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Norway calls in military to relieve exhausted fire service as one dies fighting forest blaze

Norway calls in military to relieve exhausted fire service as one dies fighting forest blaze

A firefighter has died as a result of his injuries after a reported accident while fighting one of a number of forest fires that raged in Norway during the weekend.

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Breaking down the cost of healthcare in different countries

Breaking down the cost of healthcare in different countries

Ever wonder where illness or injury abroad may set you back the most? Find out how much expats can expect to pay for various medical procedures in different countries. Hint: prices aren’t all the same.

 
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'Tropical' night in Oslo for first time in 15 years

'Tropical' night in Oslo for first time in 15 years

Oslo this week saw night time temperatures defined by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute as ‘tropical’.

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Buses cause chaos at popular Norway tourist spot

Buses cause chaos at popular Norway tourist spot

Four cruise ships and thousands of tourists headed to the popular Fjellstua viewpoint in Ålesund on Wednesday, resulting in police being called to help clear the resultant traffic blockage.

Make this small Mediterranean capital your next city break

Make this small Mediterranean capital your next city break

Valletta, Malta’s small but mighty capital, still feels like one of the Med’s undiscovered gems. But it won’t stay that way for long. The Local’s commercial editor, Sophie Miskiw, explored this year’s Capital of Culture and can’t wait to go back.

 
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Statoil to slash 1,500 jobs to trim losses

Statoil to slash 1,500 jobs to trim losses

Statoil, grappling with plunging global oil prices, plans to cut between 1,100 and 1,500 jobs, or seven percent of its workforce, by the end of 2016, the Norwegian oil giant said Tuesday.

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Eight hacks to turn your next long-haul flight into a holiday

Eight hacks to turn your next long-haul flight into a holiday

While there’s a lot of wisdom to the saying ‘it’s the journey, not the destination’, it’s a safe assumption that most people don’t view the flight itself as the highlight. Which is not to say it shouldn't be.

 
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Norway surprises with launch of 'new Skam' series

Norway surprises with launch of 'new Skam' series

Norway’s national broadcaster NRK on Saturday launched a brand new television series with young adults as its protagonists, echoing the previous hugely successful ‘Skam’.

Irish border after Brexit? How Sweden-Norway keep things smooth

Irish border after Brexit? How Sweden-Norway keep things smooth

Can Sweden and Norway serve as a model for the post-Brexit Irish border?

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Podgora: Something for everyone on the Croatian coast

Podgora: Something for everyone on the Croatian coast

No matter whether you're into hiking, cultural exploration, sports or pure beach relaxation, Podgora is your perfect destination this summer.

 
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Germans celebrate first Wimbledon victory in over 20 years

Germans celebrate first Wimbledon victory in over 20 years

German sports fans still moping over their team's shock defeat at the World Cup were cheered up this weekend as Angelique Kerber became the first German to win Wimbledon in 22 years.

 

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Rolls-Royce sells commercial marine unit to Norwegian group

Rolls-Royce sells commercial marine unit to Norwegian group

British engine maker Rolls-Royce announced Friday it has agreed to sell its troubled commercial marine business to Norwegian industrial group Kongsberg for £500 million (566 million euros).

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In pictures: Twelve stunning Scandinavian swimming pools

In pictures: Twelve stunning Scandinavian swimming pools

If you're going to own a swimming pool in a Nordic nation, you may as well do it with style. Houzz.se editor in chief Sara Norrman takes a look at some of Scandinavia’s most striking pools.

Barack Obama to visit Norway in September

Barack Obama to visit Norway in September

Former US President Barack Obama is to visit Norway in the autumn, where he will speak at Oslo Business Forum.

Norway wants to be stricter on immigrants who don’t learn Norwegian

Norway wants to be stricter on immigrants who don’t learn Norwegian

Norway’s government wants to tighten rules on social welfare payments to foreign citizens, the country’s finance minister has said.

Norway forward Elyounoussi gets Premier League move

Norway forward Elyounoussi gets Premier League move

Southampton have signed Norway forward Mohamed Elyounoussi from Swiss club Basel in a deal worth a reported £16 million ($21 million).

Children from minority backgrounds improved in Norwegian reading tests: agency

Children from minority backgrounds improved in Norwegian reading tests: agency

The performance of children from immigrant backgrounds in Norwegian national reading tests has improved, but is still below the overall level.

Panama World Cup team hotel raided during Oslo match

Panama World Cup team hotel raided during Oslo match

At around the time that World Cup minnows Panama were playing Norway in Oslo this week, thieves were busy rifling their Oslo hotel rooms, police said on Thursday.

Quiz: Easter in Norway

Quiz: Easter in Norway

How well do you know Easter traditions in Norway? Test your knowledge with our Easter quiz!

Norwegian authorities reject new motor neurone disease medicine

Norwegian authorities reject new motor neurone disease medicine

Approval has been rejected for the use of the compound edaravone to treat motor neurone disease in Norway.

Facebook, Google 'manipulate' users to share data despite EU law: Norwegian study

Facebook, Google 'manipulate' users to share data despite EU law: Norwegian study

Facebook and Google are pushing users to share private information by offering "invasive" and limited default options despite new EU data protection laws aimed at giving users more control and choice, a Norwegian government study said Wednesday.

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Braving Norway's cold: Surfing above the Arctic Circle

Braving Norway's cold: Surfing above the Arctic Circle

The water is just four degrees Celsius, but some surf almost every day in the frigid waves off the coast of Norwegian islands above the Arctic Circle.