Man found in Oslo with total memory loss
The Local · 8 Apr 2014, 16:12
Published: 08 Apr 2014 16:12 GMT+02:00
Police in Oslo have released photos of a man found in a snow drift in the city in December, having apparently suffered total amnesia, in the hope that someone from his past life will recognize him.
The man, who is in his mid-20s and appears to come from somewhere in Eastern Europe, was found in an industrial area in the east of Oslo in what police described as "a bad condition".
He speaks very good English with an east European accent, understands Czech, Slovak, Polish and Russian, and is calling himself "John Smith" until he recovers memories of his real name.
"The man has no identity papers, and does not remember his name, where he came from, how he ended up in Norway or any other details of his life," the police wrote in their statement.
Oslo police have tried to establish the man's identity for nearly four months, sending photos and fingerprints to East European police forces via Interpol, and searching through lists of missing people.
"We have come to a point in the investigation where we had tried everything without getting anywhere," Sturla Henriksbø from the Oslo police told VG newspaper. "Therefore we are now, in consultation with the man himself, releasing his picture."
The Forus asylum centre in Stavanger. Photo: Carina Johansen / NTB scanpix
A rejected asylum seeker was arrested early on Tuesday after a fight involving up to 20 people.
The woman accepted the court's judgement but denied having planned the pie attack. Photo: Erik Fosheim Brandsborg / NTB scanpix
A British woman will be held on remand for for weeks for attacking Norwegian Equality Minister Solveig Horne with a cream pie.
Iceland president Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, shown here in 2008. Photo: Kyrre Lien/NTB Scanpix
Iceland's long-time president Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson says that Brexit can give Norway and other northern countries a more important role.
Edward Snowden speaking via satellite as he received the Bjornson prize in September. Photo: Svein Ove Ekornesvåg / NTB scanpix
The Oslo District Court on Monday rejected American whistleblower Edward Snowden’s lawsuit to prevent his potential extradition.
The bonfire was measured at 47.4 metres. Photo: Runar Andersen / NTB scanpix
See stunning video of the world's tallest bonfire going up in flames as Norway celebrated midsummer.
Brexit - Opinion
Commuters cross the London Bridge on Friday. Photo: DANIEL SORABJI/Scanpix
Welsh-Norwegian reporter Sunniva Davies-Rommetveit writes that Brexit leaves her fearing a new isolationist UK.
Despite a fall from second, Norway still enjoys one of the world's best reputations. Photo: Vegard Wivestad Grøtt / NTB scanpix
Norway tumbled three spots in a new report ranking the most reputable countries in the world.
People walk past a "Vote Leave" sign as they arrive to vote in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Thursday. Photo: Paul Faith/Scanpix
Erna Solberg said on Friday morning that she is worried about the knock-off political consequences of Britain’s decision to leave the EU.
According to the forecast, this year's Sankthans celebrations won't be quite as nice as last year. Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB scanpix
Norwegians may have a hard time lighting their Sankthans bonfires, as the weekend calls for damp conditions throughout the country, particularly in the south.
Filling your cart in a Norwegian supermarket costs 159 percent of the EU average. Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB scanpix
... but it is for booze and tobacco.