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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.
Norway commits military officers in fight against IS
[Norwaynews] [26.09.2014, 05:42pm, Fri. GMT]
The Norwegian government Friday committed five military officers in the US-led fight against the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Iraq, a media report said. The five officers of the Norwegian military will be made available “for relevant headquarters planning and leading the international effort against ISIS (now called IS) and in Iraq” for no more than 12 months, The Local online newspaper quoted the department of defence as saying in a statement.
 
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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.
 
Why world's most generous welfare system is under threat
[Norwaynews] [13.05.2014, 04:59pm, Tue. GMT]
Norway's energy boom is tailing off years ahead of expectations, exposing an economy unprepared for life after oil and threatening the long-term viability of the world's most generous welfare model. High spending within the sector has pushed up wages and other costs to unsustainable levels, not just for the oil and gas industry but for all sectors, and that is now acting as a drag on further energy investment. Norwegian firms outside oil have struggled to pick up the slack in what has been, for at least a decade, almost a single-track economy.
 
Conservation Groups Mark World Penguin Day by calling on Norway to Protect the Southern Ocean
[Norwaynews] [25.04.2014, 01:23pm, Fri. GMT]
To mark World Penguin Day (25.04.14), the partners of the Antarctic Ocean Alliance, including the Pew Charitable Trusts, ASOC, WWF and Greenpeace, call on CCAMLR states, including Norway, to create the world’s two largest marine protected areas (MPAs) to date. Norway is a member of the body that regulates Antarctic waters, the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), set to meet in October 2014. “New political momentum is needed for marine protection in the Southern Ocean; Norway can play a leading role in assuring permanent protection of one of the most pristine environments left on earth,” said Truls Gulowsen, Program Manager at Greenpeace Norway.
 
Qatar Airlines condemned for job advert in Norway
[Norwaynews] [05.02.2014, 06:59pm, Wed. GMT]
Norway's anti-discrimination ombudsman attacked Qatar Airways Tuesday after the carrier told women to attend a recruitment day in Oslo wearing short skirts. Men, however, were asked to wear 'business suits', with the airline drawing sharp criticism for being sexist. 'We believe that it is contrary to law that there should be different clothing requirements for men and women,' Carl Fredrik Riise, an adviser for Norway's anti-discrimination ombudsman, told Norway's DN newspaper. 'It discriminates between applicants on the basis of gender.'
 
Nobel Peace laureate urges holdouts to join chemical weapons pact
[Norwaynews] [10.12.2013, 05:21pm, Tue. GMT]
The head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo today, appealed to the remaining six countries outside the Chemical Weapons Convention to join the organization's quest to rid the world of chemical weapons. OPCW director general Ahmet Üzümcü said that there was no longer any “reasonable defense” for Angola, Egypt, Israel, Myanmar, North Korea, and South Sudan not to ratify the convention after the recent international reaction to the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
 
Norway Post “well equipped” to handle loss of letters monopoly
[Norwaynews] [05.11.2013, 08:42pm, Tue. GMT]
Norway Post has seen its profits weaker than expected so far this year, thanks to strong competition in the Nordic logistics market and the continuing decline in mail volumes. Nevertheless, the company said last week that it was well positioned to cope if the Norwegian government chooses to abolish the last remaining monopoly protections in the domestic mail market, letters under 50g in weight.
 
Chief of Oslo Police Warn against Illegal Labor Market
[Norwaynews] [23.09.2013, 05:03pm, Mon. GMT]
Police chief Hans Sverre Sjøvold thinks crime in the labor market has reached a serious level in Norway. Cheap labor is the foundation of a growing underground economy. Talking to Aftenposten, Oslo police chief Hans Petter Sjøvold warns and believes that Norway needs completely new and unconventional measures to solve the problem of a parallel illegal labor. He stressed that this illegal structure is about criminal networks who cheats community for enormous values. It is a completely new situation. We need a new strategy to work in this area better. Several ministers should come together to create such a strategy, says Sjøvold.
 
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.
 
Norway Celebrates 200th Anniversary of Constitution
[Norwaynews] [15.05.2014, 09:47am, Thu. GMT]
February 16th marks the official start of the 200th anniversary of Norway's constitution and its independence from Denmark. At the beginning of 1814 Norway was still under Danish rule. At the end of the year, Norway was in a union with Sweden. In the meantime, however, the Norwegian people and a poor, small country grasped the opportunity that arose when the major national powers were settling things after the Napoleon Wars. The Norwegians declared themselves free and independent, and passed one of the most liberal constitutions at the time.
 
Norway to revise its constitution
[Norwaynews] [06.05.2014, 09:56am, Tue. GMT]
The Norwegian Constitution will be issued in a revised version in modern Bokmål, and for the  first time there will also be a version in Nynorsk, Norway's second official written standard. Professor Emeritus Finn Erik Vinje has drafted the text for the Norwegian Constitution in modern Norwegian. Both the Conservative Party, the Progress Party and the Labour Party all support the draft, which means that two thirds of Parliament already support the new version when the issue is put to vote today.
 
Norway's Planned Memorial To Utoya Mass Shooting Is Powerful
[Norway] [07.03.2014, 06:03am, Fri. GMT]
Norway has unveiled the designs for a memorial to remember the victims of a 2011 bombing and mass shooting that killed 77 people in Oslo and Utoya, a small island outside of the capital. It's nothing short of powerful. Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg presented a proposal to cut a small gap through the island, a "memory wound", he described in his artist statement.
 
Norway may expect heavy immigration from Southern Europe
[Norwaynews] [20.12.2013, 10:54am, Fri. GMT]
Over the past five years there has been an ongoing financial crisis in Southern Europe. Still, the effect in terms of immigration to Norway has not really been seen until now. Norway has experienced a large increase in the number of Southern European immigrants the past year, and statistics suggest that there is more to come. In Spain and Greece the unemployment rate is now at 26-27 percent. For youth, the numbers are twice as high. Already, this should have resulted in an increase similar to the high rate of Eastern European and Swedish work immigrants, but the effect cannot really be seen until now.
 
Chemical weapons watchdog receives Nobel Peace Prize
[Norwaynews] [10.12.2013, 01:37pm, Tue. GMT]
The head of a watchdog group that is trying to rid the world of chemical weapons has received the Nobel Peace Prize at a ceremony in the Norwegian capital. Ahmet Uzumcu, director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, collected the award Tuesday on behalf of the group. Noting the organization's role in leading the mission to destroy Syria's chemical weapons, Nobel committee chairman Thorbjorn Jagland said the "anonymous inspectors from the OPCW do an extremely important and difficult job."
 
Norway urges date nights to avoid divorce
[Norwaynews] [30.10.2013, 10:41am, Wed. GMT]
The government in Oslo has issued a plea to Norway's married citizens: go on more date nights. The move comes amid rising divorce rates, which currently sit at 40 per cent, with those aged 40 to 44 most likely to split from their partners. The situation has become so dire that the authorities are stepping in, urging the nation's couples to work at their relationships and carve out more couple time, the Guardian reports.
 
Parliamentary election in Norway
[Norwaynews] [09.09.2013, 06:35am, Mon. GMT]
Today, Monday September 9th is Election Day in Norway, and voters will elect representatives to Parliament (Stortinget) and the Sami Assembly (Sametinget). Polling stations open at 09:00. You must have the right to vote and be registered as elector to be able to vote. All electors are sent a polling card by post. On the polling card you will find information about polling hours and which polling station you must use on Election Day. You do not need to take your polling card with you in order to vote, but you will be able to vote more quickly if you take your polling card with you.
 
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