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Islanders Ask Permission to Ditch Time

Residents of Sommaroey, Norway, want to scrap clocks during stretch of midnight sun

(Newser) - Residents of a Norwegian island where the sun doesn't set for 69 days of the year want to go "time-free" and have more flexible school and working hours to make the most of their long summer days, per the AP . People on the island of Sommaroey are pushing... More »

She Saved a Stray. Then, What Norway Hasn't Seen in 200 Years

Birgitte Kallestad died of rabies 2 months after she played with pup in the Philippines

(Newser) - What should have been a feel-good story has since turned tragic. The BBC reports on the turn of events that started in the Philippines in February, where 24-year-old Birgitte Kallestad was on vacation with friends. Per a statement given to the Daily Mail, via the New York Post , Kallestad and... More »

Whale Suspected of Spying Is a Hit in Norway

Beluga entertains people, but experts say he should be left to forage

(Newser) - A white beluga whale discovered last week that might have slipped away from the Russian military has become at home along the coastline of northern Norway. The whale has been entertaining people, Forbes reports, by dancing in the water, playing with balls, and letting children tap its nose. The tame... More »

A Whale Rubbed Against a Boat. It Wore a Harness

Officials speculate harnessed beluga whale found off Norway escaped from Russian military facility

(Newser) - A beluga whale found with a tight harness that appeared to be Russian-made has raised the alarm of Norwegian officials and prompted speculation that the animal may have escaped from a Russian military facility. Joergen Ree Wiig of the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries says "Equipment St. Petersburg" is written... More »

Bones Taken From Easter Island to Be Returned

Explorer Thor Heyerdahl took them from the island in the '50s

(Newser) - Thor Heyerdahl's most famous feat didn't involve Easter Island: The Norwegian explorer is best known for sailing more than 3,700 miles from Peru to Polynesia on a reed raft dubbed the Kon-Tiki. But just shy of a decade after that 1947 journey—an attempt to prove people... More »

Be Glad You Don't Live in 'Doomsday Vault' Town

Its permanently frozen ground isn't so frozen anymore

(Newser) - Thank your lucky stars you don't live in Longyearbyen. Tucked away on a remote Norwegian island, the town of 2,000 is built on permafrost that's melting due to climate change—which is destabilizing houses, threatening wildlife, and menacing the so-called "doomsday vault," CNN reports. A... More »

Crazy Viking Cruise Ship Evacuation Is Over

After nearly 500 airlifted in dangerous conditions, ship regains engine power, is towed to shore

(Newser) - The Viking Ocean Cruises drama on the high seas is over: Rescuers airlifted 479 passengers from the Viking Sky after the behemoth cruise ship's engines stalled in high seas Saturday off the coast of Norway, reports CNN . With 436 passengers and 458 crew still remaining on the ship, it... More »

Crazy Evacuation for 1,300 Cruise Passengers

They're airlifted to Norway amid 43mph winds

(Newser) - Rescue workers off Norway's western coast rushed to evacuate 1,300 passengers and crew from a disabled cruise ship by helicopter on Saturday, winching them one-by-one to safety as heaving waves tossed the ship from side to side and high winds battered the operation, the AP reports. The Norwegian... More »

Top 10 Happiest Nations

Finland tops World Happiness Report for 2nd year, while US slips

(Newser) - America has fallen in the UN's World Happiness Report , released annually since 2012. The US sits in 19th place, down one spot from 2018 and five spots from 2017, reports US News & World Report . Ryan Cooper at the Week argues there's much to learn from Finland, which... More »

Cops Tell Millionaire 'Not to Pay' Ransom for Kidnapped Wife

Norway's Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen vanished on Halloween

(Newser) - The wife of a Norwegian businessman with a $200 million fortune was kidnapped months ago, police announced Wednesday, noting the case was kept on "a low profile" because "very serious threats have been made." Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, wife of real estate investor Tom Hagen, hasn't been... More »

