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Norway drops down happiness ranking
Happy Norwegian's celebrating Constitution Day in Trondheim. Photo: Ivar Husevåg Døskeland/Flickr

Norway drops down happiness ranking

Norway’s hopes of stealing Denmark’s vaunted position as the world’s happiest country have taken a knock, after 'verdens beste land' slipped from second to fourth place in a global ranking of happiness. READ  

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Norway PM celebrated for phone-in-bra trick
Erna Solberg, phone snugly in place, hands over the 2014 Womans' Football Cup. Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB scanpix

Norway PM celebrated for phone-in-bra trick

After Norway's PM Erna Solberg was caught on camera slipping her phone into her bra, Norway’s top tabloid VG has made a video investigating the phenomenon. READ  

Norway allows drilling further north as ice melts
The southerly edge of the Barents' Sea ice. Photo: Norwegian Polar Institute

Norway allows drilling further north as ice melts

The Norwegian government has announced that it will open up more of the Barents Sea for oil drilling, as global warming has reduced the size of the protected sea ice zone. READ  

Norway boosts army spend on Russia threat
A Norwegian Leopard 2 tank on exercise. Photo: Soldattnytt/Flickr

Norway boosts army spend on Russia threat

The Norwegian government is to increase military spending by as much as half a billion dollars to boost its defence capability around its northern border with Russia. READ  

Norwegians disapprove of Putin most in world
Russian President at a recent meeting with the President of Argentina.Photo: Kremlin.ru

Norwegians disapprove of Putin most in world

A global opinion survey has shown that 89% of Norwegians disapprove of Putin, a higher share of the population than any other country in the world. READ  

Brutal IS executioner is Norwegian: Dagbladet
A lecture for new recruits is given on ISIS territory in Iraq. Photo:YouTube screen grab.

Brutal IS executioner is Norwegian: Dagbladet

An Islamic State fighter who was filmed earlier this year decapitating a man in the Syrian city of Raqqa is Norwegian, Dagbladet newspaper has claimed. READ  

EU's crazy homeopathy cure for Norway fish
These healthy looking salmon need no sugar pills. Photo: Norsk Havbrukssenter/Flickr

EU's crazy homeopathy cure for Norway fish

Norwegian vets are up in arms about a “scientifically illiterate” European directive that mandates the use of homeopathic medicines as the first line of treatment for organic farmed fish. READ  

Norway speeds up plans for rescue boat to Med
Migrants attempting to cross over to Italy rescued by Mare Nostrum, the Italian government's rescue effort. Photo: Italian Navy

Norway speeds up plans for rescue boat to Med

Norway on Wednesday offered to send a ship to the Mediterranean "as soon as possible" to take part in an EU-led patrol helping migrants in distress and guarding maritime borders. READ  

Norway hospital saves cash with dirty windows
Stavanger University Hospital viewed from the air. Photo: Stavanger health authority

Norway hospital saves cash with dirty windows

A penny-pinching hospital in Norway has decided to stop cleaning its windows for a whole year to save money for patient care. READ  

Owl and badger locked in mystery death hug
The owl and the badger as found this week. Photo: Gunn Lilleholt Bekkvik

Owl and badger locked in mystery death hug

How did an owl end up dead by a remote roadside locked in the embrace of an equally dead badger? The question has vexed Norway since a picture of the odd pair was posted on Facebook on Tuesday. READ  

Features
'Trekker Willi' heads to Norway at 18 km/h
Winfried Langer with his vintage tractor "Robert." Photo:DPA

'Trekker Willi' heads to Norway at 18 km/h

Spring is in the air and Trekker Willi, Germany's answer to Jack Kerouac, is hitting the road again aboard his trusty tractor “Robert” - with a destination well over the horizon. READ  

Google Maps puts Pulpit Rock on Street View
Pulpit Rock as shown on Google Streetview. Photo: Screen Grab

Google Maps puts Pulpit Rock on Street View

Google Maps staff have trekked to the top of Pulpit Rock, one of Norway’s tourist attractions, making stunning views of the Lysefjorden available to anyone everywhere over the internet. READ  

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VIDEO: Bird's eye view of Lofoten in winter
An isolated church in the icy Lofoten winter. Photo: Screen Grab from Vimeo

VIDEO: Bird's eye view of Lofoten in winter

Moscow-based filmmaker Igor Byrko has has just released a beautiful birds-eye film of the Lofoten Islands in mid January, using a drone to pan over the ice-strewn shores, fishing villages, and dazzling peaks of one of Norway’s most beautiful regions. READ  

Schumacher's Norway retreat sold for $3m
A photo from the sale documents. Photo: Screen grab from Finn.no

Schumacher's Norway retreat sold for $3m

The Norwegian mountain holiday home owned by Michael Schumacher has been sold for close to 22 million Norwegian kroner ($2.9m), as the former Formula One star continues his slow recovery in Switzerland. READ  

Glacier ice: The world’s new luxury ice cube?

