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In 2012, 49 children were born with Down syndrome in Norway, the lowest figure ever recorded. 87 percent of women knowing that the fetus had Downs chose to have an abortion.

New figures from the Medical Birth Registry (Medisinsk fødselsregister) show that 49 children were born with Downs in 2012. This is the lowest figure since the birth registration has started to be applied in 1999, writes Dagsavisen.

According to the newspaper’s report, about nine out of ten pregnant women terminated their pregnancy, when they learned that the fetus had Down syndrome. The percentage has been between 80 and 90 percent for several years. As a result, 69 fetuses with Down were aborted in 2012.

Christian Democrat deputy Dagrun Eriksen found the trend as a strong signal of failing society, even though she emphasized that she does not criticize the individual’s choice to have abortion.

– First and foremost, we as politicians should criticize ourselves. The most important thing is that parents who give birth to disabled children should get the help they need, she says.

Down syndrome (DS) or Down’s syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by the presence of all or part of a third copy of chromosome 21. It is typically associated with physical growth delays, characteristic facial features and mild to moderate intellectual disability. The average IQ of a young adult with Down syndrome is 50, similar to the mental age of an 8 or 9 year old child, but this varies widely.

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11 to 12 year old students go to school with briefcases full of noodles and sell them to their classmates. In addition they demand commision from other students who want to be a player in the popular noodle market.

A School in Drammen, Norway  wages a battle against black noodle market, writes Drammen Tidende. 11-12 year old aggressive noodle sellers make trouble for the school administration.

Some of the children at the school buy large amounts of noodles. The apealing packages in all flavors are brought in suitcases- and resold in the school yard at a good profit.

Most of the time, students consume them dry on the playground at the elementary school.

– We have seized several briefcases packed with noodles. We laughed at first, but now it’s not funny anymore. It is a real problem, said principal Elen Sorensen to Drammen Tidende.

Requires Noodle Selling Fee

Sørensen says some students have monopoly in noodle market and they demand fee from other students who try to sell noodle.

– We heard that they charge 20 NOK to allow others to sell noodles, says principal Sørensen.

The newspaper also reports that there are stories of fights arisen out of the market control.

A Six Year Case

As many other Norwegian media outlet, nobody realized that this case was published almost six years ago. But yesterday,  the article has suddenly started to spread again through social media.

In two days, the article was read 120,000 times.

The spread of the case began is still a mystery, as the newspaper editors now try to figure out.

– It is fascinating to see how the old cases get new life in this way. We are now working intensively to find out how it happened, says digital editor Monica Lid.


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The Economist compared apple and orange consumption per person according to countries. Norway is the world’s 7th most orange consuming country.

The Economist wrote oranges were more popular for decades, but in recent years apples have squeezed ahead.

The report attributed the deciduous drive to Chinese expansion. The government’s call for healthy living and serving the Russian and the Middle Eastern markets led to more apple production in the country.

In contrast, orange production has plateaued. But it kept its popularity in Norway. Norwegians are the world’s 7th most orange consuming country according to the statistocs:

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The Norwegian Medicines Agency hopes cheaper viagra equivalent stops Norwegian men from buying dangerous potency agents abroad.
The Norwegian Medicines Agency (Legemiddelverket) approves new potency agent in Norway, and the price will be halved, writes TV2.

Ever since Viagra was approved as a drug in Norway in 1998, the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has been a manufacturer and supplier of Viagra.

Last year, over 80 million viagra were sold in Norway with prescription last year. The potency medicine has been patent protected until today, but the Norwegian Medicines Agency has recently approved a generic drug, Sildenafil Actavis.

Talking to TV2, senior consultant at Norwegian Medicines Agency, Sigurd Hortemo says the new drug contains the same active ingredient as Viagra and is equally good. He also notes the price will be halved and hopes that the Norwegian men stop buying unsafe medicine from foreign sites.

– We hope that people will stop buying dangerous things online. It may be cheap, but you have no idea what you are getting. We hope it will be easier and more affordable to go to drugstore, says Hortemo.

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The first Norwegian listings of shopping addiction survey reveals that hundreds of thousands of Norwegians are addicted to shopping.

