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Map of Østfold   Østfold is a county in southeastern Norway, bordering Akershus and southwestern Sweden (Västra Götaland County and Värmland), while Buskerud and Vestfold is on the other side of the bay. The county administration is in Sarpsborg and Fredrikstad is the biggest city. Østfold is located between the Oslo Fjord and Sweden. It is a hilly landscape with a lot of woodland. It's also a typical low-land district; the highest mountain, Slavasshøgda is only 336 metres high. The towns Askim, Fredrikstad, Moss, Mysen, Halden, and Sarpsborg are located here, making Østfold the county of Norway with most towns. The rivers Glomma and Tistedalselva run through the district. Østfold is among the nation's oldest inhabited regions, with petroglyphs (rock drawings) and mounds throughout the area. Many manufacturing communities are situated here. Moss and Fredrikstad have shipyards. Granite mines are situated in Østfold, granite stone from these was used by Gustav Vigeland. The county slogan: "The heartland of Scandinavia". The local dialect is characterized by the geographical proximity to Sweden. The dialect has a low status elsewhere in the coutry. Many people reckon it sounds rather stupid, and feels that it gives signals of being a dialect spoken by simple, low range people [1]. This is why increasingly more people are turning away from the original dialect to a more neutal form [2]. The symbol of Østfold represents nature and the concept of the life-giving sun. The middle ray of light represents warmth, and the two beams on either side symbolize light.
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.
Population reached 4.9 million in 3rd quarter
[Norwaynews] [19.11.2010, 08:47am, Fri. GMT]
The population of Norway is now 4,908,100. Population growth this quarter was higher than ever before due to immigration. After a decrease in the population growth over the last three quarters, the population grew by a total of 20 200 or 0.41 per cent in the 3rd quarter. The population growth in this quarter was higher than it has been in any previous quarters.
Golf star back on home turf
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2007, 12:32am, Fri. GMT]
Suzann Pettersen, Norway's best golfer on the pro circuit, was back home this week to play on Norwegian soil for the first time in a year.
Pettersen needed to fight off a bit of jet lag, after playing in Sweden two weeks ago, heading straight for Edmonton in western Canada and then back to Oslo. "I'm trying to get back into a normal daily rhythm," she told Aftenposten's web site Golf.no. "I've had two days with normal sleep, no problem."
Moose cut communications
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2007, 12:08am, Fri. GMT]
Thousands of people in northern Norway were left without telephone and internet connections earlier this week after a clumsy moose destroyed a switching station. A month before moose-hunting season kicks in, one of the so-called "kings of the forest" launched a coincidental pre-emptive attack, hitting man where it hurts the most and disrupting his tools of communication.
The moose apparently ravaged the outdoor box containing key switching equipment on Tuesday, cutting telecommunications service to thousands of people in the district of Sør-Helgeland. The accident cut telephone and broadband connections over a wide area, reported Norwegian Broadcasing (NRK).
Noble knocked as Chevron cancels rig contract
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:13pm, Thu. GMT]
Shares of offshore driller Noble fell more than 4% today after the company said US supermajor Chevron put an early end to a contract for a rig in Nigeria.  In its fleet status report filed with regulators today, Noble said Chevron had ended its contract for the jack-up rig Noble Roy Butler about four months early.  "It had nothing to with rig performance or safety," John Breed, a spokesman for Noble, told Reuters. "It allows us to market the rig four months earlier with the goal of achieving a higher dayrate in a high rig demand period worldwide."
May 17: Norwegian Constitution Day Celebration and Parade.
[Norwaynews] [17.05.2009, 09:05am, Sun. GMT]
Every year on 17 May celebrations vary from place to place, but usually follow a traditional pattern that makes this the highlight of the year for most Norwegian children.  A must in the celebrations are the children processions, made up of school classes marching with the school band through the local community.  Most of the children carry small Norwegian flags and the route is lined with enthusiastic onlookers.  Dressed in their best,the children then engage in games and activities,and for many this is the one day of the year when the supply of ice cream and hot dogs is endless.
Construction project plagues Opera Software workers
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2007, 12:09am, Fri. GMT]
Ear protectors have become the latest accessory for employees at Opera Software in Oslo, but they're not eliminating headaches and nausea caused by noise from a neighbouring building site. Measuring 101 decibels, the noise in the office is equivalent to that at a nightclub.  Employees at software company Opera Software in Oslo have complained of headaches and nausea in recent weeks. Construction work from the neighbouring building site, where the new condominiums known as Waldermars Hage are slowly taking shape, is making the noise level in the office unbearable for the workers, and it's now taking a toll on their health.
Ear protectors have become necessary at Opera Software's office in Waldemar Thranes Gate, but they can only do so much. Anne Christiansen Stavnes, human resources boss at Opera Software, said the noise is making employees ill and becoming a major financial strain on the company.
Pressure grows on Norway's psychic princess
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:36pm, Thu. GMT]
Calls were spreading on Monday for Princess Martha Louise to give up her royal title, to eliminate what's considered an inappropriate mix of her privileged position with her new controversial psychic venture. Even relatively conservative newspapers are criticizing the princess for "earning money on her princess title," as Bergens Tidende wrote in an editorial in Monday's editions. The newspaper, Norway's largest outside the Oslo area, also noted that "as a princess and theoretically an heir to the throne," Martha Louise "needs to relate to the rest of us others within a certain framework." The editorial questioned whether the princess' new business, in which she claims she will teach customers how to contact angels, is in line with the "rational" leanings of most Norwegians.
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