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Map of Vestfold   Vestfold is a county in Norway, bordering Buskerud and Telemark. The county administration is in Tønsberg. Vestfold is located west of the Oslo Fjord, as the name indicates. It includes many smaller, but well-known towns in Norway, such as Larvik, Sandefjord, Tønsberg and Horten. The river Numedalslågen runs through the district. Many islands are located at the coast. Vestfold is mostly dominated by lowland and is among the best agricultural areas of Norway. Winters lasts about three months, while pleasant summer temperatures lasts from May to September, with a July average of 17°C (Tønsberg climate). Vestfold is known for shipping and sailing. Formerly a headquarters for whaling fleets, the coastal towns of Vestfold now engage in fishing and shipbuilding. Some lumbering is carried on in the interior. The district also includes some of the best farmland in Norway. Vestfold is the only county in which all municipalities have declared Bokmål to be their official written form of the Norwegian language.
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.
Carew boosted to hero status
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2007, 12:31am, Fri. GMT]
His teammates, his coach, Norwegian fans and even Argentinian rival Lionel Messi -- one of the best soccer players in the world -- were hailing John Carew after Norway's surprise victory over Argentina Wednesday evening.  The Norwegian national soccer squad beat Argentina's 2-1 in a so-called "friendly" match at Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo. Not many had expected that Norway, not exactly known as an international soccer powerhouse, would be any match for Argentina. Instead the Norwegians did lots of things right and Carew was the big hero. Commentators said afterwards that he "owned" Ullevaal Stadium, which was packed with 24,000 fans for the occasion.
Queen lends some support
[Norwaynews] [30.08.2007, 11:37pm, Thu. GMT]
As controversy has raged over Princess Martha Louise's angel school, her parents have been curiously quiet. King Harald has been off sailing in his tradtional summer regattas, but Queen Sonja finally commented on the issue Sunday. The queen emerged from summer holidays over the weekend to accept honorary membership in one of Norway's most venerable organizations, the mountain trekking association DNT. Reporters seized the opportunity to pose a few questions. Queen Sonja, when confronted, offered her daughter some support but made one thing perfectly clear: "This is her own business venture," the queen told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). "It's her responsibility." Many Norwegians have been wondering what King Harald and Queen Sonja really think about their daughter's use of her royal title to promote a new commercial training venture that aims to help customers "get in contact with their angels." The venture, widely dubbed an "angel school," also will offer courses in healing and other alternative therapy.
UDI has had 75 concrete enquiries concerning violent episodes including forced marriages this year.
[Norwaynews] [26.08.2007, 08:08pm, Sun. GMT]
So far this year, the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) has had 75 concrete enquiries concerning honour related violent episodes, including forced marriages, a report said.A report of the directorate appeared on its website said, every year a number of young people with immigrant backgrounds are forced into marriages when they are on holidays or visiting relatives abroad. The UDI’s team specialized in combating forced marriages works in helping young people who can be in danger of being given away in marriages against their will. 
Fire forced evacuations in Kongsvinger
[Norwaynews] [31.08.2007, 12:04am, Fri. GMT]
Fire broke out in two wooden buildings in downtown Kongsvinger early Friday morning. No one was injured, but damage to the buildings was enormous and train service through the area was disrupted.  The fire forced the evacuation of 15 people from surrounding buildings, but no one was injured, according to police. Police said they'd been unable to contact one of the residents in one of the nearby buildings, but believed the person had not been present when the fire broke out.
DNV to map out Barents Sea change.
[Norwaynews] [27.08.2007, 04:52pm, Mon. GMT]
Det Norske Veritas (DNV) is set to head up a Nkr27 million ($4.6 million) three-year project which aims to harmonise industry standards for health, safety and the environment in the Barents Sea play. DNV will be in charge of work to harminise a set of industry standards to apply on both sides of the Russian-Norwegian border covering health, safety and environmental protection.  The work will also provide a basis for closer partnership between the Norwegian and Russian authorities on legislation and regulations applicable to the Barents Sea. 
GBLO based in Norway accused Pakistan for brutal acts in Balochistan.
[Norwaynews] [26.08.2007, 07:56pm, Sun. GMT]
Greater Balochistan Libration Organisation (GBLO) has accused the government of Pakistan for continued brutal acts in Balochitan. Addressing the press conference here, Ahsan Arjemandi Baloch, the Secretary General of Organisation on the occasion of first anniversary of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti said, Nowab Bugti was killed by Pakistani forces on August 26, 2006. He said, Musharraf can not stop the Baloch’s movement by killing of Baloch nationalists. Musharraf and his regime thought that by killing Shaeed Bugti they will stop baloch upraise. This is their mistake and they calculated all wrong. The movement uprised after Shaeed Bugti`s martyrdom as many baloch youth and old joined the liberation forces. “Today Balochs are fighting for their freedom. Today is not 1970`s. The entire world knows what is going on in Balochistan. After 365 days of Shaeed Bugti’s martyrdom Balochs are more powerful and they are chasing the enemy more then ever. Today Baloch forces are attacking occupying forces in their own bases. Further statement of GBLO is as under:
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