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Norway backs plain packets for cigarettes
Health Minister Bent Høie said the plain packaging could be rolled out in 2017. Lise Åserud / NTB scanpix

Both Norway and New Zealand marked World No Tobacco Day by introducing new drab tobacco packaging.

Norwegian woman found dead on Mallorca
The tourist's death was described as "violent and bloody". Berit Keilen / SCANPIX

A Norwegian woman has been found dead on the island of Mallorca and Spanish police are investigating the death as suspicious.

Beer, bakery and meat strikes could hit Norway
Beverage and bakery employees have threatened to strike. Photos: Thomas Bjørnflaten and Heiko Junge / Scanpix

Failing a succesful mediation, Norwegians face a possible shortage of beer, hot dogs and baked goods as a result of workers’ strikes.

Majority: Ban tobacco sales for those born after 2000
The Norwegian Medical Association wants a 'smoke-free generation' by 2035. Photo: Erlend Aas / NTB scanpix

Six out of ten Norwegians support a proposal to ban the sale of tobacco products to anyone born after 2000.

Norway’s wealth fund passed on Facebook investment
Photo: Marianne Løvland / NTB scanpix

The head of the fund declined to speculate on how much it could have earned by getting on board earlier.

Tromsø is ’world’s third-best small town’
Tromsø: one of the three best small towns in the world. Photo: CH - Visitnorway.com

Norwegian world traveller Gunnar Garfors - aka ‘that dude who visited every country’ – says that Tromsø is among the best destinations on the planet.

Norway kids and parents tell each other to log off
Parents and kids accuse each other of spending too much time online. Photos: Jan Haas and Frank May / NTB scanpix

Norwegian parents are critical of the amount of time their children spend online but their children feel the exact same way about them.

Norway firm opens office in Minecraft
The Oslo firm set up their island office on Norway's biggest Minecraft server. Screenshot: Heisholt Inc

The company behind the world's first ever live Minecraft concert has now set up shop within the popular gaming platform.

79-year-old Norwegian lands plane with no propeller
Garstad's propeller (left) was found after his crash landing at Sola (right). Photos: Arnstein Løvbrekke/NTB Scanpix and Florian Pépellin/WikiCommons

The veteran pilot said the air traffic controllers were "more flustered than me” when he told them he was coming in for a crash landing.

Norway oil investments set to drop again in 2017
After 15 years of solid growth boosted by rising oil and gas prices, the Norwegian economy has rapidly slumped. Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB scanpix

Oil investments, one of the main drivers of Norway's economy, are expected to fall for a third straight year.

 'Tick here please': Changing gender in Norway gets easier
When I look like a woman, it's the opposite, there are lots of colours in my head and around me:" John Jeanette. Photo: NTB Scanpix

As the commander of a Cold War submarine tracking the Soviets, John Jeanette's dresses were stashed away in a locker reserved for top-secret documents.

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's Trump 'wig farm' video a viral smash
The Donald might not find the joke so funny. Photo: KENA BETANCUR/Scanpix

Just in time for the vital New York primary on Tuesday, a Norwegian spoof video about US presidential candidate Donald Trump has spread across the internet like wildfire.

'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.

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App-surd! Norwegians read app terms for 32 hours
The Norwegian consumer protection agency staged the readathon as part of its #appfail campaign. Photo: Forbrukerrådet

In a live-streamed 'readathon' Norway consumers read the "very bad" terms and conditions of popular smartphone apps.

Norway firm to buy portion of Finland defence company
Patria specializes in armoured vehicles. Photo: Patria

A portion of Finnish state-owned defence manufacturer Patria will be privatized through a sell to Kongsberg, a partially state-owned defence company in Norway.

'Historic': McDonald's agrees to contain Arctic cod fishing
The McDonald's on Nedre Slottsgate in Oslo. Photo: Stian Lysberg Solum / SCANPIX

For the first time ever, major players in the seafood industry have voluntarily imposed limitations on industrial fishing in the Arctic.

Norwegian ship rescues over 1,000 refugees
Kripos said that the ship had never before brought so many people on board. Photo: Kripos/Scanpix

The Norwegian rescue vessel Siem Pilot on Wednesday came to the aid of more than 1,000 people off the coast of Libya.

Shareholders at Norway's Opera accept Chinese bid
Opera's Oslo offices. Photo: Gorm Kallestad / Scanpix

Deal for the world's fight-biggest internet browser will now need US and Chinese approval.

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Freedom Party claims election fraud rife
Heinz-Christian Strache. Photo: FPÖ

Austria's far-right is probing "countless" cases of fraud in last week's presidential election that saw its candidate lose by a narrow margin, the party chief was quoted as saying on Sunday.

Basel: Muslim schoolboys must shake hands or face fine
File photo: Broad Bean Media

Decision by Basel education authorities comes after two Muslim boys refused to shake their female teacher's hand on religious grounds.

Raging ticket controller seizes Chinese traveler's passport
File photo of a plainclothes ticket controller. Photo: DPA.

Germany's national rail operator is in hot water after a ticket controller reacted aggressively to a newly arrived Chinese traveler who made one of the most basic transit mistakes: forgetting to stamp her ticket.

Green card holders in Denmark in race against time
Green card holder Mehvish Kiran said that her four children would not be able to adjust to life in Pakistan. Photo: Submitted

Thousands of green card holders are desperately trying convince politicians not to force them out of Denmark and say that a recently-granted extension to the scheme is a hollow victory.

Stunning cave paintings found 300 metres below Spain
Archeologist Diego Garate with the cave paintings in Atxurra. Photo: bizkaia.eus

The once in a generation find has been hailed as one of Spain’s most important prehistoric discoveries.

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Norway moves closer to allowing dual citizenship
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