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Norway to pull $900bn oil fund out of coal
A coal mining operation run by Peabody Energy, one of the world's few pure-play coal miners. Photo: Peabody Energy

Norway to pull $900bn oil fund out of coal

Norway’s parliament has unanimously agreed that the country’s $900bn oil fund should pull out of its investments in coal companies to help limit climate change. READ  

Norway jumps Sweden in 'global competitiveness'
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Norway jumps Sweden in 'global competitiveness'

Norway has been crowned the best place to do business in Scandinavia by Switzerland’s IMD business school, leaping three places since last year’s ranking to overtake its rival Sweden. READ  

Two monkeys stolen from Oslo Reptile Park
Harry, the cotton tail tamarin, and his brother Thomas, who remains at the park. Photo: Oslo Reptile Park

Two monkeys stolen from Oslo Reptile Park

Two marmoset monkeys have been stolen in a break-in at a reptile centre in Oslo, with their keeper fearing that they may already have died from the trauma. READ  

'We are lucky to have Stoltenberg': Obama
Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in conversation with US President Barack Obama in the Oval Office in the White House in Washington Tuesday. Photo: Cornelius Poppe / NTB scanpix

'We are lucky to have Stoltenberg': Obama

Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg saluted US President Barack Obama for helping to push through “the biggest reinforcement of our collective defence since the end of the Cold War” as the two met in Washington on Tuesday. READ  

Al Pacino pulls out of 'Nazi' Knut Hamsun play
Al Pacino at the Rome Film Festival in 2008. Photo: Andrea Ricca/Flickr

Al Pacino pulls out of 'Nazi' Knut Hamsun play

American acting legend Al Pacino has pulled out of a stage adaptation of ’Hunger’, the dark psychological novel by Norway’s Knut Hamsun, because of the writer’s enthusiastic support for Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. READ  

World’s biggest elk statue arrives in Oslo
The Big Elk under construction in China late last year. Photo: Linda Bakke

World’s biggest elk statue arrives in Oslo

Oslo this week took delivery of the world's largest elk sculpture, a ten-metre-high beast in shimmering steel which stands 30cm taller than its Canadian rival 'Mac the Moose'. READ  

'Use Myanmar aid to save Rohingya': Tutu in Oslo
Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former Breivik defence lawyer Geir Lippestad speaking at the conference in Oslo Concert Hall. Photo: Berit Roald / NTB scanpix

'Use Myanmar aid to save Rohingya': Tutu in Oslo

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu has called in Oslo for international aid to Myanmar to be linked to the plight of the country's persecuted Rohingya minority. READ  

Norway alone in sending Eritrean refugees home
Eritreans demonstrate in Segels Torg, Stockholm for Dawit Isaak, the Swedish journalist imprisoned by Eritrean authorities. Photo: JANERIK HENRIKSSON / SCANPIX

Norway alone in sending Eritrean refugees home

Norway's right-wing government is negotiating a deal with Eritrea's repressive regime which would see asylum seekers from the country forcibly returned, even though a UN report maintains that they could face torture. READ  

Kenya accuses Norway of 'supporting terror'
Dennis Itumbi, Director of Digital Communications for Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenya accuses Norway of 'supporting terror'

A senior media official in the Kenyan government has accused Norway of “supporting Terrorism” with a post on Twitter whose hashtag by Monday afternoon briefly became the top trending topic in the country’s vibrant community of Twitter users. READ  

Man rowing entire coast of Norway
Kjell Tore Solvang takes a short break during his long journey. Photo: Kjell Tore Solvang/Facebook

Man rowing entire coast of Norway

A Norwegian man has embarked on a mission to row the entire length of Norway, from the Swedish border in the south to the Russian border in the north. READ  

Features
Opinion
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

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  

More News
Mystery skull decapitated as sacrifice: experts
Police immediately cordoned off the area of Kyrkjetangen where the skull was found. Photo: Marit Hommedal / NTB scanpix

Mystery skull decapitated as sacrifice: experts

A skull found by two walkers at a popular seaside park in Bergen may have belonged to an iron age woman who had been ritually decapitated in a human sacrifice, archeologists have concluded. READ  

Odegaard youngest ever Real Madrid debutant
Martin Ødegaard on the bench at the Estadio Bernabeu before Real Madrid's match against Almería last month. Photo: EFE / NTB scanpix

Odegaard youngest ever Real Madrid debutant

Norwegian football prodigy Martin Ødegaard on Saturday night became the youngest player ever to debut for Real Madrid, taking to the pitch against Getafe at just 16 years, five months and six days old. READ  

Brexit
Brits abroad will get to vote in EU referendum
UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who has announced that UK citizens living abroad for less than 15 years will be allowed to vote in the EU referendum. Photo: Ben Stansall/AFP

Brits abroad will get to vote in EU referendum

British nationals who have been living abroad for less than 15 years will be allowed to vote in the EU referendum, while EU citizens in the UK will have no say on whether the UK stays in the European Union. READ  

