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Map of Oslo   Oslo (called Christiania from 1624 to 1878, and Kristiania from 1878 to 1924) is the capital and largest city of Norway. It is also a municipality, and a county of its own. The city of Oslo was established as a municipality on January 3, 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). It was separated from the county of Akershus as a county of its own in 1842. The rural municipality of Aker was merged with Oslo January 1, 1948 (and then transferred from Akershus county to Oslo county). The population of the city proper is 553,396 (as of July 1, 2007).[1] The city area extends into the surrounding county of Akershus, its agglomeration totaling 839,423[2], and its metropolitan area, also referred to as the Greater Oslo region (Stor-Osloregionen) and which extends beyond the city boundaries, has an estimated population of 1,121,020 citizens (2005) and a land area of 6 920 km² [1]. Oslo has a current annual growth exceeding 15,000. The city centre of Oslo is situated at the end of the Oslofjord from where the city sprawls out both to the north and to the south on both sides of the fjord giving the city area more or less the shape of a U. In the entire Oslo Fjord Region there is a total population of about 1.7 million. About 22 % of the population of Oslo are immigrants. The urban municipality (bykommune) of Oslo and county (fylke) is the same entity. Of Oslo's total area, 115 km² is built-up and 7 km² is agricultural. The open areas within the built-up zone amount to 22 km².
Subsea Valley Conference opens with Norway’s Minister of Petroleum & Energy remarks
[Norwaynews] [16.04.2015, 02:55pm, Thu. GMT]
Norway’s Minister of Petroleum & Energy, Tord Lien, opened the Subsea Valley Conference, held in Oslo, Norway, with remarks on the state of the country’s reserves and current plans in the industry’s current down cycle. Earlier this month, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate celebrated its 50th anniversary of the country’s first licensing round with an objective to ensure thorough exploration and secure sound financial return for the country.
Norwegian woman barred from traveling on charges of beating Egyptian husband
[Norwaynews] [09.03.2015, 12:31pm, Mon. GMT]
A Norwegian woman went on a hunger strike Sunday in protest to a travel ban by Egyptian authorities, Youm7 reported Monday. The Moroccan-Norwegian Mona Hafid, who converted to Islam after marrying an Egyptian man who works in tourism, was barred to travel abroad because she convicted of beating her husband and was sentenced to six months in prison, although her sentenced was recently commuted.
Red Zone festival in Oslo dedicated to the Armenian Genocide
[Norwaynews] [04.03.2015, 12:33pm, Wed. GMT]
The Armenian Cultural Association in Norway presents various commemorative events marking the centennial of the Armenian Genocide in Norway. The events organized by Norwegian Church’s cultural agency Kirkelig Kulturverksted (KKV) include a film screening, photo exhibition, theater performances, a cultural workshop, a concert and a panel discussion on political aspects of denial within the prestigious annual Red Zone Festival, happening this week, sponsored by freedom of expression foundation Fritt Ord and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Proffice Appoints a New Director in Norway
[Norwaynews] [10.02.2015, 08:06pm, Tue. GMT]
Eivind Bøe is taking up the position as new Director of the Proffice Group's (STO:PROEB) business in Norway. "Norway is an important market for the Proffice Group, and I'm delighted that we will have a strong leader in place. Eivind Bøe will develop the business with our existing clients and create opportunities to find new ones," says Henrik Höjsgaard, President and CEO of the Proffice Group.
General strike in Norway
[Norwaynews] [29.01.2015, 06:27pm, Thu. GMT]
1.5 million workers went on strike yesterday in the biggest political strike in Norwegian history. Trade unions struck against the right-wing government’s attempts to reform labour laws. All of the major trade unions in Norway called for a strike yesterday, 28th of January, against the government’s attempt to reform labour laws, making working life more “flexible”. They are trying to promote temporary jobs, more overtime without overtime compensation - a more exploitative working life.
