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Map of Telemark   The county is located in southeastern Norway, extending from Hardangervidda to the Skagerrak coast. The coastline extends from Langesundsfjorden to Gjernestangen at the border to Aust-Agder. Telemark has a very broken and heterogeneous landscape, including many hills and valleys. The largest population centres are Skien, Porsgrunn, Notodden, Rjukan and Kragerø. Other important places are Stathelle, Ulefoss, Brevik, Langesund, Bø, Fyresdal and Vinje.
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.
Feature: Norwegian town Rjukan sees end to no winter sunlight after 100 years
[Norwaynews] [19.07.2013, 05:01pm, Fri. GMT]
Looking up from the central square in Rjukan, a little Norwegian town sitting in a narrow valley in the Telemark County, one can be puzzled by some shining spots among green forest trees on the mountainside. They are three huge mirrors designed and built to reflect sunlight down and light up the square in autumn and winter. From late September this year, the 3,500 residents of Rjukan will be able for the first time in the town's short history of 106 years to have sunlight at the square during daytime when the weather conditions are good.
The Sami People's Day celebrated
[Norwaynews] [06.02.2012, 05:33pm, Mon. GMT]
Today, Monday February 6th is celebrated as the indigenous Sami People's Day in Norway and other Scandinavian countries. The day is official flag day in Norway, and the Sami flag is flown on all official buildings. The Nordic Sami Council decided in 1992 to celebrate a joint Sami National Day, and the day was first celebrated on February 6th 1993.
Security police intervene against fundamentalists.
[Norwaynews] [17.05.2009, 06:58pm, Sun. GMT]
The security branch of the Norwegian police (PST) say they have uncovered plans for terrorist attacks against targets in Norway, and that they have intervened against 25 Muslim fundamentalists that they believe planned terrorist acts against Norway and other nations.  I can truly say that we have on several occasions sent persons out of the country who were about to do things that could have turned out to be very serious, says PST chief Joern Holme to NRK.  He says that they have also interviewed several perons who have been stopped and warned by the PST.
Local health authority worries as patients pop more pills
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2007, 12:28am, Fri. GMT]
Doctors in the county of Østfold may have been too keen to prescribe pills, health authorities indicate. As many as 15 doctors from that part of the country have been investigated for indefensible pill prescription in less than a year.  There are only approximately 200 GPs in the county of Østfold in the south eastern part of Norway. Still, as many as 15 GPs from the county have been investigated for indefensible pill prescription during the past year, causing the health authorities to ask questions. Local health authorities now ask patients for help in assessing the situation, reports newspaper VG.
Damage mounts as fears rise of more flooding
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:43pm, Thu. GMT]
Damage claims from weekend flooding in southern Oppland County were expected to amount to tens of millions of kroner. Evacuation orders remained in place Tuesday morning, and more rain was on the way. It was unclear when around 30 residents of the county's Søndre and Nordre Land districts would be allowed to return to their homes. Geologists were testing whether saturated grounds were stable enough to ensure residents' safety, while some access roads were washed out. The residents forced from their homes Sunday and Monday had hoped to return Monday evening. "During the day on Tuesday, we'll come with a new evaluation of the situation for the 27 still evacuated," said Tom Midthaug of the Vestoppland Police District.
Employees don't support new chairman of StatoilHydro
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:07pm, Thu. GMT]
The current CEO of industrial firm Norsk Hydro, Eivind Reiten, was elected Thursday to be the new chairman of the soon-to-be-merged StatoilHydro. Statoil's employees, however, voted against him.  That doesn’t bode well for Reiten, who long had expected to become StatoilHydro's first chairman and would have preferred broad support. StatoilHydro is in the process of being formed through Statoil's acquisition of Hydro's oil and gas operations. The current Statoil CEO, Helge Lund, will have the same top post at the new firm.
