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Norwegian high school student Ida Beate Løken decided to live in a cave for a whole year experiencing all four seasons.

Since May 2013 a young Norwegian girl from Førde has been living in a cave. Her name is Ida Beate Løken, a high school student and a member of Green Party Norway. She got inspired by her boyfriend.

– There was a boy from my school who lived here in this cave and I could not believe in that. The boy became my boyfriend later, and while he was living out here I got so inspired that I wanted to try it myself. I could not be any less of him, – says Ida smiling to the Norwegian local newspaper Firda.

Ida is a member of Green Party Norway and is 3rd candidate of the party from the county, Sogn og Fjordane.

When she told she was moving to a cave people thought it was a very strange thing to do.

– I can understand that to a point, since it was my first thought when I heard about the boy living here last year. Still, I get the impression that people look at living outdoors or having a simple life as something uncivilised, while having high consumption is totally normal. That provokes me, – she says.

Below you can watch the interview by Firda about this young woman’s life in a cave. (with English subtitles)

 

Source: The Nordic Page

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Although we have more free time than ever, we are less social with neighbors, friends and relatives, according to Statistics Norway.

From 1970 to 2010, Norwegians have gained one more hour leisure time every day, but less of free time has been used for social compliance with friends, family or neighbors, being social, according to the latest figures from Statistics Norway.

Compared to 1990, the time Norwegians use to be social has reduced by 40 minutes to an hour and 20 minutes. In particular, the time spent on gathering on Sundays has greatly reduced, writes NRK.

Social scientist and assistant professor at Østfold University College, Geir Conrad Tufte confirms this trend.

– We have an expression called “bowling alone.” You are more alone, not together with colleagues in the same way anymore, says he to NRK.

He believes many of us feel a pressure to perform and we spend a lot of time on ourselves and do not have time to be social.

– There is a danger that the fundamental glue that unity, closeness and contact, is beginning to unravel, according to Tufte.

Source: The Nordic Page

Photo : Torbus Oslo

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So far this year, only eight people were killed in Norway. This is the lowest homicide rate since 1930s, writes The Nordic Page.

The figures Aftenposten extracted from the database of Statistics Norway (SSB) and Death Case Registry (Dødsårsaksregisteret) proves the record drop of murder rate in Norway. While there were 42 murder cases in 2013, only 8 murder cases have been registered so far in this year.

The historical statistics show that this number is as low as in 60s, in which average annual homicide rate was between 10 and 20 people.

By far the highest murder rate in Norway was during World War II where the yearly average was over 300 reported murders.

In 2011, the rate jumped to 110 people – due to the terrorist attacks of Anders Behring Breivik.

Talking to Aftenposten, violence and murder researcher Ragnhild Bjørnebekk says there is a general trend in the world that the murder rate goes down. In addition, emergency medicine becomes much better to save injured people, notes he.

– We do not have a violent tradition thanks to the proper development of the welfare system, small differences between people, and good upbringing and schools. This is a community level and contributes to low homicide numbers, says the researcher.

She also believes that preventive measures were initiated in the 90s in Norway have affected this trend.

– Especially family training programs that targeted risk families were effective. But these programs did not reach to especially those who come from other countries, she says, pointing out that people with foreign backgrounds are overrepresented as both perpetrator and victim in recent years.

Photo : Francesco Rivetti

 

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Professor Willy Pedersen argues alcohol use should be taken more seriously; cannabis can be legalized in Norway.

Professor Willy Pedersen from University of Oslo opens a new debate on alcohol and drug policy in Norway. Alcohol should be the first priority. But the government has an indecisive alcohol policy that might lead major problems, according to Pedersen.

– It is much easier to talk about weed, it does not affect most people. People like to talk about marijuana, but not about their own alcohol consumption, he said to Aftenposten.

Pedersen also believes that “war on drug” emphasising on policing and punishment is outdated and the alternative approaches including legalization should be investigated.

– Two U.S. states have legalized cannabis, and we should pay close attention to what happens there. If the experiences are good and consumption is not increasing, I think we should consider to follow the same policy. There are two reasons: Cannabis is less dangerous than alcohol. Moreover a lot of money pumped into organized crime. Many young people are drawn into criminal networks that way, says he.

How dangerous is marijuana?

Pedersen further notes that there are two types of damage from marijuna: Some come from actual use. Here cannabis ranks slightly lower than tobacco and alcohol, but they are very harmful substances. The second type is related to its illegality. This means that users must enter in a criminal system to get access to dangerous substances. When we take this into account, the use of the substance is extremly dangerous, especially for very young people. My advice is always to stay away, adds he.

 

Source: The Nordic Page

Photo : N.ico

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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.

Photo : Pixabay

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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

Photo: David Bolton

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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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