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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.
Norwegian Army receives CV90s from BAE Systems
[Norwaynews] [03.09.2015, 05:41am, Thu. GMT]
The first batch of new and upgraded CV90 armored combat vehicles has been delivered to the Norwegian Army by BAE Systems. The batch consisted of 12 vehicles ordered under a 2012 contract between the Swedish subsidiary of BAE Systems Hägglunds and Norway's Defense Logistics Organization. Under that contract, a total of 144 vehicles are to be delivered -- 41 new CV90s and the modernized CV90s of the Norwegian Army fleet.
 
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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”.
 
$1.9bn lawsuit against Norway gov't
[Norwaynews] [28.04.2015, 08:50pm, Tue. GMT]
An Oslo court started to hear a $1.9 billion lawsuit by a group of international investors against Norway on Monday, in a case that challenges the country's reputation as a predictable place to do business with little political risk.
 
World Yoga Day will be in Oslo
[Norwaynews] [26.04.2015, 11:23am, Sun. GMT]
It was a landslide victory for India at the UN General Assembly when the United Nations declared June 21st as International Yoga Day (or World Yoga Day). This came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had urged the world community to celebrate yoga at the international level, in his maiden speech at the UNGA in September 2014.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Oslo to host global summit on education for development
[Norway] [28.04.2015, 08:21pm, Tue. GMT]
Norway is hosting a global summit on education for development on 6–7 July. The aim of the summit is to boost global efforts in the field of education, with a view to reaching the UN’s new set of development goals. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expected to attend the summit. Among those invited are heads of government and ministers from 40 countries, heads of international organisations and respected international advocates for the right to education.
 
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.
 
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