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The 31-year-old widow of Norwegian Helge Ove Irgens googled her way to murdering her husband.

One late November in 2014, a driving school teacher in Norway, Helge Ove Irgens was found dead in his house in Bergen. The google search log of his wife’s computer gave away the murderer’s identity. According to Norwegian daily VG, Irgen’s Filipino wife searched for ways to poison someone.
She made numerous online searches weeks before the murder. Amongst them were “10 poisons used to kill people” and “Thirteen ways to poison someone”, reports VG.
The last search she did was: “If you kill someone, don’t google how to do it first”.
The newspaper also wrote that she searched the way to poison someone without getting caught and best poison to use to kill someone and not get caught.
After the intensive google search, she placed a disposable grill in the bedroom. The husband fell asleep while the poisionous fumes from the grill filled the room.
By investigating the woman’s computer, police found nearly 250 online searches on how to kill a person.
For the police, the woman’s massive search log is a clear indicator that the wife, over a long period of time, has planned to kill her husband.

Tens of thousands of people marched through Oslo streets yesterday. Unique marching contingents, representing a vast array of non-profits, corporate organizations, political parties, and activists” were part of this year’s parade.

Photo: Guri Barka Martins

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People in southern Norway call the police and complain that it’s snowing and that they are late for work.

Not everyone in Norway likes winter and snow. After the fall of heavy snow in Southern Norway, police received a number of calls complaining about the snow, writes Dagbladet.
People call the police and complain that it snows, they come late for work, they do not get the newspaperand posts.
The police writes at Twitter that it is not their priority.

Christmas cards give important clues about how this special festive season is perceived by society. That is the reason why I always found historical designs and cards so special for revealing the evolution of traditions of Christmas. We have collected ten specially designed Christmas cards designed in Norway between 1800s and the beginnig of 1900s.

Artist: Fredrik Winsnes | Source: Nasjonalbiblioteket Julehilsen fra Tönsberg, 1908, writing Christmas greeting from Tønsberg, 1908
Artist: Fredrik Winsnes | Source: Nasjonalbiblioteket
Julehilsen fra Tönsberg, 1908, writing Christmas greeting from Tønsberg, 1908
Credit: Andreas Bloch (1860-1917) | This winter post card from Norway is from 1907. A stereotypical Norwegian lady on skies.
Artist: Andreas Ollestad (1857-1936) | This unorthodox Norwegian new year/Christmas card is from 1880s.
Another nontraditional new year card with A Norwegian fisherman and his wife. The card was designed by Oscar Wergeland (1844-1910) in mid 1800s.
Andreas Bloch (1860-1917)’s Christmas post card depicts a Norwegian town with children going door to door traditionally.
This postcard from the archive of National Library of Norway dates back to 1920. It is evidently not most family friendly postcard with a champagne bottle as the main element of the design by the unknown artist.
After all, Christmas is a religious holiday and this Norwegian Christmas card reflects the religious spirit of this festive season.
The designer of this postcard, Aadne Stray, depicts a typical Norwegian house from 1890s with traditional costumes.
Christmas is equally a fun time especailly for retired “Nisses”. Artist: Nils Bergslien (1853-1928)
Nobody said Norwegian nisses are the prettiest creatures on tearth. But they have a sense of festive spirit. | Artist: Christian Magnus

Norway is a unique country and it proves its peculiarity each time with another fantastic scene. This 2011 TV sport show is ony one of them.

Think of a football game where you can punish a referee with an electric shock for his unfair decisions. Imagine you can stop layers who are going to score with the same method.
Norwegian channel TV2’s legendary sports show Golden Goals brings a new dimension to football with these new rules.
Program presenters somehow managed to convince a group of football legends in Norway to take part in a this experimental game called Elektrosjokkfotball (Electroshock football).
Former Norwegian football stars wears collar that are usually used to train dogs around their leg and they are scohcked by the presenters of the program on a scale from one to six. Just watch and decided yourself!

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Data from the Human Development Index reveals Norway is the world most livable country, while Niger is the least livable.

According to the latest Human Development Index by the United Nations Development Programme, Norway is the most livable country in the world, while Niger is the least livable. Australia and Switzerland follow Norway in the index.

Data from the Human Development Index is based on three dimensions of human progress — having a long and healthy life, being knowledgeable, and having a good standard of living, writes Huffington Post.

One of the major factors that influences a country’s development index position is its income. In the most developed countries, gross income per capita is generally quite high. All of the world’s 10 most livable countries had among the top 30 gross national incomes per person. Norway has the world’s sixth highest gross national income per capita of $63,909.


Source: The Nordic Page

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Last week, Norwegian tax administration published the previous year’s tax payers list. One of the most surprizing figure on the list is that Norway’s largest social-democratic party (Ap) leader Jonas Ghar Støre’s wealth and tax record. Støre topped the list of Norwegian political leaders with his 50.7 milliom NOK fortune and 2.24 million annual income. He also paid 1.3 million tax in 2013.

Centre Party (Sp) leader Trygve Slagsvold Vedum said to Dagbladet that Støre cannot be blamed for having inherited that much money and it is not a problem for him. Vedum is the least earning party leader of Norway, with an income of 655,000 NOK.

Socialist Left Party (SV) politician Snorre Valen also believes Støre’s fortune has nothing to do with his political role.

