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World's Happiest Country Is No Longer Denmark

Congrats, Norway

(Newser) - The Danes are no longer residents of the happiest nation. The latest World Happiness Report gives the new No. 1 ranking to Norway, thanks to factors including a sense of community, low unemployment, low income inequality, and a per-person annual income of $100,000, reports USA Today . The latter figure,... More »

News Site Forces Users to Pass Quiz Before Commenting

NRkbeta staff says the quiz is making comments more civil

(Newser) - Pretty much every news site is looking for ways to make its comments section less of a cesspool, from linking comments to users' Facebook pages to just getting rid of commenting altogether. Business Insider reports Norwegian public broadcaster NRk recently debuted a novel solution: a three-question multiple choice quiz about... More »

Norway Mass Killer Doesn't Have It So Bad: Appeals Court

Anders Behring Breivik isn't being kept in 'inhuman' conditions, court rules

(Newser) - Anders Behring Breivik isn't being kept in inhuman conditions after all. An Oslo court had agreed last April with the Norwegian mass killer's contention that his imprisonment was "degrading," mainly because he was kept in almost total isolation from other prisoners. On Wednesday, however, an appeals... More »

Stolen 'Work Sets You Free' Gate Back at Dachau

Famous wrought-iron gate was found under a tarp in a Norwegian parking lot

(Newser) - The wrought-iron gate to the Nazis' Dachau concentration camp, which prompted an international outcry when it was stolen more than two years ago, has been returned to the German memorial site. The gate, bearing the slogan "Arbeit macht frei," ("Work sets you free"), was located in... More »

One 2-Ton Whale Was No Match for 30 Plastic Bags

Bags, other waste found in stomach of euthanized whale in Norway

(Newser) - Norwegian zoologists have found about 30 plastic bags and other plastic waste in the stomach of a beaked whale that had beached on a southwestern Norway coast, the AP reports. The visibly sick, 2-ton goose-beaked whale was euthanized, Terje Lislevand of Bergen University said Friday. "The [whale's] stomach... More »

US Marines Land in Norway, and Russia Isn't Pleased

'The relationship between Norway and Russia is put to a test now,' says Russian rep

(Newser) - Poland isn't the only country in Europe welcoming US troops. About 300 Marines arrived in Norway on Monday, marking the first time since World War II that foreign troops have been stationed in the country, reports Reuters . The mission is to last one year, with the first batch of... More »

Killer Breivik 'Shocked' by Own Prison Writings

Neo-Nazi says he's become 'more radical' as state appeals ruling that isolation is 'inhuman'

(Newser) - Anders Behring Breivik says even he is "shocked by many of the things I have written" over the nearly six years he's spent in Skien prison for his 2011 massacre of 77 people. The Norwegian neo-Nazi says he's become "stranger" and "a lot more radical"... More »

With 66% Opposed, Norway Starts Killing FM Radio

Digital radio costs the same, can host more channels

(Newser) - Norway is entering the history books with a radio-related first: The country is shutting down its FM radio network in favor of digital-only transmissions, reports the Local . The country will begin cutting its FM network on Wednesday, starting with the northern city of Bodo, before moving south. All five national... More »

Santa's Reindeer Are Shrinking

Blame warmer temperatures, say scientists

(Newser) - Santa might need to recruit a few extra reindeer this year. According to Scottish scientists, Arctic reindeer are shrinking in size. Scientists weighed 135 reindeer on Norway's Svalbard archipelago, about 800 miles from the North Pole, each April from 1994 to 2015 and found the animals shrank from 121... More »

Authorities Think They've Found Infamous Nazi Gate

It was stolen from the Dachau memorial in Germany in 2014

(Newser) - Two years ago when someone stole an infamous iron gate from the former Nazi concentration camp at Dachau, Angela Merkel called the theft "appalling" and the director of the Dachau memorial said it was a "deliberate, reprehensible attempt to deny and obliterate the memory of the crimes."... More »

