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Map of Nordland   Nordland is a county in Norway, bordering Troms in the north, Nord-Trøndelag in the south, Norrbottens län in Sweden to the east, Västerbottens län to the southeast, and the Atlantic Ocean (Norwegian Sea) to the west. The county administration is in Bodø. The remote Arctic island of Jan Mayen has been administered from Nordland since 1995. Nordland is the southernmost county in North Norway. The county was formerly known as Nordlandene amt.
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.
Three die in shooting in Norway
[Norwaynews] [11.05.2009, 07:20pm, Mon. GMT]
Three people are dead after a shooting outside the Norwegian capital Oslo in what, local police say that was a domestic incident.  Norwegian media quote police as saying a man shot dead two women in the suburb of Nesoeya before killing himself.  The gunman is believed to have been in his 60s and to have known both women, one in her 50s, the other younger. Armed police units could be seen fanning out at the scene of the shooting earlier.
Norway’s spectacular Lofoten islands offer thrill of discovery.
[Norwaynews] [11.09.2008, 07:22pm, Thu. GMT]
It started with a photograph we saw while visiting a Park City art gallery in late April.  The title was simple: "D. Lofoten Wall."  But the image was otherworldly. It showed a mountain peak rising sharply from the ocean and highlighted by a ray of sun. In the foreground were tiny fisherman cabins painted in bright hues. A mist of clouds hung in the background.  Does a place like that truly exist?
Population growth in North Norway.
[Norwaynews] [08.05.2008, 04:01pm, Thu. GMT]
Statistics Norway estimates that northern Norway will have a major population increase over the next 20 years, mainly due to work immigration. The three northernmost counties of Norway have experienced rapid population decline since the 1960s. Over the next 20 years Statistics Norway believe that North Norway will increase it’s population by 34 000 inhabitants. The main reason for the growth will be more work immigrants and higher life expectancy.
Politicians blasted over deficient care for the elderly
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:54pm, Thu. GMT]
Norway's so-called "cradle-to-grave" social security system seems to be disappearing, despite the country's vast oil wealth. Complaints over health care and overcrowded schools have long been an issue, and now alarming statistics are emerging over deficient care for the elderly. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Wednesday that it's becoming more and more difficult for elderly Norwegians to get a bed in a nursing home, nearly all of which are public institutions in Norway. Few private options exist. The vast majority of those who are allocated a nursing home room are over 90 years old, and those who win admission also are much weaker and sicker than successful applicants were just 10 years ago.
Body found near freeway
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:02pm, Thu. GMT]
Passersby found the body of a man in a grove of trees not far from the E6 freeway on Oslo's northeast side Friday morning.
Police are describing the man's death as "suspicious," and called special criminal investigators to the scene. "We're working now to secure the area and collect evidence,
House fires claimed four lives, according to authorities.
[Norwaynews] [16.12.2008, 07:58pm, Tue. GMT]
Four bodies of people aged between 17 and 22 were found in the remains of a burned-out single-family home on the island of Hery. The deceased had been attending a party in the house. Authorities said there might be further bodies, since 20 people had attended the party. No cause for the blaze had been established. Early Saturday, six people died in the Norwegian capital Oslo when a fire broke out in an apartment building during the night. Residents who fled to the roof or waited at their windows were rescued. However, the six deceased were trapped when they could not escape due to a blocked emergency exit. Police are also investigating whether a fire alarm was switched off.
Lofoten might save from Big Oil Politics
[Norwaynews] [25.08.2008, 03:01pm, Mon. GMT]

The Norwegian Minister of Environment encouraged local authorities in the Lofoten archipelago in northern Norway to apply to the UNESCO for listing in the World Heritage survey media said. The listing might make it far harder for the oil companies to get access to the abundant hydrocarbons in the area. Minister Erik Solheim proposed to local municipalities in the Lofoten area to apply to the UNESCO for World Heritage status. The listing could complicate the oil industry’s campaign for access to the area. StatoilHydro and other companies are lobbying Norwegian authorities for access to the area, believed to hide major amounts of oil.

Special forces rescue woman
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2007, 12:23am, Fri. GMT]
Germany's foreign minster sent special thanks to Norway's military after Norwegian special forces operating in Afghanistan helped rescue a pregnant German woman from kidnappers.  Christina Meier has been working for the Christian organization Ora International and was captured by a criminal gang in Kabul over the weekend. Norwegian special forces participated in storming the house in Kabul where she was being held and Meier was freed without any shots being fired. She was taken Monday to the German ambassador in Kabul, where she was reported to be in good shape.
Staff shortage hits commuter train service
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:28pm, Thu. GMT]
Norway's state railway NSB was forced to cancel all extra rush-hour train departures on Tuesday, because of an acute shortage of qualified personnel to run them. Several routes were cancelled on Monday as well, and now NSB officials say they've had to cancel dozens of train departures through the end of this week. "We're canceling the extra train service, to minimize the consequences of this," information chief Åge-Christoffer Lundeby told Aftenposten.no. NSB needs as many as 20 persons qualified to operate the trains (lokførere) after an "unusually" large number of train engineers have quit in recent months.
Norway: Force kids to go to kindergarten
[Norwaynews] [26.08.2007, 10:42am, Sun. GMT]

Abid Raja, father of two, thinks half a day in kindergarten should be obligatory for 4 year old from non-Western countries, such as Pakistan, Somalia and Morocco.  From the age of 5, children should be in kindergarten full time.  The cause is that many children can't speak Norwegian when they begin school, because they don't go to kindergarten. "It hinders integration that many immigrant children don't know a word of Norwegian as 6 year olds.  The result is that they keep to each other instead of with Norwegian children" says Raja, who is a lawyer and member of the Liberal Party. Jan Bøhler (Ap) recently proposed to withdraw financial support given to parents. 

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