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Anti-Immigration Group on Pic of Empty Bus Seats: 'Terrifying'

Members of the group thought the seats were women in burqas

(Newser) - One Facebook user says—as per the Washington Post —it's proof "the meanest are also the stupidest": a photo of six empty bus seats mistaken by a Norwegian anti-immigrant group for women in burqas. Johan Slattavik, who calls himself "Norway's worst web troll," says... More »

North Dakota's Prisons Chief Saw a Radically Better Way

Inside the transformation Leann Bertsch is bringing to her state

(Newser) - North Dakota prisons chief Leann Bertsch is one tough cookie, but an October 2015 trip to Norway really rattled her. In Mother Jones , Dashka Slater explains what brought the former major with the National Guard/ex-state prosecutor to tears: her realization that "we're hurting people." It came after... More »

Vandals Destroy Famous 'Troll Penis' Formation

Norwegians are raising money to restore it

(Newser) - Activists are collecting money to repair a penis-shaped rock formation in southern Norway after the popular tourist attraction was found badly damaged. Joggers discovered Saturday that the Trollpikken rock formation had cracked and they noted drilling holes in the rock—something that experts say strongly suggests the rock was deliberately... More »

Spurned in Norway, Breivik to Appeal to Europe

Mass killer claims his human rights were violated

(Newser) - Norway's top court on Thursday rejected an appeal by mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, saying the country didn't violate his human rights by isolating him in jail. The Hoeyesterett court ruled there was "no basis" for a different conclusion than the one reached by the Borgarting Court... More »

PMs Swear They're Not Making Fun of Trump's Orb Photo

Official claims Norwegian PM didn't realize the similarity at first

(Newser) - The Guardian says they were trolling the president; they insist that isn't so. Unusually, the "they" in question are five Nordic prime ministers, who posed for a photo Monday in which they clutched a soccer ball—a seeming restaging of the photo President Trump took with the leaders... More »

'Major Breakthrough' Claimed in Grisly Norwegian Mystery

Reporters may now know where the Isdal Woman came from

(Newser) - The team of Norwegian journalists investigating a decades-old grisly mystery believe they've made a "major breakthrough," the BBC reports. Reporters from NRK, Norway's national broadcaster, have spent the past year investigating the 1970 death of the "Isdal Woman." Now they say a chemical analysis... More »

At Doomsday Vault Meant to Protect Our Seeds, a Breach

But don't panic just yet

(Newser) - "This is supposed to last for eternity," says the operator of the so-called Doomsday Vault , which since 2008 has been tucked within a mountain on a Norwegian island 800 miles from the North Pole where the soil is always frozen—or is supposed to be. The Guardian reports... More »

Norway Reopens Grisly Mystery of the Isdal Woman

Badly burned corpse found in 1970 was followed by string of bizarre clues

(Newser) - A gruesome scene, false identities, coded messages, and a suitcase of disguises—but no answers. Now, 47 years after her badly burned corpse was discovered in a remote part of the Isdalen valley, journalists with Norway's public broadcaster are reopening the unsolved case of the Isdal Woman. The BBC... More »

Next Up: a Self-Driving Ship

Yara to introduce autonomous container ship in 2020

(Newser) - You've heard of self-driving cars—but what about self-driving ships? That's the future, according to Norwegian company Yara, which is developing a battery-powered container ship it says will drive itself by 2020. The chemicals group, which is working with maritime technology company Kongsberg, plans to introduce the Yara... More »

Teen Asylum-Seeker Arrested After Explosive Found in Norway

It's not clear whether he planned an attack

(Newser) - A 17-year-old asylum-seeker from Russia was arrested Sunday in connection with an explosive device found near a busy subway station in Norway's capital that police defused before it detonated, authorities said. The youth was detained on suspicion of handling explosives, but investigators do not know if he planned to... More »

Coming Soon: World's First Ship Tunnel Through the Mountains

Norway is building mile-long tunnel so ships don't have to deal with stormy Stadhavet Sea

(Newser) - Even Ivar the Boneless probably would've taken a hard pass if he were told to launch his longship in the Stadhavet Sea. And since even the Vikings were scared of Norway's famously temperamental body of water, it's not surprising to hear that the country has been working... More »

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 »

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