A recent research shows that hundreds of thousands of Norwegians are addicted to shopping. Cecilie Schou Andreassen , affiliated with the Institute of Social Psychology at the University of Bergen and Bergen Clinics, announced the first Norwegian listings of shopping addiction on Monday, according to Aftenposten.

” It is difficult to say exactly how many Norwegians are affected. Some research shows that between one to six percent of the adult population may be shopping addicts. Other studies show higher estimates, between 12 and 22 percent among adolescents and young adults” , says Schou Andreassen . That means hundreds of thousands of Norwegians suffer from problematic shopping behavior.

What causes shopaholism?

It is not known yet what exactly causes the addiction, like alcoholic, drug abuse, nicotine dependence and shopaholic.  But here are some clues. ” A number of studies show that shopping addiction is associated with stress and discomfort, heavy debt burdens , financial and legal problems as well as conflicts in relationships and family life,” says Cecilie Schou Andreassen.  Pressure comes not only from inside but also from the outside world. The commercials running into people’s everyday life are sending out the brainwashing message that shopping can make life better, while it is not necessarily true. The shopping often starts with giving a kind of happiness , comfort and satisfaction , an act to dampen anxiety, but over time develops into creating dependency , unhappiness and a vicious circle.

When should the alarm go?

Many women and some men are curious about the line between a shopping spree and shopaholic to do a self-diagnose.

Typical for shopping addicts is that shopping repeats itself and becomes a regular behavior. Many shopaholics shop alone, and some lie about or hide purchases. Just like alcoholics hide their bottles, shopaholics don’t want their family member or close partner know the new purchases and start criticizing or arguing. It doesn’t mean that there is no sense of guilty. On the contrary, some people feel so guilty that they give back the goods, yet next time they still can’t help buying new stuff.  The shopping behavior has been reinforced from former experience and gains the power to repeat itself. Women often prefer products like clothes, shoes, makeup and jewelry, while men typically buy electronics and sporting goods. Many people have multiple credit cards, and extends credit line maximum.

“We often get the question around the holidays that because a person spent more money than she intended, does this make her an addict? The answer is no. However, if there is a pattern or a trend or consequences that occur with excessive shopping then the person may be a problematic spender — the hallmark is still loss of control. If they are no longer in control of their shopping but their shopping is in control of them, they’ve crossed the line,” says Rick Zehr, vice president of addiction and behavioral services at Proctor Hospital at the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery to WebMD.

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Police in Oslo will have a dedicated team to work on the investigation of hate crimes, writes NTB.

The new group is one of the several initiatives that the capital police launched after a thorough review of hate crimes last April, writes  Klasse Kampen.

The idea of the new unit is inspired by the Swedish police efforts against hate crimes. In recent years the Swedish police received over 5,000 reviews of hate crimes. In comparison, Norway had a peak of 307 reviews two years ago. Since the numbers have declined and are now close to 200 reviews per year, the Norwegian police think it is a big unknown issue in Norway.

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According to Standard and Poor’s Global Sovereign Debt report for the second quarter of 2014, Norway is the safest place in the world to keep your money.

The report, ranking 76 countries according to the riskiness of their debt, reveals Norway is the least and Argentina is the most risky place among. Sweden, the US and UK follow Norway, while Argentine is followed by Venezuela, Ukraine and Pakistan in the most risky zone. 

Source: The Nordic Page

Photo : Chris Potter

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A group of Icelanders start a campaign to have the country brought under the administration of the Norwegian government as “Norway’s 20th county”, writes

