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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.
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.
Child welfare or 'state kidnapping'? Foreign parents face anguish in Norway
[AFP] [03.05.2016, 06:43am, Tue. GMT]
"The children are afraid when there's a knock at the door. They fear they'll be taken away again," says Jaquline tearfully in broken Norwegian, recounting her battles with Norway's child welfare services which have been accused of unduly tearing families apart.

Known as Barnevernet, the agency provides a host of services to parents in need.
But more controversially, it also removes children from their homes, placing them in institutions or foster families due to perceived shortcomings in their care, or if they are subjected to child-rearing methods perceived as violent.

This has led to misunderstandings with ethnic minorities, who often have different cultural codes and are overrepresented in having their children taken away, in a move some have branded "state kidnappings".

In this Scandinavian country of five million people, 1,665 children were removed from their parents' care in 2014, among them 424 with foreign-born mothers, agency figures show.
Armenian boy killed in Nagorno-Karabakh remembered at Oslo event
[Norwaynews] [03.04.2016, 01:42pm, Sun. GMT]
“Norway and the Armenian Genocide” project kick-off event was held in the House of Literature in Oslo on Saturday, the Armenian Cultural Association in Norway reports. The event started with a minute of silence remembering Vaghinak Grigoryan, a 12-year-old boy killed in Nagorno-Karabakh  by large-scale offensive operation launched by the Azerbaijani army involving heavy artillery and helicopter gunships that shelled villages and towns.
Major power problems in Norway’s capital Oslo brings the metro service to a stop
[Norwaynews] [20.11.2015, 09:40am, Fri. GMT]
A major power outage in the Norwegian capital Oslo resulted in an abrupt stall of the Oslo’s Metro services this week. Oslo’s metro service gets most of its power supply for regular operation from Hafslund. With a major disruption to this power supply at Majorstuen resulted in a complete stall of the metro service in the Norwegian capital city, Oslo.
Syrian migrants gather at Norway-Russia border
[Norwaynews] [27.09.2015, 08:20am, Sun. GMT]
More refugees and migrants from Syria are choosing an Arctic route to enter Europe and escape conflict in their country. They are entering Norway across its border with Russia. Norwegian police say around 300 Syrians have arrived in the Scandinavian country by way of Russia so far this year. The number is about 10 times that for the whole of last year.
The Wave targets the Oscar
[Norwaynews] [03.09.2015, 07:54am, Thu. GMT]
The Norwegian Oscar Committee decided yesterday (2 September) that Norwegian director Roar Uthaug’s The Wave (Bølgen) will be Norway’s official candidate for the Oscar-nominations as Best Foreign-Language Feature. The committee made the final choice from its own shortlist, also including Norwegian directors Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken’s Returning Home (Å vende tilbake) and Anne Sewitsky’s Homesick (De nærmeste).
Largest spa in Norway opens in December
[Norwaynews] [17.07.2015, 05:22am, Fri. GMT]
Austria - Thermarium strengthens its position as a global key player in spa planning and realization. One of the most outstanding projects is the Kongeveien Eiendom Spa Complex in Norway , now rebranded to "THE WELL". The largest spa facility in Norway is funded by a private investor and is scheduled to open in December 2015 .
Cut '8 days of military spending' for universal education: Malala
[Norwaynews] [09.07.2015, 07:32am, Thu. GMT]
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai on Tuesday urged world leaders to cut “eight days of military spending” to give all children access to 12 years of free education. About $39 billion would be needed each year to fund the schooling, according to an estimate from the laureate’s non-profit group the Malala Fund.
Aker Solutions to cut jobs in Norway
[Norwaynews] [12.06.2015, 03:01pm, Fri. GMT]
Aker Solutions has notified employees at its subsea services facility in Ågotnes, Norway, that it has become necessary to adjust the plant’s workforce capacity because of a decline in activity in the Norwegian market. Between 150 and 200 positions in Ågotnes may be affected. Adjustments will be made through normal employee turnover, reassignments to other parts of the company and dismissals.
Woman recalls childhood in Norway during war
[Norway] [26.05.2015, 09:37pm, Tue. GMT]
The following interview of Ellen Cook was conducted Dec. 3, 2013 in Bartlesville by Joe L. Todd for the Eisenhower Library in Abilene, Kan. I was born in Oslo, Norway, on May 17, 1939, which also is our national holiday and my dad’s birthday. It was 125 years of Norway’s Independence from Sweden.
Council of Europe calls on Norway to scrap local begging bans
[Norwaynews] [19.05.2015, 06:25pm, Tue. GMT]
The Council of Europe said Monday that Norway should scrap a law allowing local councils to ban begging, describing it as “discriminatory” against Roma immigrants. The pan-European body’s Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks welcomed Norway’s decision to drop plans for a nationwide begging ban earlier this year, but said he remained “concerned about bans at municipal level on begging and sleeping rough”.
