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Norway signs deal to rent Dutch prison places
Norgerhaven Veenhuizen prison in The Netherlands. Photo: Dutch Ministry of Justice

Norway signs deal to rent Dutch prison places

Norway will on Monday sign a deal to rent 242 prison places in The Netherlands, hoping to cut the queue of Norwegian criminals waiting to serve their sentences. READ  

BBC to run Norway-inspired 'slow week'
The Hurtigruten ferry makes its way through the Trollfjorden. Photo: NRK

BBC to run Norway-inspired 'slow week'

In what must rank as one of the most unlikely televisual transfers in history, Britain’s BBC has jumped onto Norway's 'Slow TV' trend, scheduling a 'slow week' in June featuring programming inspired by NRK’s snail-paced spectaculars. READ  

Norwegian slammed for 'unethical' strikebreaking
Norwegian chief executive Bjørn Kjos at a press conference at Oslo's Fornebu airport on Saturday. Photo: Jon Olav Nesvold / NTB scanpix

Norwegian slammed for 'unethical' strikebreaking

Norwegian Air Shuttle on Saturday faced down its first ever pilot strike by transferring staff from desk jobs and subsidiaries in other countries to keep flights running normally, a move unions decried as “unacceptable” and “unethical”. READ  

'Strip mosques of subsidies': Progress MP
Oslo's Jamaat Ahle Sunnat mosque where preaching could soon come under Progress Party scrutiny.

'Strip mosques of subsidies': Progress MP

A senior politician in the Norwegian government’s second party has proposed stripping mosques of government subsidies and closing the Koran schools attached to them if they are shown to preach “classical Shariah law”. READ  

'I am dyslexic and I write it myself': Norway PM

'I am dyslexic and I write it myself': Norway PM

A man who ridiculed the spelling of the 'assistant' managing Prime Minister Erna Solberg's Facebook account was knocked squarely into place when she replied that she had written the post herself, adding that she suffered from dyslexia. READ  

Islamist seized for praising Paris attacks
Mullah Krekar and his wife Rokosh at a court hearing in January. Photo: Gorm Kallestad/NTB scanpix

Islamist seized for praising Paris attacks

Norwegian islamist Mullah Krekar was arrested at his home in Oslo on Thursday evening after telling Norway’s NRK that the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks made him “happy” and that anyone who made cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed deserved to die. READ  

Free night in a designer cabin anyone?
The Tubakuba in location. Photo: Tumblr

Free night in a designer cabin anyone?

Anyone with children can get a night in the architecturally inspired Tubakuba cabin, with its stunning location on a mountainside overlooking Bergen, absolutely free. READ  

Norway's top Catholic accused in fraud case
Bernt Eidsvig, the Bishop of Oslo. Photo: Jan-Erik Løken, Wikimedia Commons

Norway's top Catholic accused in fraud case

Norwegian police raided the premises of the Catholic Church Thursday on suspicion it had inflated membership figures for years to fraudulently claim six million euros in illegitimate state funding. READ  

Russia rehearses air battle over Barents Sea
Russian MiG-31 aircraft in a 'foxhound formation' at Russia's Zhukovsky airshow in 2012. Photo: Alan Wilson/Flickr

Russia rehearses air battle over Barents Sea

Russia's airforce started exercises that will involve jets striking back against a "supposed enemy" over the Barents Sea that borders Norway, the country's military said on Thursday. READ  

Breivik loses lawyer over 'unrealistic' demands
Geir Lippestad outside Norway's Skien prison, where Anders Behring Breivik is currently being held. Photo: Peder Gjersøe / NTB Scanpix

Breivik loses lawyer over 'unrealistic' demands

Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has broken with his long-standing defence lawyer Geir Lippestad as the law firm was preparing to launch a new law suit aimed at freeing their client from solitary confinement. READ  

Features

A-ha! The Norwegian super-group is back!

One of Norway's most famous pop bands, A-ha, will reunite this summer for their 30th anniversary, the group announced on Thursday. READ  

Interview

The key to happiness: pain, politics and poverty

Long, dark winter nights, the government getting you down, and Christmas bringing an endless cycle of shopping and debt? Well, latest research reveals suffering, bad politicians, and money problems can actually make you happier. The Local meets Professor Joar Vittersø of the Arctic University in Tromsø, who explains why being happy is more about sufferance than smiles. READ  

The Local List
Ten reasons why Norway is king of the world
Royal reasons why Norway is the world's best 'kingdom'. File photo of a king: Shutterstock

Ten reasons why Norway is king of the world

Norway has more than just government wealth making it officially the most prosperous country in the world. But The Local discovers it's far more than just oil money making this Nordic nation a world-beater. READ  

Explore Norway
10 best places to visit in North Norway this winter

10 best places to visit in North Norway this winter

Northern Norway this month made the Lonely Planet's Top 5 list for best regions for travellers to go to in 2015. The Local takes a tour of one of Europe's most scenic destinations and reveals some of the coolest places to see and things to do in the Arctic Circle and beyond. READ  

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Meet Norway's kings of rainwear
T-Michael (left) and Alexander Helle of fashion label Norwegian Rain. Photo: Norwegian Rain

Meet Norway's kings of rainwear

The design duo behind Norwegian Rain, Norway's award-winning fashion brand, tell The Local how making rainwear that is both functional and stylish is not all grey skies. READ  

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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  

Norway hones armed forces for Russia threat
Fighter jets from various Nato countries fly in Northern Norway during an informal meet of the Nato Tigers in 2012. Photo: Nato Tigers

Norway hones armed forces for Russia threat

Norway is restructuring its armed forces to respond faster to possible Russian aggression, the country’s defence minister told the Guardian on a visit to London on Wednesday. READ  

Utøya to host first youth camp since 2011 attack
The planned memorial point on Utøya. Photo: AUF

Utøya to host first youth camp since 2011 attack

Norway’s Labour Party Youth League (AUF) on Wednesday outlined its plans for the first annual summer camp on the island of Utøya since 2011, when mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik unleashed a brutal gun massacre at the event, killing 69 people. READ  

'I didn't go to Syria because I was a Muslim'
Valon Avdyli (far left) alongside co-defendant Djibril Bashir.

