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Norway played against Italy yesterday at Ullevål Stdium in Oslo. Norwegian team lost the first match of the European qualifiers in Group H, 2-0.

Simone Zaza scored the first goal for Italy as the Azzurri made the score 2-0 in the first official match of 2016 European qualifying campaign.


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One of the country’s most sought carrots grows in Bergsdalen. Even though that they cost 100 NOK (16 USD) per kilo, growers cannot meet the demand of restaurants.

Bergens Tidende features the success of two Norwegian farmers on high mountains of Bergsdalen. The grower Ragna Lid and his husband Arnfinn Trøen crop so tasty carrots that there is a battle among the restaurants and hotels to buy them first.

Vegetables and strawberries grow more slowly here than elsewhere, explains Ragna and notes the advantages of the location which is five hundred meters above sea level.

The strawberry season is over and the couple produces mini carrots in various colors and sizes with gentle hands. At the wholesaler one bundle of these carrots costs over 70 NOK and one kilo costs 100 NOK, almost ten times more expensive than regular carrots.

Mainly gourmet restaurants and hotels in Bergen are among the customers of the couple.

– We are totally dependent on such local manufacturers to create a unique offer. It’s about chasing those who can deliver something special. If the right products are delivered, I think it is quite possible to live on such small-scale production, says Hanne Frosta- the owner of the local food restaurant Hanne på Høyden.

There is sometimes competition to get the tasty carrots and then the end up not supplying enough.

Producer Ragna Lid says small-scale production requires a lot of work. Considering all efforts, he thinks profitability is low.

Both restaurant and hotels in Norway would like to see that the farm could deliver more product.

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Pictures from the Demonstration

Thousands in Oslo protested against ISIS and local extremists recruiting Norwegian youth to fight in Syria.

The demonstration, organized by young Muslims in Norway, gathered people of different religious and ethnicities together in Oslo against religious extremism and the crimes of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

The demonstrators marched through Oslo streets toward Norwegian Parliement (Stortinget) with slogans of “No to ISIS”, “ISIS is not in Islam’s Name”, “Against ISIS terror for Peace”.

When the protestors arrived at Eidsvold space, in front of Stortinget, the number has reached to almost ten thousand, according to the organizers.

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A Hindu temple in Norway offers a matchmaking service for the Scandinavian Hindu community.

“Those who may be interested to find his/her life partner or parents interested to find bride or groom for their children can register themselves in our register of match finding”, website of Sanatan Mandir Sabha Hindu Temple of Slemmestad (Norway) states.

“Matrimonial Personal Data” asked in the registration form, besides other information, includes hobbies, appearance (in addition to photograph) and family information. Registration and service charges are 500 Norwegian krone (about $81).

In addition to this matrimonial service, this Hindu temple also offers various other services in all of Scandinavia, including first haircut of the child known as “mundan”.

Meanwhile, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, commended efforts of temple management and area community for realizing this Hindu temple complex.

Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, further said that it was important to pass on Hindu spirituality, concepts and traditions to coming generations amidst so many distractions in the consumerist society and hoped that this Scandinavian temple would help in this direction. Zed stressed that instead of running after materialism; we should focus on inner search and realization of Self and work towards achieving moksh (liberation), which was the goal of Hinduism.

One of the aims of Sanatan Mandir Sabha Norway, first registered in 1988, is “to promote piece & harmony in the Norwegian society”, says Zed.

Harkesh Sharma, Harvinder Prashar and Vijay K. Sangar are President, Vice President and Secretary respectively of the temple Executive Committee; while K.R.Mishra is the Priest.

Slemmestad, west of Oslo, is a village on the Oslofjord in Royken municipality. It is home to a Cement Museum and Norwegian female footballer Melissa Wiik was born here.


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Renate Furset has carried out four children who are left to childless people.
– I have offered them to lend my uterus, so they can achieve their parenting dream, she says.
– It’s not something you do easily. You do it because there is love involved. A love that would help someone to have a family, says Renate Furset to TV 2.
The single 39-year-old has three children of her own. The whole family has good contact with the men who are biological fathers to the four surrogate children.
Three of the children live in Sweden with two gays couples. In winter she gave birth to a girl, who now lives with his biological father on the West Coast.
She admits that there has been major decisions to make.
– What am I doing? I think it’s pretty common to get emergency thoughts when you venture out into uncharted waters, says Furset to TV 2.

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Bartender trick by Maylinn Christoffersen (26) was viewed by millions in a week. Bars and pubs are in queu with job offers after the video. See the video.

– It’s fun, a little scary and very fascinating that the video has spread so fast, says Maylinn from Tønsberg to

Until now, the video where Maylinn stock ten “Jagerbombs” simultaneously been viewed over a million times on various websites.

– I shared the video on Facebook last Friday and it has already been shared 145,000 times. In addition, there are hundreds of thousands of others who have seen it and shared it in other media. These are numbers that I do not comprehend, she says.

Video of Maylinns “Jagerbombs” was recorded on Heidi’s Bar several years ago. But it is only now that the video has been popular on social media.

