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Big Dig in Norway Turns Up 'Dream of All Runologists'

Archaeologists announce discovery of world's oldest runestone—perhaps as old as Jesus

(Newser) - Archaeologists say they've discovered the oldest known runestone—a stone inscribed with runic letters, which represent the oldest known alphabet in Scandinavia—perhaps as old as Jesus Christ. The University of Oslo's Museum of Cultural History says it's "the oldest datable runestone" and that its inscription,...

Shipwreck in Norwegian Lake Could Be From Middle Ages

More vessels likely to be discovered during sonar scan of Lake Mjosa

(Newser) - A survey of the biggest lake in Norway has revealed an almost perfectly preserved shipwreck, possibly from the Middle Ages. The 33-foot-long wooden ship is believed to have sunk between the 1300s and 1850 based on signs of a central rudder at what appears to be the ship's stern,...

A New Reason Why Munch's Famous Painting Is Screaming

Climate activists tried to glue themselves to 'The Scream' at National Museum in Oslo, Norway

(Newser) - Norwegian police said two climate activists tried in vain Friday to glue themselves to Edvard Munch's 1893 masterpiece The Scream at an Oslo museum, and that no harm was reported to the famous painting. Police said they were alerted to the incident by Norway's National Museum and had...

Princess Giving Up Royal Duties Over Shaman Fiance

Princess Martha Louise will no longer represent Norwegian Royal House

(Newser) - Princess Martha Louise, the daughter of Norway's King Harald, said Tuesday she no longer will officially represent the Norwegian Royal House following "many questions relating to me and my fiance's role." The 51-year-old princess, who's fourth in line to the Norwegian throne, got engaged in...

Drivers Rescued After 'Unreal' Bridge Collapse

Bridge in southern Norway was only 10 years old

(Newser) - A wooden bridge in southern Norway collapsed early Monday—and with the cause still unknown, the country's drivers are worried. Two drivers who were on the Tretten bridge at the time escaped with their lives, the BBC reports. The driver of a car that plunged into the Gudbrandsdalslaagen river...

Officials Urge Norwegians to Stay Away From Walrus
Freya the Walrus
Euthanized
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Freya the Walrus Euthanized

Her wellbeing and human wellbeing were both determined to be in danger

(Newser) - Update: The tragic ending authorities had warned of came to pass for Freya the walrus when she was euthanized early Sunday. The decision was made after authorities "concluded that we could not guarantee the wellbeing of the animal by any of the means available," said a Norway fisheries...

Camper in the Arctic Injured by Polar Bear

French tourist survives, but bear in Norway is killed

(Newser) - A polar bear attacked a campsite Monday in Norway's remote Arctic Svalbard Islands, injuring a French tourist, per the AP . Her wounds weren't life-threatening, and the bear was later killed. The woman, who wasn't identified, was part of a tour group of 25 people camping at Sveasletta,...

Shooting at Pride Fest Leaves 2 Dead, 10 Seriously Injured

Police investigating mass shooting in Norwegian capital of Oslo as possible terror attack

(Newser) - A gunman opened fire in Oslo's nightlife district early Saturday, killing two people and leaving 10 seriously wounded in what police are investigating as a possible terrorist attack during the Norwegian capital's annual Pride festival. Investigators said the suspect, identified as a 42-year-old Norwegian citizen originally from Iran,...

If Ikea Has Its Way, Your Baby Will Be Named Malm

Swedish retailer's Norway branch offers 'name bank' with hundreds of ideas based on its products

(Newser) - Have you thought about Malm, Kivik, or Trotten? Swedish retailer Ikea is known for the distinctive names of its flat-pack home products. Now, the company's Norway branch wants to use the brand's experience to help parents browsing the baby-naming department. Ikea Norway has built a "name bank"...

In Norway, Melting Ice Reveals Ancient History

Global warming is helping archaeologists write a new chapter about mountain wilderness

(Newser) - In 2019, a Norwegian mountaineer stumbled across a soggy, twisted blob of leather on a patch of ice. Before continuing, he reported the find to archaeologists with Secrets of the Ice, a project that researches ancient trade routes exposed in recent decades by melting icepack. “He sent us GPS...