Dutch immigrants invited to Norway
[Norwaynews] [23.03.2013, 06:01am, Sat. GMT]
The number of people from the Netherlands who have moved to the county of Telemark has tripled in 10 years, after a recruitment company was hired to bring in Dutch workers. Within the last four years, 21 Dutch families have arrived in Telemark. The Jackson family is the last one to arrive, and is the result of a purposeful project started by the local municipalities.
Drunk hits Norway highway in wheelchair
[Norwaynews] [05.09.2011, 03:52pm, Mon. GMT]
AN 84-year-old man, visibly under the influence of alcohol, has been arrested in Norway after driving the wrong way down a highway in his electric wheelchair. The man took to the road on Saturday evening near his home in the southern Norwegian town of Porsgrunn, police said. He passed through a 184-metre tunnel then turned around and took the same tunnel again before being stopped by two motorists.
Terrorist leader to challenge Norway in European Court.
[Norwaynews] [05.08.2008, 11:53am, Tue. GMT]
A known as a terrorist leader is to challenge in the European Court of Human Rights a decision by Norwegian authorities to revoke his refugee status over his association with a terrorist linked group, reports said Tuesday.  In November 2007, Norway's Supreme Court ordered Mullah Krekar's deportation to Iraq for national security reasons after he was found to have links with the Islamic Ansar al-Islam organization, the reports said. Krekar was Tuesday quoted in Oslo daily Verdens Gang as saying he wants the Strasbourg-based court to assess if he had been subjected to inhumane treatment or not.  He said felt he was in 'internal exile' and has been denied the opportunity to work, study or be part of society.  'I have no rights, no work permit and no right to medical help,' he said.
New flood warnings posted
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:59pm, Thu. GMT]
Heavy rains and melting glaciers prompted officials to post new flood warnings in western Norway on Thursday.
The counties of Sogn og Fjordane and Hordaland were bracing for new flooding, as rivers fed by the glaciers threatened to overrun their banks. Flooding already was occurring around the Nigards Glacier on the eastern side of the Jostedal Glacier, and at the Bøya Glacier.
One out of five Norwegian criminals fail to show up to serve their sentence
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:34pm, Thu. GMT]
20 percent of convicted criminals do not show up for their prison terms, according to the Norwegian Correctional Services. Prison authorities can do little but hope that the criminals will eventually come knocking on the prison door.  It almost sounds like something out of a film, but for the Norwegian Correctional Services (Kriminalomsorgen), the problem is real. 20 percent of convicted criminals simply fail to show up to serve their prison term, according to figures for 2007.  Criminals sentenced to long prison terms are particularly prone to bunking off. Almost every fourth person sentenced to six months or more in prison failed to meet in 2006. The situation is only becoming graver, with a total a 1799 people failing to show up during the whole of last year, compared to as many as 1068 people so far this year.
"It’s difficult to make plans for the prison terms when we have no idea who will show up and who won't," said Ellinor Houm, director of the Norwegian Correctional Services, section for eastern Norway.
German Airlines, Lufthansa may start flights on Norway-Pakistan route
[Norwaynews] [26.08.2007, 07:59pm, Sun. GMT]
German Airlines, Lufthansa may start its flights on Norway-Pakistan route October 28, 2007. The reliable sources told “The Asians” here, the airlines intend to operate three flights a week and route would be Oslo-Frankfort-Karachi-Lahore. Some other airlines already operating on the route and those are including Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and Ittehad Airways. Norwegian Pakistanis are most regular passengers of the route and majority of them are not satisfied with services of the PIA on the route. PIA is only short cut flight from Norway to Pakistan via Denmark while other airlines operate the very long route through different countries. Because of shortest route of PIA, Norwegian Pakistani passengers, any how has no other best choice except PIA. Despite of difficulties, they prefer to fly with PIA which operates two flights in a week from Oslo to Lahore and Oslo to Islamabad. New route of Norway-Pakistan would be a challenge for Lufthansa and the airline may face severe competition. For the successfulness of the flight, the Lufthansa should announce cheapest fares on the route.
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