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Map of Hordaland   Hordaland is a county in Norway, bordering Sogn og Fjordane, Buskerud, Telemark and Rogaland. Hordaland is the third largest county after Akershus and Oslo by population. The county administration is in Bergen. Before 1972 Bergen was a separate entity from Hordaland.
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.
Dutch sailors clash with Norwegians
[Norwaynews] [13.02.2012, 01:07pm, Mon. GMT]
Dutch servicemen in have been involved in fighting with Norwegians outside a bar in the port of Bergen. One of the Norwegians was badly hurt and had to be hospitalised. It’s not known what caused the fight. A police spokesman said the Dutchmen are believed to be sailors from a naval vessel in Tollbodkaien, a harbour to the north of Bergen. This is not the first time Dutch servicemen have been involved in violence in Norway. In 2006 there was a fight involving Dutch military personnel in a disco in the north of Norway.
Argentinians 'forced' to come play friendly match in Norway
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2007, 12:19am, Fri. GMT]
Super-star soccer players on Argentina's national squad had little choice but to travel to Oslo this week for a "friendly" match against Norway's own team.  The Norwegians are widely viewed as no match for the Argentinians, and Wednesday's face-off at Ullevaal Stadium is little more than a command performance. As newspaper VG noted on Tuesday, the match is only taking place after officials at the world football association FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association).stepped in and forced the Argentinians to play the Norwegians in Norway.
Government split after Dutch request for troops
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:25pm, Thu. GMT]
In a move likely to split Norway’s centre-left coalition, the government is considering sending troops to the turbulent Uruzgan province in southern Afghanistan. Responding to a Dutch cry for help, the Ministry of Defence confirmed today that the government is considering sending troops to help the struggling NATO mission in southern Afghanistan.  Norwegian troops are already based in the northern part of the war-torn South Asian country, but the government has several times declined similiar requests from Canada of moving Norwegian troops to the more turbulent south.  The issue is known to split Norway’s centre-left coalition government.
Award given to CEO Telenor in Norway
[Norwaynews] [26.08.2007, 10:38am, Sun. GMT]
The Pakistani community in Norway presented President and CEO Telenor Group Jon Fredrik Baksaas with a special award (Bridge Builder Award 2007) on the occasion of Pakistan’s 60th Independence Day celebrations. The Bridge Builder Award honours people who have contributed to strengthening cultural and bilateral ties between Pakistan and Norway. This is the second time Telenor Group has received the award, the first time was in 2004, which was received by CEO Telenor Pakistan Tore Johnsen. Receiving the award, Mr Baksaas expressed his sincere gratitude and said it was a great honour for him to receive the Bridge Builder Award 2007 on behalf of the Telenor Group. “We see the award as an indication that the Pakistani community in Norway recognises and supports our commitment in Pakistan. It means a lot to receive this recognition,” he said. staff report
Bergen region where more fire and Rain
[Norwaynews] [28.05.2009, 10:15am, Thu. GMT]
The Bergen region is unique. Located in the county of Hordaland, on the west coast of Norway, Bergen is Norway’s main maritime city.  Known as “the Bergen region”, with its geographical location, growing economy, high quality education, research institutions and solid infrastructure, this area has continued to expand its reputation for value creation and quality of life.  The is also a leading region within the area of petroleum, aquaculture, hydroelectric power, maritime operations.
Crown Princess Mette-Marit chided for smoking
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:51pm, Thu. GMT]
Norway's crown princess was caught smoking at a wedding recently, and that's disappointed officials at the country's cancer society. Crown Princess Mette-Marit, like many other members of the royal family, enjoyed her cigarettes for years until she finally claimed she'd kicked the habit while pregnant with Norway's new heir to the throne. It appears she's gone back to puffing, though. Magazine Se og Hør published photos this week of the crown princess smoking at a wedding this summer. The photos have prompted the head of the Norwegian cancer society (Kreftforeningen) to offer Mette-Marit courses on how to stop smoking.
Killer claims compensation
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 10:58pm, Thu. GMT]
A man who wildly stabbed fellow passengers on board an Oslo tram three years ago is now seeking compensation from the state. He claims he never should have been released from psychiatric care just days before he went amok, and his victim's own mother agrees.
The man, an immigrant from Somalia in his 40s, killed one of the passengers and wounded four others in the bloody attack on board the #17 tram as it rolled by Bislett Stadium on an August afternoon in 2004. He had been sitting quietly on the tram when he suddenly pulled out a large knife, which he'd just bought in downtown Oslo, and started slashing at everyone around him. The shocked driver of the tram brought it to a halt and frantically called for assistance.
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