The World's 10 Richest Countries

The US just makes the list

(Newser) - While some countries are rich in culture and history, others are actually rich. 24/7 Wall St. has compiled a list of the world's 25 wealthiest countries based on gross national income, which it says is a "more useful measure of national wealth" than gross domestic product. The site... More »

Norway Refuses to Gift Finland Even One Measly Mountain

Semantics put a stop to a fun birthday idea

(Newser) - Norwegians made the news late last year with an innovative proposal to celebrate Finland's 100th birthday by gifting their neighboring country the summit of Mount Halti , which sits on the border of the two Scandinavian countries. Most of the mountain is already in Finnish territory, the Independent reports. While... More »

Norway PM Busted Playing Pokemon Go in Parliament

"We ladies can do two things at the same time you know," says another Pokemon-obsessed pol

(Newser) - Another Norwegian politician has been nabbed playing Pokemon Go when she should be policy-making. This time it was Prime Minister Erna Solberg, who was snapped tapping away at her phone Tuesday during a debate in Parliament, the Guardian reports. It's not necessarily that the debate was a snooze. Solberg,... More »

Tesla Owners Sue, Say Car Not 'Insane' Enough

Model S acceleration mode doesn't go fast enough, Norway suit says

(Newser) - Tesla owners in Norway are suing the electric-car maker, claiming the car's "insane mode" of acceleration is too, well, sane. The lawsuit filed by 126 owners of the P85D version of the Model S sedan says it falls short of claims it can go from 0 to 60mph... More »

Black Metal Frontman Accidentally Elected to Town Council

Fenriz of Darkthrone has a new gig, is less than pleased

(Newser) - The frontman of Darkthrone, a Norwegian "black metal" band , has accidentally gotten himself elected to his local town council, Pitchfork reports. As Glyve "Fenriz" Nagell explained to Clrvynt last week, "basically, they called and asked if I wanted to be on the list [of backup representatives]. I... More »

Outrage After Facebook Censors 'Napalm Girl' Photo

Editor accuses Mark Zuckerberg of 'abusing your power'

(Newser) - Norway's largest newspaper is blasting Facebook for deleting an iconic photograph of a naked child during the Vietnam War from its Facebook page—and suspending the writer who posted it. The photo by Nick Ut showing children fleeing a napalm attack triggered Facebook censors because the central figure is... More »

A Gruesome Scene in Norway: 323 Dead Reindeer

Local officials believe animals were killed in freak lightning strike(s)

(Newser) - In a story Sputnik News is labeling "Thor vs. Santa," a Norwegian environmental official making his rounds south of Hardangervidda on Friday stumbled upon a gruesome sight: more than 300 dead reindeer, apparently victims of a lightning strike, the Local reports.The reindeer— known as caribou in North... More »

Man Trapped in 'Pretty Full' Toilet After Trying to Get Phone

'It was disgusting as hell'

(Newser) - There are good friends and then there's Cato Larsen of Norway. The 20-year-old climbed into the tank of an outdoor toilet Friday after his friend dropped his cellphone into it, AFP reports. According to VG , the friends decided Larsen was the only one skinny enough to get into the... More »

The World's Slowest TV Show Comes to Netflix

Who needs plots, characters, dialogue, narration, sets...

(Newser) - Finally, TV for people who find C-SPAN too intense. Quartz reports Netflix is bringing Slow TV, a hit in its native Norway, to US audiences this month. The show features hours upon hours of regular activities shown in real time. There are no cuts, no narration, and the camera never... More »

Boys Had Good Intentions, Ruin 5K-Year-Old Rock Art

It's 'a national tragedy' in Norway

(Newser) - A 5,000-year-old rock carving of a figure on skis is among the most recognized symbols of Norway. Two kids, however, thought it could use some improving. In what's been described as "a national tragedy," the Norwegian boys are accused of using a sharp tool to retrace... More »

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