The group, Fylkisflokkurin (“The County Party”), already has just over one thousand members. In their mission statement, the group administrator writes that they aim for “the re-uninfication of Iceland and Norway”, wherein “the Norwegian government would constitutionally protect and promote Icelandic culture while Icelanders would enjoy all the same rights as Norwegians.”
– Iceland is just too small to raise up talented politicians. It is also too small to raise and nurture properly talented people, says the group founder and director of the National Center of Addiction Medicine (SÁÁ), Gunnar Smári Egilsson, reports Nettavisen.
Iceland was colonized in medieval times, mainly by Norwegian people. The first wave probably started in 860, and saw its heyday from about 870 to 930, according to historian Per Norseng. Iceland and Norway formed a common Norse cultural area in the North Sea, and much of Norway’s history was chronicled by Icelandic writer Snorri Sturluson. Iceland was brought under Norwegian rule around 1262. This lasted until the Kalmar Union in 1380, which united the three kingdoms of Denmark, Norway (with Iceland, Greenland, Faroe Islands, Shetland and Orkney), and Sweden (including some of Finland) under a single monarch. In the union, Denmark was the stronger country, and eventually gained rule over both Norway and Iceland (as well as Greenland and the Faroe Islands). Norway left this relationship in 1814, and Iceland in 1944.


Source: The Nordic Page

Photo: Allen Watkin | Reykjavik skyline


Photo: Henrik Lied, NRK | Bed of flowers near Utøya Island, where 66 teenagers wore shot to deathby Anders Behring Breivik

Photo: Henrik Lied, NRK | Bed of flowers near Utøya Island, where 66 teenagers wore shot to deathby Anders Behring Breivik

15 Pictures Reminding 22 July in Norway

A woman looks toward the Utøya Island, where tens of young people were brutally killed by right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik three years ago today. Photo : Henrik Lied, NRK

Photo: Oskar Seljeskog | A sea of flowers and teddybears outside Oslo cathedral commemorating the victims of the massacre in Oslo and on Utøya.


Photo: Jon Kallas | Memorial for the murdered children, Oslo. Memorial at the Oslo Cathedral for the murders at the AUF camp on 22 July, 2011.


Shattered windows of the government building in Oslo after the first attack in the government quarter. Photo: Henrik Lied, NRK  


Photo: Henrik Lied, NRK | Bed of flowers to honor those injured & killed in the terror 22. July 2011




People of all background, religions and nationalities lay down flowers and candles out of Oslo Cathedtral in the memory of the 22 July victims. | Photo: Henrik Lied, NRK


Rose became the symbol of solidarity among the Norwegians after the tragedy. Photo: Henrik Lied, NRK


A heart made of flowers in front of norwegian Parliement (Stortinget) | Photo: Henrik Lied, NRK


A culture in Oslo is holding a bunch of flowers during the commemoration ceremony. Photo: Kjersti Magnussen


Photo: Roy Nilsen | Bed of flowers to honor those injured & killed in the terror 22. July 2011


Flowers, candles and toys laid by people of all ages in the memory of the victims | Photo: Ausfi 


The benches of Stortinget is covered by flowers as in many other public areas in Norwegian cities | Photo: Stortinget Stortinget


Photo: Roy Nilsen | Tiger outside Oslo sentralstation. To honor those injured & killed in the terror 22. July 2011


Everyone expresses their sorrow in their own way, reflecting the spirit of the solidarity in diversity after 22 July attacksPhoto: Henrik Lied, NRK


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An 18-year-old Norwegian from Lørenskog, Stian Ytterdahl was compeled by his friends to tattoo a McDonald’s receipt on his right forearm. Ytterdahl’s tattoo becomes an internet phenomenon in 24 hours.

Ytterdahl told local newspaper Romerikes Blad that his friends wanted to punish him for being a ladies’ man and demanded a tattoo of Barbie on his bottom or a McDonald’s receipt on his arm. He then chose the latter.

A tattoo artist from Sabelink Tattoo posted the photo on the store’s Facebook page, calling it “my weirdest tattoo ever.”

The tattoo includes the purchase of a cheeseburger for NOK 36  and a “Happy Cheese” for NOK 35, a 0.5 lt colafor NOK 25, some toppings and also a “Nonstop Flurry”, in total for a total of NOK 143 (24 USD).

After the news appeared on the international media, young Norwegian has suddenly become very popular. Talking to Norwegian newspaper VG, Ytterdahl said he had to turn off his phone last night because of enormous calls and messages.

– It’s fun now, but I do not know how it will be fifty years later, says Stian adding “but I can tell my grandchildren where I ate my dinners. And so we can compare prices”, laughing 18-year-old.



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