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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.

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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

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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.

 

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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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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 tb.no.

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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