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  • Askøy’s water declared safe to drink

    Residents of the West Coast community of Askøy can finally drink their water again. After 42 days of having to boil it, Askøy&#8217;s water was officially declared safe again on Wednesday. &#8220;There&#8217;s been no sign of bacterial activity anywhere in the distribution network,&#8221; Deputy Mayor Bård Espelid told state broadcaster NRK. &#8220;Therefore we&#8217;ll drop the [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Krekar held in custody, faces extradition

    A Norwegian court has ordered Islamic cleric Mullah Krekar to be held in custody for at least four weeks, pending extradition to Italy. Italian officials confirmed on Wednesday that they now want Norway to extradite Krekar, and Prime Minister Erna Solberg said nothing stands in the way of granting it. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Wednesday that [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Real estate tycoon honeymoons at 95

    Norway’s 95-year-old real estate investor and hotel tycoon Olav Thon has been on an albeit short honeymoon this summer, after marrying his long-time sweetheart and former judge Sissel Berdal Haga (age 78). The couple has proven, according to Oslo Mayor Marianne Borgen, that there’s no age limit on love. “If this isn’t the ultimate happiness, [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Krekar convicted, arrested in Oslo

    Norway&#8217;s most controversial refugee, Mullah Krekar, was under arrest in Oslo on Tuesday after being seized by the Norwegian police intelligence agency PST and held on the request of Italian authorities. His arrest came just after an Italian court sentenced him to 12 years in prison for planning terrorist acts. Drama has swirled for years [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Huge growth predicted for Dovre trains

    The Swedish transport company SJ Norge is predicting as much as 45 percent passenger growth on the main train line between Trondheim and Oslo by 2030. Known as Dovrebanen, it runs over the Dovre Mountains and can attract both business and pleasure travelers with better and more frequent service. That&#8217;s what SJ Norge is promising. [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • ‘Code of Conduct’ for Lofoten tourists

    UPDATED: &#8220;Welcome to Lofoten,&#8221; but follow some rules, read signs and brochures now greeting tourists who flock to the scenic archipelago in Northern Norway during the summer months. Residents and officials have resorted to issuing a &#8220;Code of Conduct&#8221; in several languages after growing weary of tourists&#8217; garbage, illegal camping, invasion of private property and even [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Venezuelan talks continue

    Norway&#8217;s foreign ministry, which has been involved in efforts to resolve the political crisis in Venezuela, issued a brief statement this week that confirms the efforts are continuing. &#8220;Representatives of the main political actors in Venezuela are continuing the negotiations that were initiated in Oslo,&#8221; the ministry stated in a press release on Thursday. It [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Norway hesitates over Iran response

    The Norwegian government is still mulling over a request from the US for a military &#8220;contribution&#8221; towards boosting security in the waters off Iran. It won&#8217;t be easy for Norway to say &#8220;no,&#8221; but skepticism is running high and resistance is likely in Parliament. Norway&#8217;s foreign and defense ministers recently confirmed the initial request from [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Asylum applications drop to new low

    Only 982 asylum seekers arrived in Norway during the first half of this year, the lowest level since 1997. The conservative government coalition&#8217;s strict asylum and immigration policy has made Norway far less hospitable that it was in earlier years. The number of people seeking refuge in Norway declined another 13 percent, according to the [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • New chief takes the helm at Norwegian

    It&#8217;s official: Bjørn Kjos stepped down as chief executive of Norwegian Air on Thursday and handed over all operating responsibility to finance director Geir Karlsen, who immediately took over as acting CEO. Kjos claims he isn&#8217;t retiring, though, from the airline he founded nearly 20 years ago. &#8220;I won&#8217;t become a pensionist,&#8221; Kjos said at [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Long-distance swim turned dramatic

    Organizers of a long-distance swim over the Oslo Fjord were facing criticism this week, after more than half the participants had to be plucked out of the water by search and rescue vessels. &#8220;This was more dramatic than I had hoped,&#8221; one well-trained participant told state broadcaster NRK. Frank Løke was among those swimming over [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Warnings fly over aggressive seagulls

    It&#8217;s that time of year again, when residents and tourists alike enjoy eating and drinking outdoors when the summer weather is good. Suddenly, however, their food can literally be snatched out of their hands or off their plates by hungry and aggressive seagulls. Norwegians call it måketerror (gull terror), and it&#8217;s long prompted kiosks and outdoor [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Carlsen loses on chess financing

    Chess experts think Norwegian champ Magnus Carlsen may have damaged his reputation by allegedly trying to influence voting on a major financing issue for Norway&#8217;s national chess federation. It failed Sunday night, blocking the effort that could have ended the state lottery&#8217;s monoply on betting in the country. Norwegian authorities have allowed the state-sanctioned Norsk Tipping to [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Summer holiday budgets trimmed

    Norwegians aren&#8217;t spending quite as much on their summer holidays this year. A recent survey shows a 6 percent decline on average as compared to last year. The survey, conducted by research firm Respons Analyse for Sparebank1, shows that Norwegians on average planned to spend NOK 16,713 (nearly USD 2,000). That&#8217;s down from NOK 17,866 [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Vintage vessel gets new berth in Bodø

    PHOTO FEATURE: After decades of battling the elements outdoors, Norway&#8217;s  last surviving vessel from a vital part of its maritime history has finally won a new and much more worthy berth in the northern city of Bodø. Visitors can now experience the vessel, known as a jekt, from all angles inside a brand new museum [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Mountain’s rumbling forces new evacuation

    Just days after being allowed to return home, Norwegians living at the foot of the country&#8217;s most unstable mountain Mannen had to pack up and leave again. State authorities ordered a new evacuation after fearing a new landslide. The national agency monitoring the mountain (NVE) raised the danger level back up to rødt (red) on [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Warmer weather on the way

    Freezing Norwegians and tourists on summer holiday in the country can finally look forward to some warmer weather. State meteologists are forecasting lots of sun next week, and higher temperatures. Complaints have continued to pour in, as cold rain has fallen over much of Norway in recent days. Temperatures sank to minus-6C in the mountains [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Ex-minister’s actions ‘cynical, serious’

    The conviction of a former government minister for the Conservative Party, on charges he abused his power to exploit vulnerable asylum seekers, can further further hurt the credibility of Norway&#8217;s elected leaders. It comes after nearly two years of revelations about political misbehaviour at the highest levels. Several Members of Parliament, for example, have admitted [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Retired politician sentenced to jail

    Svein Ludvigsen was one of Norway&#8217;s most powerful politicians. Now a court in his native Troms has sentenced him to five years in prison for abusing his power to obtain sexual favours from young male asylum seekers. The court for Troms County, where Ludvigsen was fylkesmann (county governor) after leaving Parliament and his government post [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Police reveal advanced pedophile ring

    Norwegian police have uncovered yet another network of pedophiles, this one operating with such advanced technology that they went undetected for the past 20 years. Now a gay male Norwegian couple is under arrest and police have seized several million photos and videos of assaults on young boys from around the world. State broadcaster NRK [&#8230;]<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>