Imagine you’re lounging in a Dubai sky bar and you get served a vodka martini filtered through thousand-year-old ice mined from a glacier in the far north of Norway. This is the idea behind Norwegian start-up Svaice. READ  

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Mother 'shut in dog crate and dropped in river'
The Skien River, where police found the cage and remains on Tuesday night. Photo: Skienselva.no

Mother 'shut in dog crate and dropped in river'

A 34-year-old man in Norway has confessed that he put the dead body of his partner's mother into an iron dog cage and then dropped it into a nearby river, claiming that his partner had murdered her beforehand. READ  

Four become youngest Norwegians to ski to Pole
The four teenagers photographed in Svalbard before beginning their expedition. Photo: Geir Evensen/NRK/NTB scanpix

Four become youngest Norwegians to ski to Pole

Four 13-year-olds have become the youngest Norwegians to ski to the North Pole, after they ended a gruelling six-day trek on Tuesday. READ  

Gammel Dansk is now made in Oslo
Aalborg Aqvavit: now made in Oslo. Photo: Flickr|Lemsipmatt

Gammel Dansk is now made in Oslo

Oslo distillery Arcus Gruppen is taking over the production of tradition-rich Danish spirits Gammel Dansk and Aalborg Akvavit, with the city of Aalborg on Tueday making a bittersweet toast as the last batch left town. READ  

Sudan summons Norway envoy after vote protest
Norwegian ambassador Morten Aaslund meets the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party. Photo: European Union.

Sudan summons Norway envoy after vote protest

Sudan summoned Norway's ambassador on Tuesday to protest the country's harsh criticism of last week's elections, which are expected to give President Omar al-Bashir another term in office, as neither "free" nor "fair". READ  

Facebook bans Norway kid show's ovary clip
Line Jansrud drawing female internal sexual organs on the body of her assistant. Photo: Screen Grab/NRK

Facebook bans Norway kid show's ovary clip

Facebook has deleted a clip of a Norwegian children's science presenter telling viewers about ovaries, fallopian tubes and the uterus by painting their locations on a real woman's naked skin. READ  

Norway footed Sudan rebel's $1m phone bill
John Garang waving. Photo: PS Burton/IUSAID/Wikimedia Commons

Norway footed Sudan rebel's $1m phone bill

Norway spent more than a million dollars paying the satellite phone bill of a guerrilla leader throughout the most bitter years of Sudan's civil war, a new book has claimed. READ  

Five jailed for illegal wolf hunt in historic ruling
A wolf killed in Norway. Photo: Canadian Voice for Animals Foundation

Five jailed for illegal wolf hunt in historic ruling

Five men have been sentenced to jail in Norway for organising an illegal wolf hunt, in a landmark case for the country. READ  

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Norway's Ane Brun takes fourth place in UK charts
The cover art from Directions, the new album Ane Brun released in March. Photo: Facebook

Norway's Ane Brun takes fourth place in UK charts

Singer songwriter Ane Brun is the latest Norwegian to storm the international charts, taking fourth place in this week's UK Top 40 with "Can't Stop Playing", a pumping house track far from her normal haunting fare. READ  

Norwegians 'worst' for dumping electrical waste
E-waste. Photo: JohnJMatlock/Flickr

Norwegians 'worst' for dumping electrical waste

Norwegians threw away more electrical waste per head last year than the citizens of anyone other country in the world, according new UN report. READ  

Russian deputy PM busts sanctions on Svalbard
Russian foreign minister Dmitry Rogozin amid others from the Russian group who travelled to Svalbard on the weekend. Photo: Twitter

Russian deputy PM busts sanctions on Svalbard

Norway on Sunday expressed anger that Russia's deputy prime minister had visited its Arctic Svalbard archipelago, even though he is banned from entering Norwegian territory as part of sanctions in response to Russia's role in the Ukraine conflict. READ  

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Racist outburst prompts civil courage debate
A screen grab from the video.

Racist outburst prompts civil courage debate

A video of a man hurling racist abuse at a Somali passenger on a tram in Vienna has caused outrage on social media and provoked a discussion about moral courage. READ  

Ranking downgrades Swiss passport's 'power'

Ranking downgrades Swiss passport's 'power'

The passports of 18 countries are regarded as more “powerful” than the one offered by Switzerland, according to a new survey. READ  

G36 rifle 'has no future' in German army
Defence minister Ursula von der Leyen. Photo: DPA

G36 rifle 'has no future' in German army

Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced on Wednesday that the controversial G36 rifle 'has no future in the German Army,' signalling the end of a two decade relationship between the army and the dodgy weapon. READ  

Denmark officially bans bestiality
Food and Agriculture Minister Dan Jørgensen was behind the ban. Photo: Sonny Munk Carlsen/Scanpix

Denmark officially bans bestiality

As of Tuesday it is no longer legal to have sex with animals in Denmark, bringing the country's bestiality laws in line with its neighbours. READ  

Barcelona school attack
Student kills teacher with crossbow in Barcelona
Police officers stand guard outside Joan Fuster secondary school in Barcelona. Photo: Josep Lago/AFP

Student kills teacher with crossbow in Barcelona

UPDATED: Police have detained a 13-year-old after a teacher was shot dead with a crossbow and several others injured in a Barcelona secondary school. READ  

British expats left in lurch by NHS clampdown
Photo: Richard Pohle/AFP

British expats left in lurch by NHS clampdown

British people living in France and other European countries could be forced to take out private health insurance, due to the latest clampdown on expats using the UK's National Health Service. READ  

The Local List
Top ten problems of growing up multilingual
Growing up speaking more than one language is not always a blessing. Photo: Shutterstock

Top ten problems of growing up multilingual

Although it may sound to some like a dream, being brought up multilingual can have its downsides. Trilingual journalist Anna Pujol-Mazzini lists ten of the most common problems. READ  

The Local List
My Swedish habits that foreigners just don't get
Swedes eat crayfish in August. Only in August. Photo: Carolina Romare/imagebank.sweden.se

My Swedish habits that foreigners just don't get

Do the Swedes have certain habits you just can't work out? Here, The Local's Emma Löfgren, who has recently returned to Sweden from the UK, lists some of the Nordic traits that leave her foreign friends bemused. READ  

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