Eurovision 2015
Sweden wins 2015 Eurovision Song Contest
Eurovision winner Måns Zelmerlöw. Photo: AFP

Sweden wins 2015 Eurovision Song Contest

Måns Zelmerlöw won the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday night, edging out Russia in a close race to the finish line. READ  

Norway overtakes Russia in European gas
A receiving terminal operated by Norway's Gassco. Photo: Gassco

Norway overtakes Russia in European gas

Norway has overtaken Russia as the leading supplier of gas to western Europe, according to data collected by Reuters from Norway’s state gas network operator Gassco and Russian state company Gazprom. READ  

Oslo woman 'cut up frozen mother with a saw'
A snow-covered garden (note: this garden is in no way connected to the crime committed in the story). Photo: Timo Newton-Syms/Flickr

Oslo woman 'cut up frozen mother with a saw'

A 62-year-old woman in Oslo has been charged for leaving the body of mother outside until it was frozen solid and then attempting to saw her legs off. READ  

Video
Norway man in 'human flag' stunt over waterfall
Eskil Rønningsbakken beginning his stunt over the Vettisfossen waterfall. Photo: Screen Grab

Norway man in 'human flag' stunt over waterfall

Norwegian extreme balancing artist Eskil Rønningsbakken has performed his terrifying 'human flag' stunt over a 275-meter waterfall without safety equipment. READ  

Oslo builds world's first bumblebee highway
A bumlebee lands on an Echinacea flower. Photo: Swallowtail Garden Seeds/Flickr

Oslo builds world's first bumblebee highway

The Norwegian capital has inaugurated the world's first 'bumble bee highway', a corridor through the city pollen stations every 250 meters. READ  

Day care worker charged with abusing 11 kids
The playground in the kindergarten in Tromsø where the man worked. Photo:Morten Bjørnbakk / NTB scanpix

Day care worker charged with abusing 11 kids

A man in Tromsø has been charged with sexually abusing at least eleven children at the kindergarten where he worked, in a case which has alarmed Norway. READ  

Norway start-up founder in multi-million sell-out
The WooThemes team celebrating the sale. Photo: WooThemes

Norway start-up founder in multi-million sell-out

Norwegian start-up entrepreneur Magnus Jepson has sold WooThemes, his Wordpress template company, for a rumoured price of around $50m (400m Norwegian kroner) making him an instant multi-millionaire.. READ  

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From our other editions:
Man dead after fatal shooting on Vienna tram
Photo: Andrew Nash/Wikimedia

Man dead after fatal shooting on Vienna tram

One man was killed and another seriously injured in a shooting on a tram car in Vienna on Sunday evening. READ  

Four Swiss bathing areas 'unfit' for swimmers
Photo: Sempachseetri

Four Swiss bathing areas 'unfit' for swimmers

Three beaches in Lausanne by the shores of Lake Geneva and an area of the Rhine River in Kaiseraugst in the canton of Aargau have water unfit for swimming, a new European Environment Agency (EEA) study says. READ  

Police seize tiny lamb from Munich brothel
Photo: Polizei Bayern

Police seize tiny lamb from Munich brothel

Police in Munich raided a brothel after it was reported that a prostitute there possessed contraband. During their search they found marijuana, other narcotics... and a three-week-old lamb. READ  

The Local List
My Danish habits that foreigners just don't get
Their love of bikes and the Danish flag make the list, but what else? Photo: Colourbox

My Danish habits that foreigners just don't get

Do you find the Danes a bit weird? The Local's Nick Bojesen Jensen, who has just returned to Denmark after years abroad, lists ten Danish traits that leave his foreign friends bemused. READ  

Election results
Ada Colau, Barcelona's 'Indignada' protest mayor
Ada Colau, Barcelona's new 'indignada' protest mayor. Photo: Quique Garcia/AFP

Ada Colau, Barcelona's 'Indignada' protest mayor

A career spent pounding the streets in anti-austerity campaigns has brought Ada Colau close to leading one of Spain's most powerful and most visited cities, Barcelona. READ  

The ten Paris streets you just have to walk down
How many of these unforgettable streets have YOU seen? Photo: Loïc Lagarde/Flickr

The ten Paris streets you just have to walk down

Paris is best explored on foot - so we asked the experts at Localers walking tours to come up with a list of the most unmissable streets in the French capital. See how many you have walked along. (No, the Champs Elysées is not one of them). READ  

Italian town sets new Tiramisù record
Photo: Gemona Turismo

Italian town sets new Tiramisù record

The northern Italian town of Gemona has set the record for the largest Tiramisù in culinary history. READ  

Sweden ladies red-faced over infectious 'clap' tag
The Swedish women's national football team. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/TT

Sweden ladies red-faced over infectious 'clap' tag

Swedish is a peculiar language, and translating expressions into English can be tricky, as most expats know. The women's national football team got a taste of this on Tuesday, when their international slogan inadvertently encouraged fans to spread gonorrhoea around Sweden. READ  

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