Anders Behring Breivik, who admits killing 77 people in Norway last summer, gave chilling details at his trial Friday of the gun rampage in which he systematically shot dead scores of young people.
Without apparent emotion, he recounted firing more bullets into teenagers who were injured and so couldn't escape, killing those who tried to "play dead" and driving others into the sea to drown.
On July 22, 2011, 77 people were killed in the bombing of a government building in central Oslo and a shooting rampage at the Labor Party’s summer youth camp at an island near the capital.
A man described as a right-wing fundamentalist Christian, Anders Behring Breivik, surrendered to the police at the island and later admitted to the killings in both incidents.
Europe is already moving toward more women in the boardroom. In 2003, Norway began the trend by setting a quota of 40 percent for female directors and has already achieved it. While such a forced method may satisfy some, based on one study, the results were not so satisfying.
A University of Michigan study this year found an average 20 percent drop in the stock prices of Norwegian companies that brought in relatively inexperienced women as board members.
The mHealth Alliance, hosted by the United Nations Foundation, announced yesterday that the Norwegian government has pledged US$9.9 million to support the use of innovative mobile technologies to improve maternal and newborn health around the world.
The financial commitment made by Norway's Norad (Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation) will cover a three-year period during which the mHealth Alliance will sponsor competitions and award catalytic grants to organizations that are harnessing the power of mobile technology to improve health outcomes for pregnant women, newborns and children.
Last month, Norway wrapped up one of the largest Arctic maneuvers ever — Exercise Cold Response — with 16,300 troops from 14 countries training on the ice for everything from high intensity warfare to terror threats. Attesting to the harsh conditions, five Norwegian troops were killed when their C-130 Hercules aircraft crashed near the summit of Kebnekaise, Sweden's highest mountain.
Russia and Norway may start granting licences to develop offshore deposits in the Barents Sea and the Arctic Ocean in 2013-14 under a bilateral sea border agreement, Russia’s Natural Resources Ministry said
The Russian-Norwegian agreement on delimiting the sea border and co-operation in the Barents Sea and the Arctic Ocean will come into force on July 7, 2011.
Butter supplies are scarce, and prices have skyrocketed.
A higher demand for butter as a result of low-carb diets and increased interest in natural, home-cooked meals is one reason for the shortage, according to Tine, the country's largest farmer-owned dairy cooperative.
A rainy summer reduced the quality of animal feed, decreasing milk production in Norway this year by 20 million liters (5.3 million gallons) compared with the same period last year, the cooperative said.
Majestic in its history, cosmopolitan in its culture, Oslo is at its best in late spring. Now is the season of all-night daylight; for several weeks, Oslo is the city that never sleeps and couldn't if it wanted to. If you plan on getting some shuteye, don't forget your eye mask.
However, there's a catch. Norway has one of the highest average wages in the world, coupled with a need to import many foodstuffs, so the cost of living is astronomic. It's £2.50 for a bottle of water, £7.50 for a sandwich and £12 for a soup starter, so the shortest stay requires breathtakingly deep pockets.
With a quirky contrariness as deeply etched in the national character as the fjords carved into its rugged landscape, Norway has thrived by going its own way. When others splurged, it saved. When others sought to limit the role of government, Norway strengthened its cradle-to-grave welfare state.
And in the midst of the worst global downturn since the Depression, Norway’s economy grew last year by just under 3 percent. The government enjoys a budget surplus of 11 percent.
Western nations are typically categorized as advocates of liberty, democracy, human rights and tolerance.
The Kingdom of Norway is no exception and prides itself as a universal champion of these noble values.
For instance, in December 2010, the Norwegian government released a 12-page brochure affirming that "The protection of human rights is one of the main pillars of Norwegian foreign policy, and providing support for human rights defenders is a central part of these efforts."