NW167: Brievik, Snowden, F-16s and Giant Cod

Norway Weekly 167: Norway's top stories from the last seven days

Hey everyone, greetings from lovely Lofoten. It's taken me almost five years of living in Norway to make it up to this magical place and I can't believe I didn't come sooner. Expect lots of pictures and posts over the coming weeks! In the meantime, let's take a look at the big stories from Norway from the past seven days.

Top Story: Breivik’s human rights violated in prison

A Norwegian court has ruled that the terrorist's prison conditions breach the European convention on human rights article prohibiting degrading treatment.

Snowden to take Norway to court to secure free passage

Reuters reports that Snowden has been invited to Norway to receive a freedom of speech award from the local branch of writers' group PEN International, but is worried that he would be handed over to the United States, his lawyers say.

Immigration Minister jumps in the Aegean Sea to recreate refugee rescue

The publicity stunt from the Progress Party's Sylvi Listhaug was widely criticised in Norway, but the Minister said she wanted to recognise rescuers' work.

Nordic Viking ship ready for Atlantic voyage

The Local reports that the world's largest Viking ship in modern times is about to set sail across the Atlantic, from Haugesund to the United States via Iceland, Greenland and Newfoundland.

Norwegian oil group to slash almost 300 UK jobs

Some 280 oil workers will lose their jobs in Aberdeen and London as Norwegian oil group Aker Solutions continues to slash its headcount.

F-16s shoot up control tower

Norwegian officials are investigating how one of their fighter jets fired on a control tower during exercises over an island north-west of Trondheim.

Cod almighty: the secret of Norway's monster fish bonanza

The catch of giant cod off Norway's Lofoten islands has exploded in recent years, as the fish feast on shoals of capelin thriving in warmer waters, reports the Guardian.


Travel

This German photographer captures Northern Norway’s raw beauty

Hinrich Carstensen is a travel photographer from Hamburg, Germany. He recently spent a couple of weeks travelling through northern Norway, from the borders with Sweden and Finland to the North Cape and right up to the remote Svalbard archipelago.

Drink & dine in Flor & Fjære’s exotic garden

Palm trees and a tropical garden off the coast of Norway might sound ludicrous, but it does in fact exist. Just a short boat trip north of Stavanger is Flor & Fjære.

Norwegian loyalty programme introduces new rewards

The low-cost carrier has added a new set of benefits to its loyalty programme Norwegian Rewards. Benefits start after passengers have completed six flights.

Breathtaking views in Norway's postcard

Agnete Johnsen returned to her hometown Nesseby to record Norway's postcard for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Check out our brand new Facebook page Norway Traveller, where we share inspiring travel photography from across Norway.


Sport

Friday continues fine form in Norway

Nigerian striker Fred Friday continues to lead by example in Norway’s Tippeligaen as he scored yet again for Lillestrøm on match day seven.

Ronny Deila admits Celtic job was too tough for him

The Celtic manager will return to Norway in the summer after defeat to rivals Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final.


Blogs

Film review: Quieter than bombs

From the Norwegian American Weekly: “Joachim Trier’s Louder Than Bombs, which premiered last year at Cannes, is now getting its nationwide release. The Norwegian director’s third feature film explores the impact of the acclaimed war photographer’s death on her husband and children.”

Living the cabin life in the Arctic

From Snow in Tromsø: “Actually, we didn’t know about the ice skating rink before heading to Tromso Camping. We had planned to go on a hike in the valley on our first day and pretty much stumbled upon the rink by accident – and of course decided to give it a try.”

 

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About the Author: David Nikel

Originally from the UK, David now lives in Trondheim and was the original founder of Life in Norway back in 2011. He now works as a freelance writer for technology companies in Scandinavia.

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