– I think it is good that a wealthy man like Gahr Støre is concerned with the distribution of wealth and equality, says SVs Snorre Valen.

Source: The Nordic Page

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Einar Aas (43) is the person with the highest income in Norway last year according to tax administration’s report.

With a stated income of 313719712 NOK, Einar Aas (43) tops last year’s tax payment list.

When the figures is divided by year, he earned 859 506 a day or 9 NOK and 94 cents in a second last year.

The man contributed to the common budget by paying 100 million NOK in taxes last year, according to the list  which was published yesterday.

Also he has a fortune over 1.1 billion NOK.

Einar Aas is a self-made billionaire making energy investments.

Aas graduated from the Norwegian School of Economics in 1994. He then worked as a risk manager in Interkraft and Agder Energi. Then he founded a separate energy company with three colleagues.

Later he established a private investment company with around 250 000 NOK in initial capital. In the following years Aas gained hundreds of millions in trading of electricity derivatives.

According to Dagens Næringsliv, he has earned fortune by speculating electricity prices in the energy bourse Nord Pool.

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Norway celebrated its first Nobel Peace Prize in Medicine several weeks ago. But Norway’s international fame in science is not limited to this prestigious award.

Ten days ago, the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Medicine jointly to Norwegian researcher couple May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain. With this prestigious award, Norway has celebrated a rightful victory.

But Norway’s international fame is not limited to this pioneering research. Despite Norway’s modest position in research in general, Norwegian researchers have managed to secure more “victories” in various branches of science competitions.

The famous IgNobel , which is known as paradoy Nobel Prize, awarded at Harvard University, is one of those platforms in which several other Norwegians were appreciated for their scientific works.

Parodi Nobel Prize Went to Norwegian Researchers
Photo: M.Kardel / University | A Man disguised as a polar bear used in the research

This year the prize went for Arctic research by the Norwegian and German scientists Eigil Reimers and Sindre Eftestøl for a study they made on rein deers. In their study, Eigil Reimers and Sindre Eftestøl tested how reindeer react seeing to humans who are disguised as polar bears.

It is not the first time a Norwegian received this famous prize. The first victory went to Martha Kold Bakkevik from SINTEF in Trondheim and her colleague Ruth Nielson from the Technical University of Denmark. They won the prize for their exhaustive study, “Impact of Wet Underwear on Thermoregulatory Responses and Thermal Comfort in the Cold.”

One year later, in 1996, the Ig Nobel in Public Health was bestowed on Ellen Kleist of Nuuk, Greenland, and Harald Moi of Oslo, Norway, for a medical investigation of the “Transmission of Gonorrhea Through an Inflatable Doll.” The study was also published in Genitourinary Medicine, Vol. 69, No. 4, August 1993, p. 322.

In the same year Anders Bærheim and Hogne Sandvik of the University of Bergen, also deserved the award for their report, “Effect of Ale, Garlic, and Soured Cream on the Appetite of Leeches.”

Just after 3 years, the prize was presented to another Norwegian, Dr. Arvid Vatle of Stord, for carefully collecting, classifying, and contemplating which kinds of containers his patients chose when submitting urine samples.

And a well deserved psychology ig Nobel went to Karl Halvor Teigen of the University of Oslo in 2011, for trying to understand why, in everyday life, people sigh.

ig-nobel-prizeIg Nobel Prize, a parody of the Nobel Prizes goes to scientists who have “done something that first makes people laugh, but then make them think”. Prizes are awarded in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, peace studies, health, engineering, art, Arctic research and economics.

Last month, a video and blog post have gone viral. The post was a bout a 12-year-old Norwegian girl, Thea to marry 37-year-old, Geir. There was even this dramatic video campaign.
Thea’s ‘story’ has shocked many, but it is not real. It is actually part of a campaign by children’s development charity Plan International aimed at highlighting the 39,000 children every day who are forced into marriage. The charity says:

We believe that provocation is a powerful tool in order to demonstrate a reality that truly is very provoking. We hope people will mobilise against child marriage by being girl sponsors, so that most of the girls facing Thea’s situation every day can escape their brutal fate.

How about Thea in the campaign? Her real name is Maja, She is 12 years old and come from Norway. She tells the rest of the stoy this way:

When I was first asked to play the role of Thea I thought right away that this was something I wanted to do because it is such a good cause. Me and my mom (as you see in the picture) still carefully thought over it, until we together decided to be part of this. It has been incredibly strange and exciting to see how so many have read and followed the Thea’s wedding blog in recent weeks, and I am pleased that the vast majority have been so positive about the campaign. I think it’s nice to think that I’m through playing the role of Thea may have helped girls my age around the world. Girls who are in danger of being married off in completely for real! Also, I think of course it’s fun to be a part of something so big and Thea’s blog has received so much attention worldwide.

I hope everyone has now been joined by the Thea fortunately never been real! At the same time, I hope everyone who has followed the wedding blog and the history of Thea have discovered that this is something that happens to many thousands of girls are married off every day around the world. I hope that as many people as possible doing what they can to stop these barnebryllupene, either by becoming a sponsor or help in other ways. Even though I now know more than many others about how it feels should be married off at age 12, I can not imagine how terrible it must be to be exposed to in reality.

Thanks to all who helped to stop my wedding. Now we must all help stop the real barnebryllupene in the world!



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