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92-yr-old absconds from nursing home with lover
The Vilberg nursing home in Eidsvold. Photo: Eidsvoll Municipality

92-yr-old absconds from nursing home with lover

The search for a 92-year-old woman who vanished from a old people's home in Norway has been called off after it turned out she had absconded with her Swedish lover. READ  

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 Norway town breaks book domino record
The books laid out in Tvedestrand's sports hall. Photo: Screen Grab

Norway town breaks book domino record

A small town in Norway has broken the Guinness world record for the longest chain of books toppled as dominos. READ  

Charged NGO's allies slam Norway in UN
Professor Jean-François Fechino from International Institute for Peace, Justice and Human Rights criticises Norway's actions on the floor of the UN. Photo: GNRD

Charged NGO's allies slam Norway in UN

The Stavanger-based NGO accused of money-laundering has hit back, denouncing Norway for acting like “a totalitarian regime” during a session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. READ  

Norwegians use steroids to get 'summer body'
Norwegian customs agents made a huge steroids haul at the Swedish border this year. Photo: Norwegian customs

Norwegians use steroids to get 'summer body'

Norwegian customs officials are blaming the desire for the perfect summer body for a massive leap in the quantities of illegal anabolic steroids and testosterone seized. READ  

Sunday shopping 'breaks Norway constitution'
Bishop Helga Haugland Byfuglien. Photo: Church of Norway

Sunday shopping 'breaks Norway constitution'

Norway’s most senior bishop has declared that allowing shops to open on Sundays would violate the country’s constitution. READ  

Norway police pic sends temperatures soaring
Norwegian traffic police as photographed in 2010, and as photoshopped lust objects. Photo: Toni Kaarttinen/Flickr

Norway police pic sends temperatures soaring

They may not be armed but they’re certainly packing! A photo purporting to show a trio of buff Norwegian traffic police in their summer uniform has spread like wildfire across social media. READ  

'Eco homes cause asthma': Norway group
Passive terrace houses in Grimstad Norway built in cooperation with the Rockwool company. Photo: Rockwool Scandinavia

'Eco homes cause asthma': Norway group

Norway’s largest association for asthma and allergy sufferers has warned that new carbon neutral building regulations may lead to an increase in breathing disorders and allergies. READ  

Breivik takes Norway to court on human rights
Anders Behring Breivik during his trial in 2012. Photo: Haakon Mosvold Larsen/NTB scanpix

Breivik takes Norway to court on human rights

Anti-Islamist terrorist Anders Behring Breivik has taken legal action against the Norwegian state claiming his four years of "extreme isolation" in prison is a violation of his human rights. READ  

Two Norwegians held after Israel ship siege
The Ship to Gaza trawler at the Israeli port of Ashdod. Photo: Ship to Gaza

Two Norwegians held after Israel ship siege

Israeli authorities are holding two Norwegian citizens after their ship carrying aid to the Gaza Strip was boarded in international waters by the Israeli military. READ  

Norway scientists find cause of coeliac disease
A biopsy of a small bowel afflicted by coeliac disease. Photo: ToNToNi/Wikimedia Commons

Norway scientists find cause of coeliac disease

Norwegian scientists have discovered the cause of coeliac disease, the auto-immune disorder which causes gluten intolerance in about one in a hundred people READ  

Features
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Give us a vote: we've got most to lose if UK quits
2.2 million Brits live in another EU country. 2.3 million people from elsewhere in the EU live in the UK. Photo: Charles Clegg.

Give us a vote: we've got most to lose if UK quits

Brits in the rest of the EU should all be given a vote in the country’s upcoming referendum - as should Europeans who live in the UK. We’re the ones with most to lose, argues The Local's managing editor James Savage. READ  

'Trekker Willi' heads to Norway at 18 km/h
Winfried Langer with his vintage tractor "Robert." Photo:DPA

'Trekker Willi' heads to Norway at 18 km/h

Spring is in the air and Trekker Willi, Germany's answer to Jack Kerouac, is hitting the road again aboard his trusty tractor “Robert” - with a destination well over the horizon. READ  

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  

Video

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  

Schumacher's Norway retreat sold for $3m
A photo from the sale documents. Photo: Screen grab from Finn.no

Schumacher's Norway retreat sold for $3m

The Norwegian mountain holiday home owned by Michael Schumacher has been sold for close to 22 million Norwegian kroner ($2.9m), as the former Formula One star continues his slow recovery in Switzerland. READ  

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'We not ill. No children. We beg for beer'
Adrian Golebiewski poses on Oslo's Karl Johans Gate. Photo: Facebook

'We not ill. No children. We beg for beer'

Two young Polish men have started begging for money in central Oslo with a sign which mocks the many Roma beggars. 'We not ill. We have no children. We beg for beer,' it reads. READ  

Man faces eight years in Norway jihadi trial
This image was posted on one of Ishaq Ahmed's social media profiles. Photo: screen grab

Man faces eight years in Norway jihadi trial

Norwegian prosecutors are seeking an eight-year jail sentence for a jihadist who they say fought for the Islamic State group and an affiliate of Al-Qaeda in Syria, media reported on Tuesday. READ  

Ban Ki-Moon to visit Svalbard in climate move
Ban Ki-Moon on his trip to Svalbard in 2009. Photo: UN/Mark Garten

