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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Opera's Oslo offices. Photo: Gorm Kallestad / Scanpix
Deal for the world's fight-biggest internet browser will now need US and Chinese approval.
Passengers depart a Ryanair flight at Moss Airport Rygge. Photo: Jon Olav Nesvold / NTB scanpix
The board of directors at Moss Airport Rygge will shut down the airport's commercial operations if Irish carrier Ryanair makes good on its threats to abandon its base there.