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Sunday opening laws could get overhaul in Norway
Rema 1000 stores have been trying to get round the law on Sunday opening. Photo: NTB Scanpix

Norway's strict Sunday trading rules could get an overhaul, after supermarket bosses met with the government on Friday.

Catholic Church told to pay up over fake members
Bishop of Oslo Bernt Eidsvig

The Church in Oslo is accused of claiming people as members without their knowledge.

Brexit would leave expats in 'ghastly' legal limbo for years
Photo: Paul Lloyd/FLickr

The rights of two million Britons living in the EU would be thrown into doubt for years after Brexit, a new report will conclude.

Norway helicopter crash due to technical failure
A woman lays flowers near the crash site on Turøy. Photo: Vidar Ruud / NTB scanpix

No human error in the crash that claimed 13 lives.

Philippine militants threaten hostages in video warning
Kjartan Sekkingstad at the wheel of a yacht in the marina. Photo: Holiday Oceanview Marina

Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad forced to plea for his life in new video.

Norway's Solheim to head UN environment agency
Erik Solheim will lead the UN Environment Programme. Photo: NTB Scanpix

Former environment minister Erik Solheim to take over top UN post.

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Norway's Eurovision hope struggles with mental 'hell'
Although she is struggling mentally, Agnete Johnsen said she is still in it to win it. Photo: Julia Nagelstad/Eurovision

21-year-old singer Agnete Johnsen has cancelled all public appearances ahead of next week's contest.

Child welfare or 'kidnapping'? Parental anguish in Norway
Foreign parents who say Barnevernet 'kidnapped' their children protested in Oslo last month. Photo:Ole Berg-Rusten / NTB Scanpix

Recent global protests have put Norway's child welfare services back squarely in the centre of controversy.

Norway to send 60 soldiers to train Syrians fighting Isis
Norwegian troops are already training Kurdish peshmerga fighters in the Iraqi Kurdistan region. Photo: Torbjørn Kjosvold/Forsvaret

Nordic nation ups its efforts in anti-Isis coalition.

No distress call in Norway helicopter crash
The pilots reportedly gave an "everything okay" update shortly before the crash. Photo: Torstein Bøe / NTB scanpix

UPDATED: The pilots in Friday’s fatal helicopter crash did not send out a distress call before the aircraft went down, indicating that there was no time to react.

Global protests condemn 'legal kidnapping' in Norway
Demonstrations are expected in 70 different cities. Photo: BodnariuFamily.org

Activists in nearly 30 countries plan to protest the Norwegian Child Welfare Service on Saturday for what they say is the agency's practice of "kidnapping" children from their families.

'Hell on Earth': Norwegian teens play refugees for a day
Norwegian teens take part in a roleplay as refugees during the event "Camp Refugee" by the organisation "Refugee Norway" at an old military camp in Trandum earlier this month. Photo: Fredrik Varfjell/

"We're very lucky," well-off teens said after a day walking in the shoes of refugees.

Future snowless winters will cost Norway dearly
"Nobody in the world spends as much on sports equipment as the Norwegians." Photo: Erik Johansen / NTB scanpix

Warmer winters will not only have a major impact on Norwegians' hearts and souls, it will also be a huge blow to the national economy a new report warns.

How Norway's oil wealth will fend off hard times
Norway has prepared for when its oil wealth is behind it. Photo: Foto: Tore Meek / NTB scanpix

When times get tough, it never hurts to have €700 billion stashed away like Norway does in the world's biggest sovereign wealth fund to cushion the blow of plunging oil prices.

'No means no': Norway sends migrants on anti-rape courses
As part of the course, newcomers are shown an Amnesty International video about rape. Screenshot: Amnesty International

A look inside Norway's courses teaching refugees about sexual customs in their new country.

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Norway's oil fund to take on executive pay controversy
If the fund takes a stance on executive pay, it could be felt in corner offices around the world. Photo: Iris/Scanpix

Norway could greatly influence the global debate on CEO salaries with a change to its investment strategies.

Looming strike could paralyse Norway public services
Representatives of the four large trade union confederations and state representative Gisle Norheim (centre). Photo: Berit Roald / NTB scanpix

The state is "very far" from a labour agreement with some 100,000 public employees.

Modern-day Norwegian Viking conquers Instagram
A throw-back photo before the beard and hair reached their full potential. Photo: Lasse Matberg/Instagram

Hot enough to melt snow, this apparent reincarnation of Thor has captured hearts the world over.

All 13 on board die in Norway helicopter crash
Rescue crews reported no signs of survivors. Photo: Marit Hommedal/Scanpix

UPDATED: Eleven dead bodies have been recovered and the two remaining people are presumed dead.

Norway's sovereign fund posts negative return
Yngve Slyngstad, CEO of Norges Bank Investment Management. Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix

Norway's sovereign wealth fund, the world's biggest, posted a negative return in the first quarter after being tapped by the government to balance its budget for the first time ever.

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From our other editions
Friendly neighbour wins lawn ownership
What a mower might look like. Photo: SeppVei/Wikimedia

An Austrian businessman whose neighbour used to mow his garden has now lost a huge chunk of it after the court decided cutting the grass gave the neighbour the right to own the land.

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'Switzerland must shut itself off with barbed wire'
A man walks with his son in the Moria detention centre on the Greek Island of Lesbos in April. Photo: AFP

Swiss politician Andreas Glarner isn't afraid of controversy.

Why Germans get wholly wasted on Ascension Day
Young men in Schleswig-Holstein go for their annual chug and stroll on Ascension Day - which is also Father's Day. Photo: DPA.

In Germany, Himmelfahrt is not just about honouring Jesus' ascent into heaven - it's also Father's Day, and sees a tripling of alcohol-related accidents. The Local explains why.

Danish school bars Muslim students from wearing niqab
The school said that the learning process was disrupted by the niqab. Photo: Iris/Scanpix

School largely cheered for its decision to not allow face-covering veils.

Students at Spanish college forced to take exorcism class
Father José Antonio Fortea Cucurull, who is leading the seminar on exorcism. Photo: Public domain/Wikimedia Commons.

The lecture includes such topics as "the devil, exorcisms, being possessed and hell".

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