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Czech Pair: Mystery Man Is Our Son

Alleged amnesiac says he's 'about to be rescued from hell'

(Newser) - He may have been unable to remember who he was, but his hunch that he was a Czech may have been spot on. Police today said a Czech couple has identified a man apparently suffering from amnesia , found in a Norwegian snowdrift in December, as their 36-year-old son, the AP... More »

Mysterious Amnesiac Found in Snow Stumps Norway

'John Smith' has no memory or idea why he was in Norway

(Newser) - Police in Norway are asking the public to help them identify a young man found in a snowdrift months ago apparently suffering from total amnesia. The man, who calls himself John Smith, was found in an industrial region of Oslo and police believe he was a victim of crime, reports... More »

For Fastest Internet, Try a Cabin on Edge of the World

Tiny Svalbard dwelling boasts world-class speeds

(Newser) - You wouldn't think a 750-square-foot cabin on the edge of a rock near the North Pole would offer much in the way of cutting-edge technology. After all, there are more polar bears than people in the area, and the cabin doesn't even have running water. What its Norwegian... More »

How Epic Hypothermia Saved a Woman's Life

'Atlantic' recounts incredible story of Anna Bågenholm

(Newser) - When a skiing accident left her trapped in an icy mountain stream, Anna Bågenholm's core body temperature dropped to an astonishing 56.7 degrees Fahrenheit—and that may just have saved her life. The Atlantic this week printed an excerpt from Kevin Fong's book Extreme Medicine that... More »

Killer Breivik Vows Hunger Strike Over PlayStation

He likens current jail treatment (including a lowly PS2) to torture

(Newser) - The man who killed 77 people at a Norway summer camp has threatened to go on hunger strike over, among other things, his video game selection. The AFP obtained a letter sent by Anders Breivik to prison officials in November in which he likened his current treatment to "torture,... More »

Here Are Your Olympic Medal Predictions

Norway, US predicted to come out on top in Sochi

(Newser) - Though the opening ceremonies aren't until tomorrow, the 2014 Olympics officially kick off today in Sochi—and the Wall Street Journal is ready with its extremely complex medal prediction system, which proved to be accurate to within just a few medals at the last two Olympics. So who's... More »

Norway's Curling Team Is Wearing This to Olympics

The crazy pants are back, and crazier

(Newser) - This may be the best ( or at least second-best ) Olympic photo so far: Norway's men's curling team, decked out in their fantastic new outfits. The team was a sensation at the Vancouver Olympics when members competed wearing boldly-colored, crazily-patterned golf pants instead of the standard black... More »

10 Wacky, Cool Ways the World Celebrates Christmas

From a straw goat in Sweden to hiding brooms in Norway

(Newser) - Your Christmas may include fruitcake, gifts, and a tree strung with lights, but the holiday season is celebrated a little differently in other parts of the world. In an article picked up from AccuWeather.com, LiveScience rounds up 10 wacky Christmas traditions you may want to adopt—and some you... More »

US' New Plan: Burn Syria's Weapons at Sea

Or rather, it might have someone else do it

(Newser) - Countries all over the world want Syria's chemical weapons destroyed—just not on their soil. Albania turned down a request to destroy the weapons there last week, after thousands of people took to the streets in protest, and Norway begged off an earlier request. So the US is pitching... More »

Police Bust 'Child Retrieval' Commando Squad

One former Olympic sailing champion among those arrested

(Newser) - Most child-smuggling operations don't advertise their services online. But Italian police have busted a group that appears to have done just that. Police say they've taken down a group of ex-special forces operatives who charged "tens of thousands of euros" to kidnap children involved in cross-border custody... More »

Mirrors Deliver Rarity to Norway Town: Sunshine

Residents of Rjukan get to bask, relatively speaking

(Newser) - Next time you walk outside and take for granted that glowing orb in the sky above, think of the residents of Rjukan, Norway. They've had to resort to setting up gigantic mirrors on a mountain to direct sunshine toward the center of town. Today, residents celebrated the mirrors' official... More »

Best Country for Women Is ...

Iceland, again

(Newser) - When coming up with the best countries in terms of gender equality, think Nordic. Iceland again leads the annual list put out by the World Economic Forum, which crunches stats on education, health care, jobs, politics, and more, reports the BBC . That makes five years in a row for Iceland,... More »

Norway's New Must-See TV Stunt: Live Knitting

Settle in for hours of riveting stitching

(Newser) - In its latest experiment with live coverage of mundane events, Norway's public broadcasting network plans to dedicate five hours of air-time to an attempt to break the knitting world record. The NRK network says the Nov. 1 broadcast will be preceded by a four-hour knitting documentary. "It's... More »

Norway's New PM: 'Iron Erna'

Conservative Party's Erna Solberg will likely form coalition with anti-immigration party

(Newser) - Conservative Party leader Erna Solberg—nicknamed "Iron Erna"—will become Norway's new prime minister as the leader of a center-right coalition government likely including an anti-immigration party. Preliminary results from the oil-rich Nordic country's parliamentary elections shows the Conservative Party got 26.8% of votes, the... More »

Bizarre Music Video About Foxes Goes Viral

Norwegian entertainment duo Ylvis made the song to promote talk show

(Newser) - A new music video seeks to answer the pre-schooler-stumping question: What sound does a fox make? It's become an Internet sensation, racking up more than one million views in two days on YouTube. Newsy reports: More »

Hot Find in Norway: 1.6K-Year-Old Sweater

As melting snow in Norway threatens other artifacts not yet found

(Newser) - Apparently climate change isn't as bad as we thought . Thanks to melting snow in the Norwegian mountains, archaeologists have uncovered some pretty cool artifacts, including bow and arrow fragments and a really well-worn tunic more than 1,600 years old. It's the "first glimpse of the kind... More »

Norwegian PM Goes Undercover as Taxi Driver

Jens Stoltenberg says it's the 'one place people really say what they think'

(Newser) - Norway's prime minister has come up with a novel new way to poll his constituents: going undercover as a taxi driver. For one day in June, Jens Stoltenberg dressed in an Oslo taxi driver uniform, got in a cab, and started picking up unsuspecting passengers. "It is important... More »

Mass Murderer Breivik's Next Step: College Student?

He applies to University of Oslo, with prison's blessing

(Newser) - Those who thought Anders Behring Breivik got a ridiculously light sentence of 21 years for murdering 77 people in Norway will be just thrilled to hear the latest development about him: The unrepentant anti-Islamic extremist has applied to Oslo University, and the school is considering, reports the Local . Breivik's... More »

Sunless Town's Plan: Hang Mirrors on Mountains

Rjukan, Norway, lives in shadow for 5 months of the year

(Newser) - The 3,500 residents of Rjukan, Norway, live in shadow for five months every winter, thanks to surrounding mountains that block the sun —but this year, they'll have at least one cheery spot when the shadows start to descend in September. The town square will be lighted via... More »

Three Arrested Trying to Kidnap ... Themselves

Young Norwegians busted for blackmail

(Newser) - If only these kids watched more American TV crime procedurals, they'd know this old trick never works. Three young Norwegians—two women 18 and 21, and a man, 22—were busted trying to stage their own kidnapping and blackmail their families into giving them money for their own release,... More »

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