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Planning blooper halts cathedral construction

Residents of Alta in northern Norway had their faith in the authorities shaken by a planning blunder that has halted the construction of a 120 million kroner ($21 million) church.

Planning blooper halts cathedral construction
Illustration: Signatur Arkitekter AS

A terrible measuring mistake has forced builders to stop working on the partially built Northern Lights Cathedral. The town’s eager planners — not builders or the architect — put it too close by several metres to a community swimming pool on one side and a road on the other.

The need for an expensive new church was disputed from the start. When Alta residents were consulted, they asked for a school kitchen, music room and just a plain classroom for students who had to brave the icy winter air to walk to classes every day at a nearby school. Winters are extreme in Alta, a town situated 1,900 kilometres north of the capital Oslo.

The challenging church was due to be built by Christmas 2012. Builders, using techniques described as “advanced”, face little that is plumb or square in the complicated, Crypton-like design.

Now the main building contractor awaits the go-ahead to resume work amid mounting costs.

"I don't want to comment on the amount but it's costing us quite a lot," Eirik Kivijervi from building firm Ulf Kivijervi AS told local newspaper Altaposten on Thursday.

"Today we're securing the building site, then we're sending the guys home because we have other work for them," he said.

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Some 62,000 thousand of Norway’s 300,000 students responded to the survey.

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She will be questioned on Tuesday. A public defender has been appointed. 

Six police cars attended the scene at a small housing association in the centre of Halden.

A person found in the same apartment is being questioned as a witness.

Network provider Telenor’s revenues down 2.1 billion kroner compared to last year

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However, the country’s new military regime shut down the mobile network on March 15th.

“In Myanmar, we are experiencing a confusing and uncertain situation. We are deeply concerned about the development in the country,” The company stated in its quarterly report.

Norway and Sweden in reindeer border dispute

Swedish Sami reindeer herders will appear in court this week in a case against the Ministry of Agriculture and Food.

The Swedish Sami herders believe they have exclusive rights to grazing areas across the Norwegian border because they have lived in the surrounding area for hundreds of years. The Norwegian government rejects these claims.

The reindeer grazing convention will be central to the case; the convention facilitates mutual cross-border grazing for reindeer herds.

Sweden withdrew from the convention in 2005. However, Norway enshrined the convention in law in 2005.

483 Coronavirus infections recorded

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This is down from 1150 cases registered during the peak of Norway’s third wave on March 16th.

This is partly because fewer infections are registered during weekends and public holidays, causing an uptick on Mondays.

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