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Map of Oppland   Oppland extends from the lakes Mjøsa and Randsfjorden to the mountains Dovrefjell, Jotunheimen and Rondane. The county is conventionally divided into traditional districts. These are Gudbrandsdalen, Valdres, Toten, Hadeland and Land. Oppland includes the towns Lillehammer, Gjøvik and Otta, and Norway's two highest mountains, Glittertind and Galdhøpiggen. Several museums and other attractions are situated in Oppland and tourism is important to the economy, Valdres and Gudbrandsdal being popular attractions. The Gudbrandsdal surrounds the river Gudbrandsdalslågen, and includes the villages Øyer, Dovre and Dombås. Valdres includes the area extending from Jotunheimen down to Bagn at Begna river. It is a well known place for skiing and winter sports. The main population centres in this area are Beitostølen and Fagernes.
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.
New Measures in Norwegian Immigration Policy
[Norwaynews] [07.07.2009, 08:07am, Tue. GMT]
The Government has introduced new measures in the immigration policy that will ensure that the Norwegian practice in areas of importance differs as little as possible from other European countries. This is a continuation of the tightening measures from 2008, where SV dissented. The aim is to limit the number of asylum seekers who are not in need of protection, and furthermore to prevent that Norway receives a disproportionate amount of the asylum seekers coming to Europe, says Minister of Labour and Social Inclusion Dag Terje Andersen.
Stocks take another beating
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:55pm, Thu. GMT]
Investors were in a selling mood Thursday morning, driving down prices once again on the Oslo Stock Exchange. The day closed with the market down more than 4 percent. Global market turbulence and the Norwegian central bank's decision on Wednesday to boost interest rates again were seen as the main reasons for the sell-off.  Some of Norway's wealthiest industrialists and financiers have suffered huge losses this week, albeit on paper. The value of shipowner John Fredriksen's holdings has reportedly fallen around NOK 4.5 billion, but he indicated to newspaper Dagens Næringsliv that he wasn't overly concerned because share values had been at an all-time high.
Srilankan Peace Envoy with world's media to North Pole.
[Norwaynews] [26.08.2007, 10:44am, Sun. GMT]
Nearly 100 journalists from all over the world visited to the Global Seed Vault, which is under construction on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard.   Construction work on the Svalbard Global Seed Vault (SGS) started in April 2007 and the first bastings were performed in May. The facility will be opened on 28 February 2008. The visit to the facility will be lead by Project Manager Magnus Bredeli Tveiten from the Norwegian construction body Statsbygg. Part of the tour will include press briefings by Environment Minister Helen Bjoernoey, the head of the UN's Climate Secretariat Yvo de Boer, Development Minister and Srilankan Special Peace Envoy Erik Solheim, Head of Secretariat Cary Fowler from Global Crop Diversity Trust and the governor of Svalbard.  The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is being constructed as a cave excavated into the permafrost just outside Longyearbyen which in near to North pole. The SGS is intended to ensure genetic variety for the world's food plants by storing duplicates of seed collections from gene banks all over the world,
Meter-reading set to disappear
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2007, 12:24am, Fri. GMT]
Electricity customers won't need to read their meters and send in the numbers to their power companies anymore, thanks to new technology.  Norway's government minister in charge of energy issues gave the go-ahead on Tuesday for development of two-way communication between energy consumers and suppliers. The goal is for all electricity customers in Norway to have new two-way meters in place by 2012.
Costs mount for royal remodelling projects.
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:03pm, Thu. GMT]
Remodeling costs for royal property in Norway have hit nearly NOK 800 million (USD 133 million) during the past decade and bills are still coming in, but much of the extensive restoration is nearing an end.  The most recent remodelling and restoration project was officially finished on Friday, reported newspaper VG, when the stately old royal mansion on Oslo's Bygdøy peninsula was turned over to King Harald and Queen Sonja. Restoration of Bygdøy Kongsgården took six years and cost NOK 177.8 million to improve it enough that King Harald and Queen Sonja could be able to use it as a summer residence.
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