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Map of Rogaland   Rogaland is mainly a coastal region with fjords, beaches and islands, the principal island being Karmøy. Boknafjorden is the largest bay, with many fjords branching off from it. The third largest urban area of Norway is located in Rogaland. Stavanger, along with Sandnes, Randaberg and Sola, is ranked above Trondheim when it comes to population. Cities/towns: Stavanger, Sandnes, Haugesund, Egersund, Sauda, Bryne and Kopervik. Karmøy has large deposits of copper (some of which was used in the construction of the Statue of Liberty). Rogaland is the most important region for oil and gas exploration in Norway, and is one of the country's most important agricultural districts.
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.
Captain missing after freighter sinks off western Norway
[Norwaynews] [08.10.2011, 10:42am, Sat. GMT]
A search operation was ongoing Saturday for the missing captain of a freighter that sank overnight off western Norway, rescue services said. The 48-metre Finnoy Glimt reported problems late Friday and sank 'very quickly,' Johan Mannsaker of the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Stavanger told dpa.
Princess' pupils start school
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:56pm, Thu. GMT]
Thursday was the first day of school for those who have paid NOK 12,000 in the hopes Princess Martha Louise can help teach them to contact angels. The princess' so-called "angel school," meanwhile, has now been charged with snitching its name from another small business  Lillian Festvåg, a physiotherapist and researcher in the state health system, now feels pressured to change the name of her own business, because the name the princess and her partner chose for theirs is so similar, "and I neither can nor want to be associated with angels and princesses." Festvåg started her own small business nearly five years ago to handle her public speaking engagements. She registered her business as Astarte Lillian Festvåg with state authorities.
Housing sales slow down
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:04pm, Thu. GMT]
Signs are emerging that Norway's hot housing industry is beginning to cool off. Sales of new homes, mostly condominiums, fell nearly 17 percent during the second quarter and resales are down as well.  New home sales plunged 16.7 percent last spring, compared to the same period in 2006, according to figures from homebuilding association Boligprodusentenes Forening. Real estate brokers are also reporting a marked decline in housing resales, and that "the temperature is falling" in the housing market.
Voters abandon Conservatives
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2007, 12:25am, Fri. GMT]
The Conservative Party drops almost four percentage points in the latest poll, after the tax evasion scandal involving Conservative Oslo Mayor Per Ditlev-Simonsen.  It appears that the tax scandal involving Oslo Mayor Per Ditlev-Simonsen, who this week admitted to having a Swiss bank account that was not reported to Norwegian tax authorities, has turned voters against the Conservative Party (Høyre).
While the Conservative Party enjoyed the support of 18,4 percent of the electorate in early August, a new poll published Wednesday by newspaper Dagbladet showed that the party currently only has the support of 14,6 percent of voters.
Tens of thousands risk ID theft
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:30pm, Thu. GMT]
Up to 60,000 Norwegians have had their personal ID number stolen through the web site of a telecom company, and now risk ID theft, according to Norway's data inspectorate.  Through the home page of telecom company Tele2, someone has stolen the personal ID numbers of between 50,000 and 60,000 Norwegians, according to data inspectorate Datatilsynet.  The personal ID number is an 11 digit number that Norwegians are advised to keep secret.
Norwegian Pakistanis celebrated Pakistan’s independence day, Embassy and other organisations hold functions. A Pakistani Film was also presented at Oslo's Cinema
[Norwaynews] [26.08.2007, 08:04pm, Sun. GMT]

As Norwegian Pakistanis are enjoying to celebrate national days of both countries, Norway and Pakistan on the respective dates, 14th August (Tuesday) was observed as Pakistan’s indepencde day by the the community. Celebrations started on August 12, 2007 with the function of Pakistan Union Norway. Norwegian Foreign and Finance Ministers were present on the occasion. Beside them, some distinguished guests from Pakistan also attended the gathering. Pakistan Embassy in Oslo also celebrated the day as a graceful function was held with participation of a number of Norwegian Pakistanis.

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