4 US Troops Die During NATO Exercise in Norway

Cold Response exercise unrelated to war in Ukraine, Norway's PM says

(Newser) - Four US soldiers were killed in a plane crash in a Norwegian town in the Arctic Circle during a NATO exercise unrelated to the Ukraine war, Norway's prime minister said Saturday. Jonas Gahr Stoere tweeted that they were killed in the crash on Friday night. The cause was under...

In a First, Taliban Delegation Is Heading to Europe

Talks with the US are on the agenda

(Newser) - A Taliban delegation will travel to Norway for talks with the Norwegian government and representatives from several allied countries, including the US, per the AP . The Norwegian Foreign Ministry said Friday that it has invited representatives of the Taliban to Oslo from Sunday to Tuesday to hold talks covering humanitarian...

In Norway, 'Challenging' Times Lead to Odd Ask on Underwear

Conscripts asked to turn in socks, undies when leaving military so they can be reused

(Newser) - Conscripts in Norway have been ordered to return their underwear, bras, and socks after the end of their military service so that the next group of recruits can use them. The Norwegian military said Monday that it's struggling with dwindling supplies, in part due to the pandemic, per the...

Bikini Rule Is History After Players' Controversy

Governing body of beach handball says women have other options now

(Newser) - Update: Professional female handball players are no longer required to wear skimpy bikinis. The International Handball Federation has updated its regulations, and they now allow women to wear bike shorts and tank tops if they wish, reports the Guardian . The move comes after a high-profile protest by Norway's beach...

Relative Says Norway Suspect Is 'Seriously Mentally Ill'

Espen Andersen Braathen may end up in a hospital instead of a prison

(Newser) - Authorities in Norway are now describing Wednesday's bow-and-arrow mass shooting as an apparent terror attack—but it's not clear whether the suspect will be held criminally responsible. Prosecutors say 37-year-old Danish citizen Espen Andersen Braathen has been transferred to the care of medical authorities amid concerns over his...

Cops: Norway Attacker Had Been Flagged for Radicalization
Bow-and-Arrow Attacker
Is Suspected Extremist
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Bow-and-Arrow Attacker Is Suspected Extremist

Police in Norway say Muslim convert had shown signs of radicalization

(Newser) - Police in Norway say the man accused of killing five people in a bow-and-arrow attack Wednesday was on their radar and had been flagged for showing signs of radicalization. Regional police chief Ole Bredrup Saeverud described the suspect Thursday as a 37-year-old Danish citizen and a convert to Islam, the...

Several Killed in Norway Bow-and-Arrow Mass Shooting
5 Killed in Norway
Bow-and-Arrow
Mass Shooting
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5 Killed in Norway Bow-and-Arrow Mass Shooting

Police say man went on rampage in town west of Oslo

(Newser) - Police in Norway say five people were killed Wednesday evening when a man armed with a bow and arrows went on a rampage in a town west of Oslo. Police say the man was arrested and he appears to have acted alone, the BBC reports. According to local media, the...

Brawls Follow End of Restrictions in Norway
Restrictions End,
and Brawls Follow

Restrictions End, and Brawls Follow

Unexpected announcement fills streets, clubs with crowds

(Newser) - Police in Norway on Sunday reported dozens of disturbances and violent clashes, including mass brawls in the Nordic country’s big cities, after streets, bars, restaurants, and nightclubs were filled by people celebrating the end of COVID-19 restrictions. Prime Minister Erna Solberg gave just one day's notice that most...

After 561 Days, Pandemic Rules End in Norway
Norway Drops
Pandemic Rules

Norway Drops Pandemic Rules

Handshakes are permitted again, health minister says

(Newser) - New coronavirus infections in Norway have dropped by half in the past two weeks. New hospitalizations have leveled off. And University of Oxford data show that 67% of the population is fully vaccinated, while 10% has had its first shot. So the government canceled its pandemic restrictions on Saturday, the...

Norway Takes a Stance on Photos Posted by Influencers

Touched-up images on social media will need a label

(Newser) - Khloe Kardashian received attention in April for trying to pull an unedited swimsuit photo of herself off the internet that may have been posted accidentally. To quiet the discussion about the issues that raised, she then put a revealing photo on Instagram , saying, "This is me and my body...

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