Norwegian mass killer's human rights violated in prison, court rules
[Norwaynews] [20.04.2016, 07:59pm, Wed. GMT]
Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has won his human rights case against the Norwegian government. The self-proclaimed Nazi, who killed 77 people on a bomb and gun rampage in 2011, claimed that he was forced to endure "inhuman and degrading" conditions in prison. A district court in Oslo ruled on Wednesday that the 37-year-old's treatment violated Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights. After the judgment, Breivik's lawyer, Oystein Storrvik, called for his solitary confinement to be repealed.
Plane crashed in northern Sweden after issuing a distress call
[Norwaynews] [08.01.2016, 07:41am, Fri. GMT]
A Norwegian F-16 has located wreckage believed to be from a plane that went missing in northern Sweden earlier today. The wreckage is located between the north western part of the Lake Akkajaure and the Norwegian border, according to the Swedish Transport Agency.
Norwegian Air Ambulance becomes launch customer for the newly improved H135
[Norwaynews] [07.10.2015, 01:09pm, Wed. GMT]
The Norwegian Air Ambulance (Norsk Luftambulanse AS) will be the first operator to purchase the technically improved H135. Three units have been ordered with the option for further helicopters in the future. The first delivery is planned for 2017. The Norwegian emergency medical services (EMS) operator will benefit from Airbus Helicopters’ enhancements to the versatile H135, which began with engine improvements offering increased performance for CAT A flights from elevated heliports and in hot and high situations.
Norwegian ruling parties suffer losses in local vote
[Norwaynews] [15.09.2015, 06:11pm, Tue. GMT]
The two parties in Norway's right-leaning coalition government have suffered large losses in local elections, partly because of the anti-immigration Progress Party's opposition to Syrian refugees. According to Tuesday's official returns, voters swung to parties at the left, which have argued that refugees should be allowed to settle in wealthy, oil-rich Norway.
AirBaltic pilot and crew caught drunk in Oslo to be taken into custody
[Norwaynews] [12.08.2015, 06:18am, Wed. GMT]
A Norwegian court on Monday ordered that a pilot and three other crew members of the Latvian airline airBaltic be taken into custody after failing blood alcohol tests at Oslo Airport, news agency NTB reported. The four detainees are Latvian nationals. The crew was detained on Saturday after the pilot, the co-pilot, and two flight attendants were found to be intoxicated with blood alcohol levels above permissible limits.
Conflicts rob 30 million children of education: Norwegian PM
[Norwaynews] [09.07.2015, 07:35am, Thu. GMT]
Armed conflicts deprive about 30 million children of education worldwide and governments need to step up investments to make schools safer, partly by widening use of the Internet, Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg said on Monday. Solberg, co-chair of a United Nations group advocating new development goals for the world for 2030, told Reuters that higher spending on education would also benefit health, economic growth and women's equality.
Education 'essential to vision of a life of dignity for all,' says Ban at Norway summit
[Norwaynews] [09.07.2015, 07:14am, Thu. GMT]
The Oslo Summit on Education for Development is a chance to reaffirm the human right to education, an opportunity to mobilize political commitment, and “our moment” to galvanize international support for education, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today in Norway, where he has been attending a number of high-level events over the past two days.
Stella Days making its cinematic debut in Norway
[Norwaynews] [27.05.2015, 06:40pm, Wed. GMT]
On 29 May at 18:00, the film Stella Days will be making its cinematic debut in Norway. Starring Martin Sheen as a cinema obsessed priest in 1950s rural Ireland who struggles to balance his pastoral duties with his love of cinema, this film is a Norwegian-Irish joint production. Thaddeus O’Sullivan, an award winning Irish director and cinematographer will be joined in a bilingual Q+A session prior to the film by the Norwegian producer, Finn Gjerdrum, and cinematographer, John Christian Rosenlund.
Oslo Conference on Safe Schools
[Norway] [21.05.2015, 08:37pm, Thu. GMT]
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is hosting an international conference in Oslo from 28 to 29 May entitled ‘Protecting Education from Attack’. Foreign Minister Børge Brende will open the conference, and states represented at the conference will be encouraged to endorse a Safe Schools Declaration.
Norway ranks as world's best place to be a mother
[Norwaynews] [10.05.2015, 01:08pm, Sun. GMT]
Norway, like many other European countries, celebrates Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in February. In Norway they call the day morsdag. The first Mothers Day in Norway was celebrated in 1919 and was mostly religious tradition. It has of course quickly evolved and became a family day, a traditional day for families to meet up and for all mums to get flowers and something sweet. Children started observing the tradition also in school and making handmade cards and gifts for their mums.
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