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Norwegian cancels all flights in Scandinavia
Two Norwegian aircraft parked at Oslo Airport on Sunday evening. Photo: Jon Olav Nesvold/NTB scanpix

Norwegian cancels all flights in Scandinavia

Norwegian Air Shuttle is to cancel all flights in Norway, Sweden and Denmark on Wednesday, leaving some 35,000 passengers stranded, in a dramatic escalation of its ongoing dispute with pilots. READ  

Norway's first 'Elk selfie' makes front page
Kristoffer Simonsen Ramskjell poses for his 'Elkie'. Photo: Kristoffer Simonsen Ramskjell

Norway's first 'Elk selfie' makes front page

A skier from Drøback, south of Oslo, has won top billing on the website of Norway’s largest selling newspaper after he took what is mooted to be the first ‘Elk Selfie’ or ‘Elkie’ and posted it on Facebook. READ  

Mother-to-be shocked by lifelike birth cake
Torny Hesle's rather disturbing cake. Photo: Instagram

Mother-to-be shocked by lifelike birth cake

A mother-to-be in Norway was flabbergasted when her friends organized a surprise baby shower party with a rather unusual cake. READ  

New Nobel chair won't warm Norway ties: China
Thorbjørn Jagland poses with a photo of jailed Chinese activist Liu Xiaobo after he as awarded the Nobel Prize in 2010. More than four years later Xiaobo remains in prison. Photo: Aleksander Andersen

New Nobel chair won't warm Norway ties: China

The demotion of the Nobel Peace Prize committee's chairman is not enough to end the four-year diplomatic freeze China has imposed on Norway since the prize went to a prominent dissident, China's government said on Wednesday. READ  

Fifth of Norwegians fear vaccination side effects
A child is given the TBE vaccine at Apotek Hjärtat in Sweden. Photo: Apotek Hjärtat

Fifth of Norwegians fear vaccination side effects

Nearly one in five Norwegians believe vaccinating their children could cause serious side effects, a survey carried out for Norway’s VG newspaper has revealed. READ  

Jagland ousted as Nobel Peace Prize chairman
Thorbjørn Jagland on his way to meet the Nobel Committee on Tuesday. Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix

Jagland ousted as Nobel Peace Prize chairman

Norway's Nobel Peace Prize committee on Tuesday demoted its controversial chairman Thorbjørn Jagland in a move unprecedented in the long history of the award. 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  

Norway man raped own two-month-old baby
Drammen court where the trial is taking place. Photo: Drammen Court

Norway man raped own two-month-old baby

A 32-year-old man in Norway has admitted to raping his own two-month old son and then distributing the film to an online paedophile network, at the start of what the prosecutor has called one of the most “serious abuse cases in Norwegian legal history”. READ  

'No discussion of bankruptcy': Norwegian
Norwegian Chairman arrives at a press conference after the company's six-hour board meeting on Monday. Photo: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB scanpix

'No discussion of bankruptcy': Norwegian

Norwegian Air Shuttle’s chairman on Monday denied that the company’s board planned to bankrupt its local Norwegian subsidiary, after directors met for a six-hour emergency meeting over an ongoing pilot strike. READ  

Norwegian Air pilots braced for bankrupcty
Norwegian Chairman Bjørn Kise grilled by press ahead of Monday's emergency board meeting. Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB scanpix

Norwegian Air pilots braced for bankrupcty

Norway’s pilot unions were braced on Monday for Norwegian Air Shuttle to bankrupt its local subsidiary in a strategy they decried as “outrageous union-busting”. READ  

Features

A-ha! The Norwegian super-group is back!

One of Norway's most famous pop bands, A-ha, will reunite this summer for their 30th anniversary, the group announced on Thursday. READ  

Interview

The key to happiness: pain, politics and poverty

Long, dark winter nights, the government getting you down, and Christmas bringing an endless cycle of shopping and debt? Well, latest research reveals suffering, bad politicians, and money problems can actually make you happier. The Local meets Professor Joar Vittersø of the Arctic University in Tromsø, who explains why being happy is more about sufferance than smiles. READ  

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Ten reasons why Norway is king of the world
Royal reasons why Norway is the world's best 'kingdom'. File photo of a king: Shutterstock

Ten reasons why Norway is king of the world

Norway has more than just government wealth making it officially the most prosperous country in the world. But The Local discovers it's far more than just oil money making this Nordic nation a world-beater. READ  

Explore Norway
10 best places to visit in North Norway this winter

10 best places to visit in North Norway this winter

Northern Norway this month made the Lonely Planet's Top 5 list for best regions for travellers to go to in 2015. The Local takes a tour of one of Europe's most scenic destinations and reveals some of the coolest places to see and things to do in the Arctic Circle and beyond. READ  

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Meet Norway's kings of rainwear
T-Michael (left) and Alexander Helle of fashion label Norwegian Rain. Photo: Norwegian Rain

Meet Norway's kings of rainwear

The design duo behind Norwegian Rain, Norway's award-winning fashion brand, tell The Local how making rainwear that is both functional and stylish is not all grey skies. 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  

BBC to run Norway-inspired 'slow week'
The Hurtigruten ferry makes its way through the Trollfjorden. Photo: NRK

BBC to run Norway-inspired 'slow week'

Britain’s BBC has woken up to Norway's 'Slow TV' trend, scheduling a 'slow week' in June featuring programming inspired by NRK’s snail-paced spectaculars. READ  

