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Map of Hedmark   Hedmark makes up the northeastern part of Østlandet, the southeastern part of the country. It includes a long part of the borderline with Sweden, Dalarna County and Värmland County. The largest lakes are Femunden and Mjøsa. It also includes parts of Glomma. Geographically, Hedmark is in the traditional sense divided in the following areas: Hedemarken, east of Mjøsa, Østerdalen, north of Elverum, and Glåmdalen, south of Elverum. Hedmark and Oppland are the only ones of the Norwegian counties with no coastline. Hedmark also hosted some of the 1994 Winter Olympic Games In the county are the well-known towns and built-up places Hamar, Kongsvinger, Elverum and Tynset. Hedmark is one of the less urbanized areas in Norway, as about half of the inhabitants live on rural land. Population is mainly concentrated in the rich agricultural district adjoining Mjøsa to the southeast. The county's extensive forests supply much of Norway's timber; logs were previously floated down Glomma to the coast but are now transported by truck and train.
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.
Truck driver shot on his way to work
[Norwaynews] [02.01.2012, 10:46am, Mon. GMT]
A man in his forties with suspected ties to criminal motorcycle gangs was shot outside his home on Friday morning in Kurland, south-eastern Norway. The extent of his injuries is not yet known. The victim remained conscious after the shooting and was taken to Oslo University Hospital for treatment. He is believed to be one of the leaders of a motorcycle club that includes former members of the Outlaws and Hells Angels, TV 2 reports.
Oil fund hits new heights
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2007, 12:18am, Fri. GMT]
After a week of turbulent markets and diving stock prices, Norwegian officials could report more solid growth in the fund that's saving up the country's oil and gas wealth for future generations.   Norway has been awash in "petrokroner" since oil prices started soaring two years ago. Government officials have been stashing most of the money away in a fund meant to sustain the country when its offshore oil reserves eventually run dry. The fund, formally known as the Government Pension Fund – Global, is still widely known as the "oil fund," and money invested in it grew by another 3.4 percent during the second quarter, to a dizzying NOK 1.94 trillion, or about USD 327.5 billion.
Thousands infected at hospitals
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:24pm, Thu. GMT]

They arrive at hospital expecting to get well, but as tens of thousands of Norwegians experience every year, hospitals spread the real diseases. At least six percent of patients get infections as a direct result of hospitalization, according to statistics from The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (Nasjonalt Folkehelseinstitutt), made public this week. While the figure in itself is severe enough, experts warn that this is just the tip of the iceberg. Professor Bjørg Marit Andersen at Ullevål university hospital, told newspaper Aftenposten that an estimated 60,000-70,000 patients are infected at hospitals every year, and that between 300 and 400 patients die annually as a result.

Norwegian jet fighters monitor increased Russian activity.
[Norwaynews] [26.08.2007, 10:29am, Sun. GMT]
Norwegian F-16 jet fighters from the Bodoe air base on Friday spent altogether 10 hours in the air, monitoring Russian military aircraft off the Norwegian coast, said reports reaching here on Saturday. From the early hours of the morning, 14 Russian jet bombers carried out strategic exercises in international airspace off the Norwegian coast, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported. "It is the first time since the end of the cold war that the Russian military activity in the North has been at this high level, " Bodoe Wing Commander Per Egil Rygg told NRK. Also on Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that the Russians have resumed their strategic long-distance flights on a permanent basis. Undersecretary of State Espen Barth Eide said Norway has increased its military preparedness in the North, and sent extra fighter planes to Bodoe. However, he underlined that the Russians had informed Norway about the exercises, and that the planes did not violate Norwegian airspace.
Russian trawler sinks off Norway coast.
[Norwaynews] [24.04.2009, 04:34pm, Fri. GMT]
The captain of a Russian fishing boat died on Friday after being rescued along with the rest of his crew after their trawler sank in the Barents Sea near Norway's northern coast, Russian officials said.  A Russian fishing industry official said the Koralnes, part of the Sevrybkom-1 company fleet, sank shortly after sending a distress signal at about 9:20 a.m. Moscow time (05:20 GMT). Fifteen crewmembers drifted in an inflatable raft until another Russian trawler picked them up, while two men spent sometime in the arctic water.
BASE jumper killed in Sunndal
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:50pm, Thu. GMT]
A 28-year-old man from Australia died after jumping off a cliff in the mountainous Norwegian county of Møre og Romsdal.
The area is a popular place for so-called BASE (Building Antenna Spans Earth) jumpers who travel to Norway from all over the world to pursue their sometimes fatal sport. Search and rescue workers found the man's body on the side of the mountain called Hårstadnebba in Sunndal, in Møre og Romsdal.
Historic day at the Opera
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 10:57pm, Thu. GMT]
Thousands of Norwegians took a special stroll on Sunday, swapping an ordinary walk in the woods for a chance to wander around the roof of Oslo's new Opera House.  The Opera House is still under construction, and not due to open until April 12 of next year. The state officials developing the project, however, decided to host an unusual open house on top of the Opera House. The building, designed by Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta, is covered in Italian marble that was glistening white in Sunday's bright sunshine. Some Norwegians said they missed their skis, jokingly comparing their tour up to the highest level of the Opera's roof to a spring ski trip over mountain plateaus.
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