Monthly Archives: April 2014

Saudi Arabia slams Norway on human rights

April 30th, 2014 (0)
Norway’s human rights record came in for sharp criticism during a UN hearing on Monday, with Saudi Arabia and Russia weighing in to highlight the country’s shortcomings. Saudi Arabia and other Islamic countries accused Norway of doing too little ...

Norway to launch world’s first Arctic whisky

April 30th, 2014 (0)
A group of enthusiastic amateurs plans to launch the world’s first Arctic whiskey distillery on the tiny island of Myken off the coast of far-northern Norway. Roar Larsen, who in his day job works as the chief scientist at ...

Progress’s Per Sandberg is ‘a pus boil': colleague

April 30th, 2014 (0)
A damaging row has broken out within Norway’s government Progress Party, with one of its most senior figures publicly denouncing its deputy leader as “a pussy boil” in the organization. Louis Edvardsen, who leads the party in Lenvik, near ...

Huge Arctic island estate on sale in Norway

April 30th, 2014 (0)
Fancy owning your own Arctic paradise more than twice the size of Manhattan, complete with coal mine, minor mountain chain and occasional polar bear? A secretive family from Bergen, Norway, has quietly put a vast 217 square kilometre swathe ...

Norway government puts Utøya memorial on hold

April 29th, 2014 (0)
Norway’s government on Monday yielded to protests against the controversial planned memorial to those murdered in the Utøya gun massacre, delaying the start of work on the scheme for a year. Parents of several of the young people who ...

Statement at the 19th Session of the Universal Periodic Review Working Group

April 28th, 2014 (0)
Mr President, It is an honour for me to be here in connection with Norway’s second Universal Periodic Review. Norway has strongly supported the UPR mechanism as an important pillar of the Human Rights Council. The UPR process provides ...

New agreement on Norwegian support for UN human rights efforts

April 28th, 2014 (0)
In Geneva today, Foreign Minister Børge Brende and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay signed an agreement under which Norway will provide NOK 250 million to support the UN’s human rights efforts over the next three years. ...

INTERVIEW: From Utøya to Eurovision

April 26th, 2014 (0)
The Local talks to Mohamed ‘Mo’ Farah Abdi, the Utøya survivor and X Factor star, about the song he hopes to take to the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen. Mohamed ‘Mo’ Farah Abdi doesn’t want to talk about what ...

Carlsen: Norway’s chess superstar

April 26th, 2014 (0)
As a prodigal genius and fashion model, newly-crowned world chess champion Magnus Carlsen has already lit up the game and has now added the world crown to his list of achievements. The Norwegian world number one earned his maiden ...

Norway’s biggest bank sells out of Russia

April 26th, 2014 (0)
Norway’s biggest bank DNB announced on Friday the sale of its Russian assets as part of a strategic repositioning, but said that this was not connected to the crisis over Ukraine. The bank sold five retail banking units employing ...
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