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Map of Troms.   Troms (help·info) or Romsa is a county in North Norway, bordering Finnmark to the northeast and Nordland in the southwest. To the south is Norrbotten Län in Sweden and further southeast is a shorter border with Lapland Province in Finland. To the west is the Norwegian Sea (Atlantic ocean). The entire county is located north of the Arctic circle. Until 1919 the county was formerly known as Tromsø amt. On 1 July 2006, the Northern Sami name for the county, Romsa, was granted official status along with Troms.
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.
Remarks With Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere
[Norway] [03.06.2012, 03:17pm, Sun. GMT]
share with you just a few impressions from this day. Secretary Clinton, you are a fabulous guest because you showed a really keen interest in what you are presented, and that makes us Norwegians proud and very inspired. It’s important for us that our key and leading ally has an updated picture of modern Norway, and that is why we highly appreciate Madam Secretary has included Tromso, which I nominated the Arctic capital, and (inaudible) capital also.
Incident: Norwegian Air Shuttle B733 at London on Aug 8th 2009, bird strike
[Norwaynews] [10.08.2009, 05:27pm, Mon. GMT]
A Norwegian Air Shuttle Boeing 737-300, registration LN-KHA performing flight DY-1323 from London Gatwick,EN (UK) to Tromso (Norway), was on initial climb about 20 seconds after liftoff, when the airplane flew through a number of birds. One stork hit the left hand wing, parts of the stork were ingested into the left hand engine resulting in a smell of burnt feathers in the cabin. The crew decided to return to Gatwick as a precaution though engine indications remained normal. The airplane landed safely.
Daughter charged with murdering mother
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2007, 12:29am, Fri. GMT]
Police are appealing for witnesses after a 35-year-old woman was charged with murdering her mother in her flat in downtown Oslo Tuesday.  Police were met with a bloody sight when they entered the flat of the murdered 56-year-old woman in downtown Oslo Tuesday afternoon.  A 35-year-old woman, arrested after she cut herself with a knife and threatened to jump from the roof of the building in which her murdered mother lived, was last night admitted to the psychiatric ward at Ullevål hospital.
Norway claims salmon victory
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2007, 12:00am, Fri. GMT]
Norway's government claimed Friday that it had won the support of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in its battle with the European Union over salmon exports. The EU has a different interpretation, and it remained unclear whether the EU would back down on its minimum price for Norwegian salmon. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Friday that it had obtained a copy of a WTO report that concludes that the EU's anti-dumping tactics violate its trade regulations. Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre later confirmed the Norwegian trade victory, saying Norway had won the WTO's nod on the main points of its complaint against the EU.
New flooding forces more evacuations
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:35pm, Thu. GMT]
Rain that pounded much of southern Norway over the weekend caused new flooding that forced more people out of their homes on Monday. The relentless rains hit southern Oppland County especially hard, and residents in and around the town of Dokka suffered.
Several homes have been destroyed or severely damaged, and cars swept away, not least after a dam broke at the lake known as Store Kaldingen. That sent torrents of water rushing down the Nordraak River (Nordraakselva), which in turn unleashed rocks and earth along the way.
Tycoon starts serving his time
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:17pm, Thu. GMT]
Kjell Inge Røkke, one of Norway's most successful businessmen and industrialists, is now spending his days in a jail in Vestfold, south of Oslo. Røkke, convicted of bribery in bypassing standard procedure to obtain a boating license, was sentenced two years ago to 120 days in prison. He appealed but dropped it when an appeals court only agreed to hear parts of his case.  Røkke, age 48, will only spend 30 days in actual custody, however, since 90 days of his jail term were suspended. He was called in to start his sentence from Friday August 31,
Joint declaration on the right to conversion
[Norwaynews] [26.08.2007, 07:58pm, Sun. GMT]
The Islamic Council of Norway and the Church of Norway Council on Ecumenical and International Relations have presented a joint declaration on the freedom of religion and the right to conversion.  The decleration states that everyone is free to adopt the religious faith of their choice. - We denounce, and are committed to counteracting all violence, discrimination and harassment inflicted in reaction to a person’s conversion, or desire to convert, from one religion to another, be it in Norway or abroad, the declaration says. - Freedom of religion is a fundamental principle which must be reflected in attitudes toward people of another faith. The right to change one’s religious faith is central to freedom of religion, says Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary for the Church of Norway Council on Ecumenical and International Relations. - By issuing this declaration we hope to contribute to the international process on this important matter, he says.
Tromsø wants Arctic oil base
[Norwaynews] [13.10.2011, 03:37pm, Thu. GMT]
The city of Tromsø wants to build a permanent base for oil and gas operations in the Arctic. Local authorities in the city, the biggest in Norway north of the Polar Circle, are keen to proceed with plans for a permanent base. –With the increasing level of activities in the High North, there is a major need for such a base, Assistant Port Director Randi Thørring says to newspaper Nordlys.
Can a law maker be a law breaker in Norway?
[Norwaynews] [23.01.2009, 03:36pm, Fri. GMT]
One person was killed and another injured in a shooting outside a school in the city of Tromso, northern Norway, police said Friday.  The incident involving two adults took place in a parking lot near the Slettaelva school, police told broadcaster NRK.  Broadcaster TV2 reported that a woman had been killed while a man had been taken to hospital with serious injuries.  The school principal said the pupils were unharmed and were to be briefed about the incident when more details had emerged.
Mayor caught in tax probe
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2007, 12:02am, Fri. GMT]
slo Mayor Per Ditlev-Simonsen, patriarch of a shipowning family, won't comment on reports that his family has bank accounts in Switzerland that haven't been disclosed to tax authorities. The allegations come just weeks before municipal elections next month.
Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv reported Friday that the alleged Swiss bank accounts are mentioned in court papers filed in connection with an acrimonious divorce case between the mayor's daughter, Norsk Hydro communications director Cecilie Ditlev-Simonsen, and his former son-in-law, Endre Rangnes, who's managing director of EDB Business Partners. The marriage lasted just over two years, from 2002 to 2004.
Building industry booming
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:42pm, Thu. GMT]
Norway's oil-driven economy has fed a building boom the past few years. Now researchers have determined that the country's construction-related industry is twice as big as earlier estimated.  The researchers at the business school BI have charted the activities of Norway's building, development and real estate businesses. They set total annual revenues of all three at a minimum NOK 500 billion (about USD 917 million).
Rosenborg makes its way into the Champions League
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:19pm, Thu. GMT]
Fans of Rosenborg soccer club (RBK) of Trondheim were euphoric after their team qualified for Champions League play Wednesday night on home turf. Millions of kroner and matches against some of the world's top clubs like Chelsea and Barcelona await Rosenborg after they beat Tampere of Finland 2-0 in Trondheim. The match was part of the last qualification round for Champions League action, and the Rosenborg players raised their combined score against Tampere to 5-0. They'd already beaten Tampere 3-0 at an earlier match in Finland. Rosenborg remains at the bottom of the heap of 32 clubs playing in this year's Champions League. A draw set for Thursday night in Monaco would determine which top team will travel to Trondheim to play Rosenborg.
Police want to crack down on juvenile crime
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:08pm, Thu. GMT]
Faced with hundreds of repeat offenders below the age of 18, police in Norway are seeking more leeway in being able to keep these criminal kids off the streets.  Norway's liberal justice system and relatively lenient incarceration practices have left most young criminals without the control that police think they need. They can cite case after case where juvenile offenders carry out serious crimes, only to be placed in child welfare homes, from which they quickly run away.
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