'I didn't go to Syria because I was a Muslim'

A Norwegian on trial for fighting with the banned terror group Isis, has told an Oslo court that he went to Syria out of of anger at the “injustice” of the Assad regime, and that it had “nothing to do with becoming a Muslim”. READ  

Gerbils not rats caused Black Death: Oslo Uni
Could this innocent creature be to blame for killing up to 60 percent of Europe's population? Photo: Shankar S/Flickr

Gerbils not rats caused Black Death: Oslo Uni

Forget what you learnt in school: rats were not to blame for the Bubonic Plague that wiped out a third of Europe’s population in the 1300s and then struck regularly for 400 years. The real culprit, according to a University of Oslo study, is the gerbil. READ  

Oil slump hits Norway consumer confidence
This is the site of the proposed onshore receiving terminal for oil from Statoil's Johan Castberg field. The company has put the project on hold pending a rebound in the oil price. Photo: Jan-Morten B

Oil slump hits Norway consumer confidence

Norwegians expect the country to struggle financially this year according to the latest survey by Finance Norway, as the slump in the oil price brings consumer confidence to its lowest point since the 2008 financial crisis. READ  

Norwegian faces first ever pilot strike
Norwegian is increasingly hiring crews from low cost countries such as Thailand and Eastern Europe. Photo: Norwegian Air Shuttle

Norwegian faces first ever pilot strike

Norwegian Air Shuttle could see its first ever strike by pilots on Sunday, if it fails to end more than three months of fruitless negotiations and strike a deal with unions. READ  

Norwegians sued for $600m US ponzi scheme
A Zeek Rewards advert. Photo: Zeek Rewards

Norwegians sued for $600m US ponzi scheme

Twelve Norwegians are being sued in the US after cashing out more than 13 million kroner ($1.7m) from ZeekRewards, a giant US ponzi scheme wound up in 2012. READ  

Norway lobbies Britain to stay in European Union
Norwegian Europe Minister Vidar Helgesen. Photo: Norway government

Norway lobbies Britain to stay in European Union

Norway this week warned the UK not to leave the European Union, arguing that after Russia's recent aggression a British exit would dangerously undermine regional security. READ  

Norway starts first trial under anti-jihadist law
30-year-old Djibril Bashir (far left) with Norwegian IS leader Bastian Vasquez (far right) and two other jihadis. Photo: Police evidence

Norway starts first trial under anti-jihadist law

The first prosecution in Norway of returned jihadists accused of fighting for the banned terror group Isis began on Tuesday at Oslo City Court, with the first defendant claiming he had only travelled to Syria to provide humanitarian aid. READ  

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UN weighs in on 'unjust' disabled access case
Simon Bacher. Photo: Sue Bacher

UN weighs in on 'unjust' disabled access case

The United Nations has asked Austria for an explanation after a British woman complained that her 25-year-old disabled son has been left stranded in their home every time there is bad weather because of bureaucratic red tape. READ  

Swiss businessman charged in art fraud case
Dmitry Rybolovlev with unidentified woman at Monaco football game last year. Photo: AFP

Swiss businessman charged in art fraud case

A prominent Swiss businessman was on Saturday charged in connection with an alleged art fraud targeting Russian oligarch and football club owner Dmitry Rybolovlev. READ  

One fifth of Germans want revolution: report
A left-wing demo in Leipzig in May 2014. Photo: DPA

One fifth of Germans want revolution: report

One in five Germans believe that a revolution would be the only way to truly reform society, a study released by the Free University of Berlin on Monday shows. READ  

New SAS strike cancels Copenhagen flights
For the second time this week, passengers are paying the price for SAS conflicts. Photo: Nikolai Linares/Scanpix

New SAS strike cancels Copenhagen flights

Just three days after a strike by the baggage crew, SAS's cabin personnel has now walked out on the job leading to a fresh round of flight cancellations on Friday. READ  

Central Spain rumbles as earthquake hits

Central Spain rumbles as earthquake hits

An earthquake with a magnitute measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale was felt from Madrid to Murcia on Monday afternoon. READ  

Drones fly over Paris landmarks during night
At least five drones were detected flying over specific areas of Paris on Monday night into Tuesday. Photo: Rahims/FLickr

Drones fly over Paris landmarks during night

Paris police were hunting on Tuesday for clues after several drones were flown over specific Paris landmarks in the early hours of Tuesday, including the Eiffel Tower and the American Embassy. READ  

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Purrfect catch: Italian twins land giant catfish
Dino Ferrari with the giant catfish. Photo: Sportex Italia

Purrfect catch: Italian twins land giant catfish

Twin Italian brothers came within a whisker of a European record when they reeled in a catfish weighing 127kg in northern Italy’s River Po – with just a fishing rod. READ  

Swede's 21st balloons dubbed 'IS' propaganda
The balloons that Sarah Ericsson had up in her window. Photo: Private

Swede's 21st balloons dubbed 'IS' propaganda

After Sarah Ericsson hung up balloons in the shape of the number '21' for her birthday, her home was paid a visit by Swedish police who thought they stood for 'IS' and had been put up by supporters of the Islamic State extremist group. READ  

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