Oslo is the most expensive city in Europe for expats
[Norwaynews] [05.01.2015, 01:31pm, Mon. GMT]
Oslo tops the list of Europe’s most expensive locations for expats, followed by Stavanger and Zurich, the latest cost of living survey shows. But in Sweden, where the Krona currency has weakened, there are no longer any locations in the top 30 of the list compiled by ECA International, a provider of knowledge, information and technology for the management and assignment of employees around the world.
5000 people lit up the streets of Oslo during NOAH’s march against fur
[Norwaynews] [12.11.2014, 12:49pm, Wed. GMT]
Norway’s largest animal rights organization – announce that almost 5000 people attended NOAH’s march against fur in Oslo this Saturday. Nationwide between 6500 and 7000 people attended the event, which was held in 15 cities across Norway. NOAH’s march against fur has been an annual event for eleven years, and has become Europe’s largest anti-fur event. This year more people than ever attended.
A Norwegian 12-Year-Old Is "Marrying" a 37-Year-Old Man — but For a Good Reason
[Norway] [11.10.2014, 09:25am, Sat. GMT]
Thea likes to bake and ride horses, she LOVES One Direction, and the Norwegian 12-year-old is also engaged to be married to a man in his late 30s, according to her own blog. The site chronicles her path to the altar from her perspective, from picking out wedding desserts to trying on white dresses, and even discussing what will happen on her wedding night. The good news: the shocking story is not actually real — for Thea, at least. However, there are forced marriages happening around the globe, and the initiative by Plan Norway — a branch of Plan International, an organization that works to protect the rights of children — has been launched to raise awareness about the issue. The charity explained the purpose of the campaign:
Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo celebrates the 100th anniversary of Thor Heyerdahl's birth
[Norwaynews] [09.07.2014, 03:06pm, Wed. GMT]
When the famous Norwegian adventurer, scientist and communicator Thor Heyerdahl died on 18 April 2002 it made headlines around the world. No Norwegian celebrity's death has received as much coverage before or since. He had become world famous 55 years earlier thanks to his legendary Kon-Tiki expedition and photos of Thor Heyerdahl and his crew together with the USA's President Truman outside the White House.
Norway becoming electric car capital of the world
[Norwaynews] [18.06.2014, 06:07pm, Wed. GMT]
You might think electric cars are taking over California in the US, but the biggest adopter of green motoring is actually much closer to home. Norway is now home to 35,000 electric vehicles, which is an impressive figure when you consider a population of just five million. Electric vehicles now represent 14.5 per cent of all new vehicle sales, according to a report in the Independent newspaper. A sales spike in May 2014 saw an additional 1,346 sales of battery-powered vehicles alone. There's an electric car for every 142 people in the country.
Prime Minister announces new plans for the government buildings
[Norwaynews] [27.05.2014, 09:16am, Tue. GMT]
Prime Minister Erna Solberg held a press conference on Sunday afternoon to announce the government's plan for the new government buildings.  The much-debated highrise, "høyblokka," which was the target in the terrorist attack in Oslo in 2011, will be preserved and modernized. At least three other buildings will be demolished to make room for the government buildings of the future. Many people have debated and disagreed on whether the so-called "highrise" building, where Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg had his office, should be demolished or preserved after the government buildings in Akersgata were damaged in 2011.
HIV situation in Norway in 2014
[Norwaynews] [06.03.2015, 10:34am, Fri. GMT]
In 2014, there were 249 new cases of HIV diagnosed in Norway, a moderate increase from 2013. The increase is among men who have sex with men (MSM) and heterosexually-infected people living in Norway. The trend of fewer diagnosed cases of HIV infection continued among immigrants who were infected heterosexually before arrival in Norway.
Oslo to replace roadside tolling equipment
[Norwaynews] [18.02.2015, 05:21pm, Wed. GMT]
The Norwegian Public Roads Administration (Statens vegvesen NPRA) has awarded a contract for the replacement of all AutoPass roadside tolling equipment in Oslo. The contract has an estimated value of NKr50m (US$6.6m) and has been given to the Trondheim-based company, Q-Free. The project’s delivery comprises: dismantling of the existing roadside equipment; installation of new roadside equipment; and service and maintenance of the system after the completion of the installation.
