Svalbard residents evacuated ahead of ‘extreme’ storm

Svalbard residents evacuated ahead of ‘extreme’ storm

Residents in parts of Longyearbyen were evacuated on Monday and several roads were closed ahead of predicted heavy rains in the Svalbard archipelago in the heart of the Norwegian Arctic.

New claims of Facebook censorship in Norway

New claims of Facebook censorship in Norway

Just two months after Facebook found itself in the centre of an international controversy after censoring posts in Norway, the social media giant has banned another prominent Norwegian for posting a photo that included nudity.

Michael Björklund: ‘Being a chef is crazy work’
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Michael Björklund: ‘Being a chef is crazy work’

Chef Michael Björklund tells The Local how he incorporates the uniqueness of the Åland islands into his cooking – and what more Nordic chefs need to do to put their food on the global map.

Mette Helbæk: ‘We have a basic human need to connect’
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Mette Helbæk: ‘We have a basic human need to connect’

Minimalism permeates Nordic culture, from design to small talk to food. But what is it about such simple cuisine that keeps Nordic restaurants fully booked? Star Danish chef Mette Helbæk tells The Local about simplicity, sustainability, and the beauty of scarcity.

Marianne Vikkula: the unlikely Nordic startup star
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Marianne Vikkula: the unlikely Nordic startup star

Marianne Vikkula had dreams of being a star gymnast. Find how how a chance volunteer gig led to her heading up Slush, the Nordic tech event that's spreading across the globe.

Terje Håkonsen: ‘I try to make everything count’
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Terje Håkonsen: ‘I try to make everything count’

Meet Terje Håkonsen, the daredevil Norwegian who helped make snowboarding into a global phenomenon and who’s now trying to revolutionize how we think about sustainability – one birthday party at a time.

Nearly 3,000 left without power after winter storm hits Norway

Nearly 3,000 left without power after winter storm hits Norway

Over 2,7000 households in Agder were still without power on Monday morning after heavy snowfall downed trees in the area.

Katrin Ottarsdóttir: ‘Loneliness gives me strength’
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Katrin Ottarsdóttir: ‘Loneliness gives me strength’

Pioneering filmmaker Katrin Ottarsdóttir tells The Local about Nordic cinema, making the Faroe Islands' first feature film, and why she has no desire to make it in Hollywood.