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Louise Skak, a Danish woman living in Norway, chose to remove her breasts, uterus and ovaries to lower probability of getting cancer in future.

According to Aftenpsoten’s report, Louise Skak found out that she has a hereditary predisposition to breast cancer after a genetic test in Denmark. The grandmother and her grandmother had, respectively, uterine cancer and breast cancer. She quickly took contact with her doctor in Norway to for a full genetic control.

She had a blood test and was told that it would take eight weeks before she got an answer. After long and stressful waiting time, it was revealed that the test was positive and she was at risk.

When she was told that she was a carrier of the gene that can cause cancer, she immediately decided to remove both breasts.

– I spent a little more time to decide to also remove the ovaries and uterus, but have not regretted, although this led me directly into menopause, says she to Aftenpsoten.

Skak thinks her identity is not in her breasts. She adds she can follow her own body easier after the operation. Thanks to genetic testing and the choice to remove breasts, ovaries and uterus, the risk of getting this type of cancer was reduced by between 70 and 80 percent. For Skak, it was important that she has made the choice.

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In January Daily Mail wrote overweight drivers in several English cities have been provided with free parking areas. The case aroused strong reactions but Norway has the same practice for a long time.

NRK writes that there is no data for why this practice was introduced, Bymiljøetaten can only remember a few cases in practice.

– People with obesity problem have trouble to move and should get facilitation, such as handicap parking permit, just to be able to participate in everyday life easily, says the head of Landsforeningen for overvektige (the National Association for the Obese) Jørgen Foss to NRK.

– I find that many people associate obesity with laziness or regular overweight problem. Many would think that “why should obese people have this kind of good?” But it’s about the ability to freely move in the society, he said.

According to the website of the association, it is not enough to be overweight to have access to free parking. It must be proved that it is related to health problems and leads to complications, such as cardiovascular diseases or disorders.

Foss also stated that it is not about to give rewards to people with weight problems. He believes that the strong reactions made in England, is about stigmatization of the overweight people.

It is not a reward. Anyone who has a handicap should be favored to actively participate in social life without hindrance. The reactions from people show just how stigmatized group obese people are, says he.

Nettavisen / NRK

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On the afternoon of 24 May, Karle Johan Dahl came to his apartment in Porsgrunn. There he found his six year old tarantella “Cartman” death.

Dahl was initially unsure of what to do with his spider. Then he went to the town center with his friends. While 21-year-old talks with his friends, he decided to arrange a special funeral by eating the dead body of “Cartman”.

His comrades turned on the camera and recorded Dahl’s cheering and swallowing the tarantula with a sip of beer.

Talking to TV2, Dahl says it tasted absolutely terrible and it should have been grilled first.

After the video is publicized, young pet owner receives reactions from both his Facebook friends and pet lovers.

 He says he has received a lot of harsh feedback including hate speech, and many wonder if he is insane.

But he says he is not resentful for what he did.

– Eaten is eaten. I see this as a dignified burial. And now the “Cartman” well be with me forever, says he to TV2.

Source: The Nordic Page

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Researcher Torstein Storaas believes Statens Vegvesen (Public Roads Administration) and Jernbaneverket (National Railways Administration) should fine NOK 100.000 per collision.

Nearly 15.000 collisions between vehicles and mooses were registered in the last five years, and 400 cases have been registered in the first two months of 2014. As a reaction to this worrisome statistics, one of the nation’s leading moose researchers, Torstein Storaas suggests strong economic sanctions to bring down the number of collisions.

– Some of collisions may be tolerated, but if it turns out more than a certain number of moose collision per mile, Statens Vegvesen and Jernbaneverket must start paying for the moose. I suggest a fine of over 100.000 NOK, says Torstein Storaas at Hedmark University College to radio channel P4.

According to the radio channel, an average of two people die in these accidents per year.

Press Officer Jan Erik Kregnes in Jernbaneverket believes the six-digit fine is the wrong measure to take, but confesses the high number of collision is a problem to tackle with.

VG / NTB

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World famous Norwegian author Jo Nesbø’s former rock/pop group, Di Derre’s song Jenter som Kommer becomes hit in Norway again after 20 years.

In the video clip, the group’s vocalist Jo Nesbø sings along Oslo Karl Johans gate.

The song was a huge success when it was released in 1994. It suddenly became popular again after 20 years.

Di Derre is a Norwegian pop/rock band, founded in 1992. Jo Nesbø was the vocal and guitarsit of the gorup before he started his writing career.

