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Norway celebs plan own funerals in new show
Namra Saleem, the presenter of "The Coffin", drives around to celebrities' houses bringing them a coffin to decorate. Photo: NRK

Norway celebs plan own funerals in new show

Norway's ever-inventive national television channel NRK has moved from 'Slow TV' to 'TV Macabre' with "The Coffin", which follows a set of celebrities planning their own funerals. READ () »

Top Putin aide was in Oslo for oil talks: Statoil
Igor Sechin in 2009 when he was Russia's Deputy Prime Minister. Photo: Ignat Solovey/WIkimedia Commons

Top Putin aide was in Oslo for oil talks: Statoil

Igor Sechin, one of the most powerful figures in Vladimir Putin's Russia, was in Oslo this month to hold talks with Statoil over its international projects, Reuters reported on Tuesday. READ () »

Chance of saving missing skiers 'minimal'
Rescuers from alpine rescue team participating in the search. Photo: Inge Nordvikneset / NTB Scanpix

Chance of saving missing skiers 'minimal'

Norway's rescue authorities are close to giving up the search for four skiers who went missing on Monday night, with police admitting that the chances are now minimal that the men will be found alive. READ () »

Norway's Aker bags €1.7bn Angola contract
An Aker employee works on the company's deep sea equipment. Photo: © 2014 Aker Solutions

Norway's Aker bags €1.7bn Angola contract

French oil group Total, which has just announced a huge offshore exploration investment in Angola, has awarded a major contract for part of the work to Norwegian firm Aker Solutions, Aker said on Tuesday. READ () »

Man at recycling plant finds $16,000 in old safe
John Erik Tveitdal shows off the money he found in the safe he broke open. Photo: Norsk Gjenvinning Group

Man at recycling plant finds $16,000 in old safe

An excavator operator at recycling facility in Norway has discovered 100,000 kroner ($16,000) left behind in a safe dumped at the site. READ () »

Thousands of salmon escape cages in Norway
Alsaker Fjordbruk's salmon farming. Photo: Alsaker Fjordbruk

Thousands of salmon escape cages in Norway

More than 47,000 salmon have escaped their cages in the Ålfjorden north of Stavanger, fuelling environmentalist fears that Norway's salmon farming industry will destroy wild salmon stocks and weaken the natural gene pool. READ () »

Surge in number of immigrants deported
Simreth Wolbgeber and her eight children after they were exported from Norway to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. Photo: Simreth Wolbgeber

Surge in number of immigrants deported

The number of illegal immigrants deported from Norway leapt 37 percent in the first three months of the year, as the country's new right-wing government brings in a more hardline policy. READ () »

Norway sends lost 1927 film back to China
Yin Mingzhu (left) and Xia Peizhen (right) in Dan Duyu’s The Cave of the Silken Web (1927).

Norway sends lost 1927 film back to China

Norway will hand to China a copy of "The Cave of the Silken Web", a classic Chinese film that had long thought to be lost, the National Library of Norway said on Monday. The delivery of the silent film from 1927 is expected to arrive in Beijing on Tuesday. READ () »

Marine Harvest profits double
Salmon about to be fed at a Marine Harvest farm. Photo: Marine Harvest

Marine Harvest profits double

Marine Harvest, the Norwegian salmon-farming company, has more than doubled its profits over the past three months, as tight demand led to soaring prices for its products. READ () »

Yara chairman steps down after bribery fine
Bernt Reitan (right) with Yara CEO Jørgen Ole Haslestad during the press conference about the company's fine. Photo: Vegard Grøtt / NTB Scanpix

Yara chairman steps down after bribery fine

The chairman of Norwegian fertiliser giant Yara is stepping down just months after police in Norway charged four former executives for corruption and the company agreed to pay Norway's biggest ever corporate fine. READ () »

Features
FEATURE: Norway's bitter rivalry with Sweden
The Swedes jump for joy after winning gold in the Men's Relay 4x10km. Photo: Maja Suslin/TT

FEATURE: Norway's bitter rivalry with Sweden

If you thought the Winter Olympics are just about the Cold War-style ice hockey rivalry between North America and Russia then think again. The enmity between Nordic neighbours Sweden and Norway on the supposedly placid tracks of the cross country skiing can barely be matched for bad blood. READ () »

FEATURE:  Norway's mountain start-up hub
Eirik Høyme Rogn gazing out over the landscape around Vang. Photo: Facebook.

FEATURE: Norway's mountain start-up hub

Meet Eirik Høyme Rogn, the man who is trying to turn a tiny mountain village in central Norway into a hub for internet entrepreneurs. READ () »

The Local Interview
INTERVIEW: From Utøya to Eurovision
Mohamed 'Mo' Farah Abdi, 21, hopes to represent Norway in Copenhagen with the song Heal. He lost his best friend, Ismail Haji Ahmed, on Utøya in July 2011. Photograph: Kim Erlandsen/NRK

INTERVIEW: From Utøya to Eurovision

The Local talks to Mohamed 'Mo' Farah Abdi, the Utøya survivor and X Factor star, about the song he hopes to take to the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen. READ () »

Carlsen: Norway's chess superstar
The Norwegian chess prodigy - one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people. Photo: Timothy A Clary/AFP

Carlsen: Norway's chess superstar

As a prodigal genius and fashion model, newly-crowned world chess champion Magnus Carlsen has already lit up the game and has now added the world crown to his list of achievements. READ () »

INTERVIEW: Utøya survivor to be deported
Khaled Ahmed Taleb at a protest against Breivik outside Hamar courthouse in 2012 - Jo E. Brenden / NTB Scanpix