Norway signs deal to rent Dutch prison places
Dutch and Norwegian flags stand outside Norgerhaven prison in The Netherlands on the day of Anders Anundsen's visit Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB scanpix

Norway signs deal to rent Dutch prison places

Norway on Monday signed a deal to rent 242 prison places in The Netherlands, hoping to cut the queue of Norwegian criminals waiting to serve their sentences. READ  

Norwegian slammed for 'unethical' strikebreaking
Norwegian chief executive Bjørn Kjos at a press conference at Oslo's Fornebu airport on Saturday. Photo: Jon Olav Nesvold / NTB scanpix

Norwegian slammed for 'unethical' strikebreaking

Norwegian Air Shuttle on Saturday faced down its first ever pilot strike by transferring staff from desk jobs and subsidiaries in other countries to keep flights running normally, a move unions decried as “unacceptable” and “unethical”. READ  

'Strip mosques of subsidies': Progress MP
Oslo's Jamaat Ahle Sunnat mosque where preaching could soon come under Progress Party scrutiny.

'Strip mosques of subsidies': Progress MP

A senior politician in the Norwegian government’s second party has proposed stripping mosques of government subsidies and closing the Koran schools attached to them if they are shown to preach “classical Shariah law”. READ  

'I am dyslexic and I write it myself': Norway PM

'I am dyslexic and I write it myself': Norway PM

A man who ridiculed the spelling of the 'assistant' managing Prime Minister Erna Solberg's Facebook account was knocked squarely into place when she replied that she had written the post herself, adding that she suffered from dyslexia. READ  

Islamist seized for praising Paris attacks
Mullah Krekar and his wife Rokosh at a court hearing in January. Photo: Gorm Kallestad/NTB scanpix

Islamist seized for praising Paris attacks

Norwegian islamist Mullah Krekar was arrested at his home in Oslo on Thursday evening after telling Norway’s NRK that the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks made him “happy” and that anyone who made cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed deserved to die. READ  

Free night in a designer cabin anyone?
The Tubakuba in location. Photo: Tumblr

Free night in a designer cabin anyone?

Anyone with children can get a night in the architecturally inspired Tubakuba cabin, with its stunning location on a mountainside overlooking Bergen, absolutely free. READ  

Norway's top Catholic accused in fraud case
Bernt Eidsvig, the Bishop of Oslo. Photo: Jan-Erik Løken, Wikimedia Commons

Norway's top Catholic accused in fraud case

Norwegian police raided the premises of the Catholic Church Thursday on suspicion it had inflated membership figures for years to fraudulently claim six million euros in illegitimate state funding. READ  

Russia rehearses air battle over Barents Sea
Russian MiG-31 aircraft in a 'foxhound formation' at Russia's Zhukovsky airshow in 2012. Photo: Alan Wilson/Flickr

Russia rehearses air battle over Barents Sea

Russia's airforce started exercises that will involve jets striking back against a "supposed enemy" over the Barents Sea that borders Norway, the country's military said on Thursday. READ  

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UN weighs in on 'unjust' disabled access case
Simon Bacher. Photo: Sue Bacher

UN weighs in on 'unjust' disabled access case

The United Nations has asked Austria for an explanation after a British woman complained that her 25-year-old disabled son has been left stranded in their home every time there is bad weather because of bureaucratic red tape. READ  

Swiss businessman charged in art fraud case
Dmitry Rybolovlev with unidentified woman at Monaco football game last year. Photo: AFP

Swiss businessman charged in art fraud case

A prominent Swiss businessman was on Saturday charged in connection with an alleged art fraud targeting Russian oligarch and football club owner Dmitry Rybolovlev. READ  

Court lets child porn MP Edathy off with fine
Edathy in court on Monday. Photo: DPA

Court lets child porn MP Edathy off with fine

A court has decided to fine former MP Sebastian Edathy €5,000 after he admitted on Monday to downloading child pornography images and video onto his official parliamentary laptop. READ  

Denmark may introduce porn to public schools
Photo: Colourbox

Denmark may introduce porn to public schools

A sexology professor is calling on schools to show students porn so that they can learn to tell the difference between real-life sex and what they see in online films. READ  

Exposed: actress who faked Oscar glory
Anna Allen appearing on Spanish programme, Pasapalabra. Screen grab: YouTube/bogo xoer.

Exposed: actress who faked Oscar glory

The invented life of a Spanish actress has been revealed after Spanish media discovered she had not actually attended the Oscars, but used Photoshop to place herself on the red carpet. READ  

Paris is pricey, but is that good news for Parisians?
Paris is pricey but it's not all bad news. Photo: AFP

Paris is pricey, but is that good news for Parisians?

Paris has once again been named the world’s second most expensive city in a global study this week, meaning it's pricier than the likes of Oslo, Zurich and Sydney. But those behind the report say it's not all bad news for people living in the French capital. READ  

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Purrfect catch: Italian twins land giant catfish
Dino Ferrari with the giant catfish. Photo: Sportex Italia

Purrfect catch: Italian twins land giant catfish

Twin Italian brothers came within a whisker of a European record when they reeled in a catfish weighing 127kg in northern Italy’s River Po – with just a fishing rod. READ  

Malmö school 'too dangerous' for students
Photo: TT

Malmö school 'too dangerous' for students

A secondary school in Malmö has been closed after the teachers' union declared that it is too dangerous a place for students and teachers to attend due to widespread violence and criminality. READ  

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