She retired as bartender and works on marketing communications in Copenhagen. But in recent days there have been job offers from pubs and bars after the video.

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The Norwegian Curling Team shot to global fame during the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 with their extraordinary donning bold, diamond-printed golf pants for their matches, providing one of the talking points of the games. Afterward, they increaed their reputation with newly and bewilderingly designed pants.

Their fame has dveleoped so fast that their pants had afacebook fan page with more than half million followers, their pants have been traded on online forums for high prices. Havea look at some of their favorite pants designs and you decide whether they deserve their fame.

Team Norway waves to the crowd from the ice after winning the silver medal after the Curling Men’s Gold medal game between Canda and Norway on day 16 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at the Vancouver Olympic Centre on February 27, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

#SOCHI, RUSSIA – FEBRUARY 17: Jaavard Vad Petersson, Thomas Ulsrud and Christoffer Svae of Norway competes against Denmark during the Men’s Curling Round Robin on day ten of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Ice Cube Curling Center on February 17, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Torger Nergaard and Haavard Vad Petersson of Norway in action during the Curling Men’s Round Robin match between Great Britain and Norway on day 9 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Ice Cube Curling Center on February 16, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Christoffer Svae releases a stone as Haavard Vad Petersson (L) and Torger Nergaard brush the ice during the Men’s Curling Round Robin match between Norway and China on day 8 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at the Vancouver Olympic Centre on February 19, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Men’s Curling Round session continues with the match between Denmark and Norway in 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Ice Cube Curling Centre in Sochi on February 17, 2014. (Photo by Oktay Cilesiz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Haavard Vad Petersson and Christoffer Svae of Norway sweep the ice while playing Great Britain during the Curling at Ice Cube Curling Center on day 11 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics on February 18, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

A detail of the pants of members of the team from Norway during the curling round robin game against Denmark on day 9 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Vancouver Olympic Centre on February 20, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Thomas Ulsrud of Norway in action during the round robin match against USA during day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Ice Cube Curling Center on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

 Haavard Vad Petersson, Christoffer Svae and Torger Nergaard of Norway compete in the Curling Men’s Round Robin match between Norway and Germany during day five of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Ice Cube Curling Center on February 12, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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Photo: U.S. Department of Defense

Russian news agency, RIA Novosti reports US cargo ship USNS PFC Dewayne T. Williams is to arrive in the small Norwegian village of Namdalseid 10, bringing heavy tanks, armored personnel carriers and landing crafts.

The cargo will include third-generation main battle tanks of the M1A1 Abrams type. This new, heavier equipment will replace trucks and personnel carriers which were previously stored in the mountain bunkers of Central Norway.

The US has a total of six storage units located in the mountains of Norway’s central Trøndelag region. In addition to this, US war equipment is stored at two Norwegian Air Force stations in the area, one of them being co-located with Trondheim Airport Værnes, an international airport serving Trondheim, the country’s third-largest city.

The storage units were built during the Cold War and were the subjects of major controversy at that time.

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Oslo after the terror Photo: Henrik Lied, NRK

Cecilie Herlovsen, who lost her left arm in 22 July terror attack, talked to UK Daily mail about her experiences.

She can remember the terrfiying scenes of the 2011 Oslo shooting massacre like it was yesterday but plans to use overcoming the tragedy to inspire others to do the same.

‘I wish I’d gone over to her to take my last goodbye, because the second I saw her, I knew she was dead,’ Herlovson told to Daily Mail.

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Bergen - Old Harbor Area (Postcard) Photo : Roger Wollstadt

A postcard sent from Bergen 27 years ago arrived into a mailbox in Australia just recently.

The local Australian newspaper Ballina Shire Advocate writes the long shipping time meets the requirement to be called snail mail.

– It’s not possible the mail can take 27 years to Australia, says Communication Director Elisabeth Gjølme at Posten to BergensAvisen.

She says it’s very rare to meet such cases, and for this specific case, she has no explanation, but the following theory:

– It is impossible to explain what really happened at first, but later we managed to figure it out. It might be associated with a rebuilding. Then the letter or postcard fell into a crack or behind a shelf, and then it suddenly popped up when the office moved, says Gjølme.

It was 89-year-old Eileen Parry town Ballina in New South Wales in Australia who received the postcard. The card was sent by her daughter in law Pauline Chiarelli.

– My daughter in law Pauline had addressed postcard to both my husband and me. She wrote that she hoped we were well. But my husband died 15 years ago, says Eileen Parry to the local newspaper.

She afterward figured out something was wrong with the postcard, especially since her daughter in law has not been to Bergen for the past 27 years. Eileen phoned her son, Roger, in Newcastle, and the message was passed along the line that Pauline was in Bergen, Norway, where the postcard was sent way back in 1987.

We’re not sure what life in Bergen is like in 2014, but Pauline reports to Ballina Shire Advocate that, back in 1987, a beer cost $10 and a phone call home cost $50 for three minutes.



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