INTERVIEW: Utøya survivor to be deported

Khaled Ahmed Taleb found his brother dead during Anders Behring Breivik's terror attack in 2011. But now he faces expulsion for lying on his asylum application eleven years ago. He tells The Local how it happened. READ () »

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Amazing eight-year-old channels Nancy Sinatra
Angelina Jordan Astar performs in the semi finals of Norway's Got Talent. Photo: YouTube

Amazing eight-year-old channels Nancy Sinatra

Angelina Jordan, the Norwegian eight-year-old who wowed the world with her eerily perfect Billie Holiday cover last month, has done it again with a rendition of Nancy Sinatra's Bang Bang (my baby shot me down). It's so good, you suspect some trickery at play. READ () »

Utøya survivor fights for payout
The island of Utøya. Photo: NRKbeta

Utøya survivor fights for payout

A young man who was badly injured during the 2011 Utøya terror attack has been awarded less than a fifth of the compensation he asked from the government, a decision his lawyer claims has deprived him of his right to live a full life. READ () »

Czech amnesiac's parents to visit Oslo
Photo: Oslo Police

Czech amnesiac's parents to visit Oslo

The parents of a 36-year-old Czech amnesiac whose identity has been confirmed by DNA tests will visit him in Oslo where he was found last winter, a news report said Saturday. READ () »

DNA tests prove mystery memory man is Czech
'John Smith'. Photo: Oslo Police

DNA tests prove mystery memory man is Czech

The young amnesiac found in Norway whose identity was a mystery for almost four months is Czech, Norwegian police said Friday, after DNA tests confirmed the claims of relatives and acquaintances. READ () »

Oslo opens Munch room for priests to marry gays
The Munch Room in Oslo City Hall. Photo: Oslo City Hall

Oslo opens Munch room for priests to marry gays

Oslo's City council has thrown open the august Munch room in Oslo City Hall to any priest who wants to bless a gay couple's marriage, in protest at the Church's decision not to allow gay marriage. READ () »

Two men jailed for illegal wolf hunt

Two men jailed for illegal wolf hunt

Two men in Norway were jailed on Thursday for their part in organising an illegal wolf hunt in Norway's Hedmark country north of Oslo. READ () »

Statoil makes new North Sea discovery
The Transocean Leader, which made the discovery. Photo: Statoil

Statoil makes new North Sea discovery

Norwegian oil giant Statoil has made a new oil and gas discovery close to the 30-year-old Valemon find. READ () »

Shell puts Ormen Lange upgrade on hold
An onshore gas liquefaction plant takes gas from Ormen Lange. Photo: Bilfinger Industrial Solutions

Shell puts Ormen Lange upgrade on hold

The Anglo-Dutch oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has postponed plans to install subsea gas compression on Norway's Ormen Lange field, one of Europe's largest, arguing soaring costs had undermined the economics. READ () »

Norway man finds adult toy in cod's stomach
Bjørn Frilund, 64, with his unusual catch. Photo: Anders Hagen, Åndalsnes Avis

Norway man finds adult toy in cod's stomach

Bjørn Frilund was gutting a large cod he'd caught, when he felt a big lump in its belly. As he cut in, he first found two semi-digested herrings. Then he pulled out a hefty orange vibrator. READ () »

Israel to post top envoy to Norway
Raphael Schutz. Photo: Andorra foreign ministry

Israel to post top envoy to Norway

Israel is sending one of its top diplomats to Norway, hoping that he will be able to repair the country's image after Druze poet Naim Araidi was removed from the post, accused of sexual harassment. READ () »

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From our other editions
Swiss teen killed during 'knife game' in Rome
Photo: AFP/File

Swiss teen killed during 'knife game' in Rome

A 16-year-old boy from Switzerland died during a school trip to Rome after reportedly being stabbed during a "knife game" with friends. READ () »

Merkel denied access to own NSA file
Photo: DPA

Merkel denied access to own NSA file

US spy bosses have ignored a request from Chancellor Angela Merkel to look at her secret service file, according to reports on Wednesday. It came as the chairman of the committee investigating NSA spying in Germany resigned. READ () »

The Local List
Top expat moans about Spain on Twitter
Having an 'Only in Spain' moment? You're not alone. Picture of angry expat woman: Shutterstock

Top expat moans about Spain on Twitter

Expats in Spain are taking to Twitter to vent their frustrations about life in the country. Here The Local has selected some of the funniest and truest tweets. READ () »

VIDEO
‘Anti-French’ Cadillac ad sparks anger in France
The new 'anti-French' Cadillac ad has not gone down well in France, believe it or not. Photo: Screengrab YouTube

‘Anti-French’ Cadillac ad sparks anger in France

VIDEO: US luxury brand Cadillac should not count on its new electric car selling well in France after its latest advert for the vehicle was blasted as “anti-French” and “lamentable”. See for yourself why and check out the response ad from Ford. READ () »

'The mafia has infiltrated every sector in Germany'
Mafia infiltration has reached Germany's Rhineland. Photo: Shengel/Wikipedia

'The mafia has infiltrated every sector in Germany'

Italian mobsters have infiltrated “every sector in Germany”, according to investigators, with the Sicilian mafia particularly active in the Rhineland. READ () »

Swedes pay $27 for 'bargain strawberries'

Swedes pay $27 for 'bargain strawberries'

The year's first batch of Swedish strawberries went under the hammer in Stockholm on Wednesday, with growers fetching 175 kronor ($27) per punnet. But the price was nothing compared to last year. READ () »

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