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Melhus is a village and municipality in Sør-Trøndelag county, Norway. Photo : Finnrind

Sneaky thieves stole a priest’s cellphone and wallet, while the priest held mass in Melhus church.

According to TV2’s report, Sunday worship service in small Norwegian town, Melhus church did not go according to plan. After the service, the priest discovered that the wallet and cell phone had been stolen.

The thief has also broken the seventh of the Ten Commandments: Thou shalt not steal.

According to police in South Trøndelag thief could enter inside through a door into the sacristy of the church from the back of the church.

The case is now reviewed and investigated. Police has not yet arrested anyone for the misdeed.

– We hope that some of those in the Church have seen something. Currently, we hold, and there is not much we can do. Cell phone and credit cards, however, can be traced up if they are being used, operations director at Sør-Trøndelag Police, Ebbe Kimo said to TV 2

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The Norwegian Army has taken an initiative to change the way soldiers live by putting women and men in unisex dormitories.

Sexual harassment is a universal problem for armies in almost every country. The US Department of Defense estimates there are approximately 19,000 sexual assaults in the military every year. While the situation in the US comes across adversity, the Norwegian army is experimenting to solve the problem in a bold way. Instead of separating men and women, they go for the opposite-put them in one single room. Yes, this is exactly what they are doing.

While some might be skeptical about the effect of this move and privacy issues followed, the feedback from the women seems quite positive. Female soldiers stated sharing room makes them feel “one of the boys”, according to Ulla-Britt Lilleaas in her report “The Army: The Vanguard, Rear Guard and Battlefield of Equality.” They enter a “common mode where gender stereotypes had disappeared, or at least they were less obvious,” reported Lilleaas, according to the Local.

“You have to be a team here, and then you have to live together in order to be able to trust in one another,” one of the women told the Local.

It is not known yet whether this method works in other militaries, as the Norwegian military has an atmosphere for experiments for quite a long time already. They decided last year that one day a week the military will have only vegetarian food to help the climate and also that male soldiers gain the same rights as the female to grow their hair long if they keep it in pony-tail or braids.

PolicyMic/ THe Nordic Page

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At the Human Zoo in Oslo's Frogneparken, 1914

Two artists decide to recreate a human zoo that had taken place in the heart of Oslo in 1914.

Less than one month left, Norway is going to celebrate the 200th constitution anniversary. While a lot of celebrations are undergoing to highlight the national holiday, a project from two artists are catching eyes and causing heated discussions nowadays as they plan to open a human zoo in Oslo, again.

The story goes back to 1914 when the King of Norway opened a human zoo as part of 100th anniversary celebration,  in which 80 African people lived for five months in “the Congo Village”, living in palm-roof cabins, surrounded by indigenous artifacts and going about their daily routine of cooking, eating and making handicrafts, reports The Independent.

The two artists, Mohamed Ali Fadlabi from Sudan and Lars Cuzner from Sweden, decide to make a historical reenactment exhibition on 15th of May in Frognerparken in Oslo named European Attraction Limited. They claimed it is aimed to question the collective loss of memory, the nation building process, the message of Norwegian goodness – “Three years ago we stumbled upon information about a human zoo that had taken place in the heart of Oslo in 1914. Not being from this country, naturally, we assumed that this was common knowledge among natives, so, in an interest to learn more about the general consent on the exhibition, we started asking around. As it turned out pretty much no one we talked to had ever heard about it (even if they had heard of human zoos in other countries). Given how popular the exhibition was (1.4 million visitors saw it at a time when the population of Norway was 2 million) the widespread absence of at least a general knowledge was surprising. It is hard to understand the mechanisms of how something could be wiped from the collective memory. ”

The project is partly funded by Public Art Oslo and heavily criticized by both the left and the right. “This is taking it too far,” said Rune Berglund to The Independent, head of Norway’s Anti-Racism Centre. “The only people who will like this are those with racist views. This is something children with African ancestry will hear about and will find degrading. I find it difficult to see how this project could be done in a dignified manner.”

Fadlabi and Cuzner show no surprise to the outrage of people. “The reaction to our suggestion was mixed. Many were for and many were against. The arguments on both sides were familiar.

Susan Buck-Morss is Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Graduate Center, CUNY, New York. Until recently, she held the Jan Rock Zubrow ‘77 Professorship in Government at Cornell University, USA.

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