almost impossible to sell Norwegian players to foreign clubs, with the exception of poor clubs in marginal countries," Flod told newspaper Aftenposten.
 
Record compensation for injury
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:31pm, Thu. GMT]
Footballer Dagfinn Enerly, whose life was turned upside-down in a 2005 accident, receives NOK 9,5 million in compensation for breaking his neck on the field, the highest ever compensation given to a Norwegian athlete. After breaking his neck in a 2005 accidental collision with a team mate on the field, Fredrikstad player Dagfinn Enerly has been tied to a wheel chair. Almost two years later, the football star whose life was turned upside-down, has received NOK 9,5 million (about USD 1,6 million), the highest financial compensation ever given to a Norwegian athlete after a sports injury, reports newspaper VG. Through his lawyer, Enerly said that he was "happy" with the compensation, but that he did not want to comment further on the issue.
 
By producing good films, we can create good image of Pakistan out of the country, Says Pakistan Film Producer, Hamayun Saeed
[Norwaynews] [26.08.2007, 08:03pm, Sun. GMT]

Famous Pakistani Actor and producer, Hamayun Saeed said, We can build good image of Pakistan by producing good films. Talking to The Asians at the side line of his film’s introductry ceremony here, the producer said, he wants to support the Pakistan film industry by making new films with news styles. The Urdu Film "Botal Gali" was introduced recently with cooperation of Norwegian Pakistan film producer, Nasrullah Qureshi. Hamayun Saeed said, We need to work much more for the improvement of the Pakistani film industry.

 
Støre 'satisfied' with Foreign Ministry reform
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2007, 12:26am, Fri. GMT]
Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre is so far happy about the reform of the Norwegian Foreign Ministry, long rumoured to be gender biased, authoritarian, bullying and old-fashioned. But the Minister still has a long way to go when it comes to gender equality.
Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, who has spent two years reforming his Ministry, this week looked back at his work with satisfaction. Surveys have previously found what was termed a "culture of bullying" in the Ministry. Combined with unusually few women in the top jobs, the Ministry has regularly faced public criticism. Støre, aiming to improve the situation, this week told a meeting including all Ministry employees that reform is well underway.
 
Major hotel deal in the works
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:45pm, Thu. GMT]
Norwegian Property, an Oslo-based real estate firm that's been on an enormous expansion drive the past year, has launched a bid to take over a large portfolio of hotels operated by Scandic, Choice and Rezidor in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. A successful takeover of Norgani Hotels would make Norwegian Property the largest stock-listed real estate company in all the Nordic countries, with more than 130 properties valued at nearly NOK 31 billion (about USD 5.4 billion). The 74 hotels in the Norgani portfolio are valued at NOK 10 billion, with 12 of them in Norway including the Radisson SAS Lillehammer Hotel and Quality Hotel & Resorts at Hafjell and Kristiansand. Around half of Norgani's hotels are run by Scandic, which was recently sold by Hilton to a Swedish investment group.
 
Armed robbery at Vinderen
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:05pm, Thu. GMT]
Police were holding a suspect Friday morning after an armed robber held up a grocery store in Oslo's fashionable Vinderen neighborhood earlier in the day.  The robber hit the ICA grocery store at Vinderen just after 7am, and threatened two store employees with a pistol. He then taped them together before fleeing on foot.
 
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