Northernmost Inhabited Area Just Had Its First Bank Robbery

Congratulations (?), Svalbard

(Newser) - There's a first time for everything, and this week in a remote Norwegian archipelago, that first was a bank robbery. The Guardian reports an armed man pulled off the feat in Svalbard, located in the Arctic Ocean just a tad over 600 miles from the North Pole and said... More »

Collision Sinks Navy Ship

Norway's navy reeling from loss of KNM Helge Ingstad

(Newser) - A Norwegian warship has pretty much sunk after colliding with an oil frigate and getting a nasty hole torn in its side, CNN reports. The KNM Helge Ingstad, one of five frigates in the nation's navy, was navigating western Norway's inner fjords earlier this month when it struck... More »

Massive Earthquake Shakes Remote Research Station

6.8 undersea quake struck in Arctic Ocean

(Newser) - A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 struck in the Arctic Ocean Friday, northwest of a largely uninhabited and remote Norwegian island, officials said. No injuries or damage were immediately reported. The Norwegian earthquake center NORSAR says the quake was recorded at 2:49am in the sea... More »

'Hero' Who Foiled Nazis' Nuclear Dreams Dies

Joachim Roenneberg, who led Norway's 'most successful sabotage,' dies at 99

(Newser) - It was said to be a "near-suicide mission," and a previous attempt saw dozens of men killed and captured by the Nazis. But the "Operation Gunnerside" raid in World War II on a Norwegian plant making heavy water—a hydrogen-filled substance that could eventually have been used... More »

Norway: Sorry How We Treated WWII's 'German Girls'

Women who had children with German soldiers faced severe consequences

(Newser) - When Germany invaded Norway in 1940, Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler endorsed the concept of German soldiers hooking up with Norwegian women, as that would help bring the Nazis closer to the Aryan master race they wished for. Per the BBC , about 50,000 Norwegian women ended up in relationships with... More »

After 25 Years, Charges Filed in Satanic Verses Shooting

Norway makes the move ahead of deadline so investigation can continue

(Newser) - Police in Norway just made a move to keep alive the investigation into a 25-year-old shooting that captured the world's attention, reports Reuters . Back in 1993, the man who published Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses in Norway was shot three times outside his home. William Nygaard survived, but... More »

Polar Bear Killed in Attack on Cruise Ship Guard

It's high season in Arctic tourism

(Newser) - Norwegian authorities said a polar bear on Saturday attacked and injured a polar bear guard who was leading tourists off a cruise ship on an Arctic archipelago. The polar bear was shot dead by another employee. The Joint Rescue Coordination for Northern Norway tweeted that the attack occurred when the... More »

Dumb and Dumberer? IQ Surveys Say Yes

After steadily rising for decades, IQ scores appear to be falling

(Newser) - It's official: We're not getting any smarter. Worse, media exposure might be to blame. Researchers analyzed 730,000 IQ scores of Norwegian men entering the country's military draft who were born between 1962 and 1991, per ScienceAlert . They found that IQ scores rose almost 0.3 points... More »

Dying in This Tiny Town Is Against the Law

Longyearbyen wants to stave off infections

(Newser) - A recent anthrax outbreak in Russia seems to confirm what a Norwegian town already knew—that dying should remain illegal, WN.com reports. The Arctic town of Longyearbyen, where 2,100 people brave bitter temperatures, has outlawed death since 1950. The reason: Permafrost keeps bodies from decomposing in the town... More »

Iditarod Winner Takes Home $20K Less Than 2017 Champ

Joar Ulsom of Norway won the world's most famous sled dog race Wednesday

(Newser) - Joar Ulsom of Norway won the world's most famous sled dog race Wednesday after a grueling dash across Alaska's rough terrain, but he earned tens of thousands of dollars less than last year's top musher at the struggling Iditarod. "It's pretty unreal I pulled it... More »

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