Pope says it's OK to spank kids
[Norwaynews] [08.02.2015, 06:02pm, Sun. GMT]
Pope Francis says it's OK to spank your children to discipline them - as long as their dignity is maintained. Francis made the remarks this week during his weekly general audience, which was devoted to the role of fathers in the family. Francis outlined the traits of a good father: one who forgives but is able to "correct with firmness" while not discouraging the child.
Anders H. Lier joins Enoro as CEO
[Norwaynews] [07.01.2015, 07:11pm, Wed. GMT]
Anders H. Lier is appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of Enoro Group as of 1 January 2015. Mr. Lier joins Enoro to build on its Nordic market leadership and spearhead the international expansion. Enoro is the global software house that makes utilities more intelligent. Enoro is a software solutions provider offering a complete solution portfolio for the meter-to-cash processes of small, medium and large energy utilities.
Italian embassy in Oslo promotes Umbria's gastronomy
[Norwaynews] [17.12.2014, 06:52am, Wed. GMT]
Gastronomical specialties from Umbria were brought to Norway by the Italian ambassador to Oslo, Giorgio Novello, at a special promotional event hosted in his residence with two businesswomen from the food and wine sector, Livia Colantonio of Castello delle Regine and Ada Urbani of Urbani Tartufi.
Oslo Freedom Forum Attendee Risked Her Life to Watch Titanic
[Norwaynews] [21.10.2014, 03:56pm, Tue. GMT]
Familiar D.C. faces, such as former Reason editor Michael Moynihan, Tom Palmer from Atlas Foundation, and John Fund and Jay Nordlinger from National Review Online were meandering across Eidsvoll Square in front of the Norwegian Parliament around noon, squinting in the bright, low-hanging winter sun. They are in town for the sixth Oslo Freedom Forum, where human rights activists from across the globe get together to talk about how to defeat dictators.
Plane carrying 200 people forced to circle over Norway for THREE hours
[Norwaynews] [01.09.2014, 10:54am, Mon. GMT]
A passenger plane with a suspected flat tyre was forced to circle over Norway for nearly three hours before making an emergency landing at the capital's main airport. The plane circled the skies to burn off fuel before attempting the landing at Oslo Airport in Gardermoen. The Novair Airbus A321 was carrying almost 200 passengers and crew when it landed safely on Sunday night. A tyre may have been punctured when the plane was taking off while en route to Chania on the Greek island of Crete.
Recent UND grad stars in reality TV show featuring Norwegian-Americans
[Norwaynews] [09.07.2014, 08:50am, Wed. GMT]
Recent University of North Dakota graduate Kent Luetzen had a quick, intense lesson on his Norwegian roots, one that will be on television all over Norway. "I wasn't allowed to tell anybody what I was doing, so I had to tell all my professors I had a really cool job opportunity. I didn't want to tell them I was graduating early to be on a reality TV show," Luetzen said. The 22-year-old Minot native recently filmed a season of the popular Norwegian show "Alt for Norge," in which Americans of Norwegian descent who have never been to Norway compete in tasks to win prizes and a chance to meet their distant relatives.
Norway begins selection process for Eurovision 2015
[Norwaynews] [11.06.2014, 12:12pm, Wed. GMT]
Norway has begun the long process of selecting its entry for the 60th Eurovision Song Contest, which is due to be held in Austria in May 2015. Less than a month since the staging in Copenhagen, Denmark, of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, Norway has become the first country to open for song submissions. Each year, the Norwegian state broadcaster Norsk Rikskringkasting (NRK) runs a national selection process to find their Eurovision entry through the popular programme Melodi Grand Prix.
02 years old stabbed to death in Norway
[Norwaynews] [27.05.2014, 09:13am, Tue. GMT]
A two-year-old girl was stabbed to death in a fight involving 10 Afghanistan and Iraq family relatives in an Oslo school on Friday afternoon, said police. At least three persons, including the girl's two female relatives, were hospitalized with serious injuries, said an Oslo police officer at a press conference. Police were working to establish the sequence of what had happened. One suspect, a 30-year-old man, was arrested while the second suspect, a 35 year old man, was among the critically injured.
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