Ban Ki-Moon to visit Svalbard in climate move

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon plans to visit the Arctic islands of Svalbard next week as part of his preparations for the UN’s Climate Change Conference in Paris in December. READ  

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Dramatic helicopter sea rescue in Norway
The fishing boat was half submerged when the rescue team arrived. Photo: Screen grab

Dramatic helicopter sea rescue in Norway

A video filmed from a rescue helicopter shows how two fishermen were rescued from an inflatable lifeboat after their ship sank on Thursday off the coast of northern Norway. READ  

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Norway player in awesome bicycle kick
Matthias Vilhjalmsson as he executes his extraordinary kick. Photo: Screen Grab from YouTube

Norway player in awesome bicycle kick

Norwegian Elite Series footballer Matthias Vilhjalmsson has pulled off one of the finest bicycle kicks in football history, showing that the technique is not the sole preserve of Latin players. READ  

Norwegians 'have it too good to go abroad'
Jan Grønbech believes Norwegians should work out of the country more often. Photo: Twitter profile

Norwegians 'have it too good to go abroad'

Norwegians are so comfortably off at home that it is almost impossible to get them to take positions abroad, the head of Google in Norway has complained. READ  

Norway sends Catholic church $5m bill
Bernt Eidsvig, the Bishop of Oslo. Photo: Jan-Erik Løken, Wikimedia Commons

Norway sends Catholic church $5m bill

Norway is claiming 4.6 million euros ($5.1 million) compensation from the Catholic church for exaggerating membership numbers to obtain more state aid, the Oslo diocese said on Monday. READ  

Greece crisis
Europe's tourists urged to take cash to Greece
People line up to withdraw cash from an ATM outside a Piraeus Bank branch on the island of Crete, Greece. Photo: Stefanos Rapanis/Reuters

Europe's tourists urged to take cash to Greece

UPDATED: European nations on Sunday told their nationals to carry cash with them when vacationing in Greece as the country hurtles towards a banking crisis. READ  

Norwegian woman murdered in Berlin
A police cordon in Treptower Park in Berlin, just after a body, thought to be of a Norwegian woman in her 30s, was found two weeks ago. Photo: Paul Zinken dpa/picture alliance

Norwegian woman murdered in Berlin

The woman’s body was allegedly found in a suitcase near the River Spree in Treptower Park in Berlin two weeks ago, according to German newspaper, Berliner Zeitung. READ  

Nato spending goal is 'nonsense': Norway PM
Erna Solberg summing up her government's two years in power earlier this month. Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB scanpix

Nato spending goal is 'nonsense': Norway PM

Norway’s Prime Minister has described Nato’s campaign to push member states to spend two percent of GDP on defence as “nonsense”. READ  

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Teacher kills rabbits in front of class
File photo: Larry D. Moore/Wikimedia

Teacher kills rabbits in front of class

Outraged parents and students from Horn, Lower Austria have called for a secondary school teacher to be sacked after he killed two rabbits in front of his class as part of a biology lesson. READ  

Worst Swiss heatwave since 2003 anticipated
Bathers swimming in the Rhine River in Basel, expected to be one of the hottest places in the country. Photo: Basel Tourismus

Worst Swiss heatwave since 2003 anticipated

Switzerland is preparing for the most intense heatwave in almost 12 years with weather experts predicting high temperatures above 35C for the first eight to ten days of July. READ  

Refugee host school bans revealing clothes
Photo: DPA

Refugee host school bans revealing clothes

A school in Bavaria has sent a letter home to parents warning them not to let their daughters wear revealing blouses or short skirts, because emergency accommodation for refugees has been set up next to the gym. READ  

Convicted terrorist loses Danish citizenship
Sam Mansour. Photo: Jeanne Kornum/Scanpix

Convicted terrorist loses Danish citizenship

Sam Mansour, who has been dubbed ‘The Bookseller from Brønshøj’ and ‘al-Qaeda’s PR man in Denmark’, on Wednesday became the first ever Dane to have his citizenship revoked for illegal activity. READ  

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The ten most repressive points of Spain's gag law
Spaniards have been protesting as the country's new "gag law" comes into force. Photo: Dani Pozo/AFP

The ten most repressive points of Spain's gag law

Its many detractors complain that the new "gag law" introduced today harks back to the repressive days of the Franco regime. Here are a list of its most controversial points. READ  

French air traffic controllers call off strike

French air traffic controllers call off strike

Relief for air passengers on Wednesday as French air traffic controllers called off a planned two-day strike that was set to cause travel chaos across Europe on Thursday and Friday. READ  

'Hero' ambulance driver has heart attack at wheel
An Italian ambulance. Photo: Davide Oliva

'Hero' ambulance driver has heart attack at wheel

An ambulance driver in Lazio has been hailed a hero after safely transporting an elderly woman to hospital while himself suffering a heart attack at the wheel. READ  

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Nine exciting activities to do on Sweden's Gotland
Visby, Gotland. Photo: Rodrigo Rivas/Imagebank Sweden

Nine exciting activities to do on Sweden's Gotland

Gotland is in the national spotlight each summer during Sweden's annual politics forum, Almedalen. But here's why it is also one of the nation's favourite tourist spots. READ  

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