"People have travelled along the Norwegian coastline with "Hurtigruten"
since 1893. The journey is known as "The World's Most Beautiful Sea Voyage". Now everybody can travel along in the world's longest TV program! Spectacular fjords, midnight sun and genuine Norwegian scenery make the setting for a trip from Bergen to Kirkenes. We broadcast the whole trip live minute by minute for 134 hours!" Watch the whole thing live here
. [more inside]
posted by sveskemus
on Jun 16, 2011 -
Norway's penal system has gathered some attention recently, as the new Halden prison
just opened. The $217 million facility will house 252 prisoners, some long-term and some short. The new prison is notable for, among other things, use of armoured glass instead of bars on windows, natural lighting
and single-inmate cells with private showers, TVs and access to a gym and a sound studio. There was also an art budget, and Norwegian street artist Dolk
was commisioned to decorate some of the walls. The Norwegian penal system is similar to the other Scandinavian countries', with no death penalty, and a "life" sentence of 21 years. In Norway there are no privately run incarceration facilities, and the opening of the rather plush-seeming Halden prison spurred some discussion, but garnered no big controversy. [more inside]
posted by Harald74
on May 27, 2010 -
were the winners of the Liet International 2009 song contest
for minority european languages and cultures. Sámi rock, you say? But wait, there's more! There's Alit Boazu
from the Norwegian side, and Tiina Sanila
, a Skolt Sámi
singer from Finland. And yes, there is Sámi metal
, from the band Intrigue
. There are plenty other Sámi musicians across Sápmi
and outside of the genre of rock, of course. There's Amoc
, an Inari Sámi rapper from Finland; Adjágas
who are folky and bluegrassy at times; Niko Valkeapää
, who is more ambient and electronic; and of course, Mari Boine
, recently knighted for her long career of artistic work
). [Sound, MySpace warnings] [more inside]
posted by taursir
on Dec 25, 2009 -
is a new podcast by Lars Brownworth, best known for his podcast series 12 Byzantine Rulers
). Norman Centuries, as the name suggests, recounts the history of the Normans, those literal vikings who gained Normandy and then England, Sicily, Malta, Antioch and, well, a whole heck of a lot of other places too. They were a conquering bunch. First two episodes are out with more to follow. [iTunes link]
posted by Kattullus
on Oct 15, 2009 -
The Iraqi who saved Norway from oil:
requires registration, but it's worth it.
...dependency on natural resources can poison a country’s economic and political system. Inflows of hard currency push up prices, squeezing the competitiveness of non-oil businesses and starving them of capital. As a result, productivity growth withers (a phenomenon known as “Dutch disease” after the negative effects of North Sea gas production on the Netherlands). Meanwhile, the state institutions in charge of oil often become corrupt and evade democratic control. And oil-rich states almost invariably waste the income it brings, many ending their oil booms deeper in debt than when they started.
posted by anotherpanacea
on Aug 29, 2009 -
Fifty Norwegian artists (including the national symphony orchestra KORK), who recorded Prince covers in honor of his 50th birthday June 7, have been slapped with a lawsuit by the short-tempered star.
For now, all 81 songs can be previewed free on C+C Records' website
, and some are also available on MySpace
in streamable medley form. Source.
posted by astruc
on Jun 28, 2008 -
A year from yesterday, George W. Bush will no longer be President. So here's yet another
online quiz to help you "Test your party preference".
But the policy questions in contention in this quiz may seem surprising to many Americans.
posted by orthogonality
on Jan 21, 2008 -
is a very successful, well-compensated
and winner of numerous Grand Prix World Championships. He is under investigation
by Italian authorities for tax evasion, which The Doctor
allegedly accomplished in part by relocating to London and possibly taking advantage of the Non-domicile classification
[link to google cache to avoid registration
] for tax purposes. According to UK authorities, in 2003, for instance, his declared income
was £650. Even a priests is becoming vocally upset
at Rossi and the public's reaction. On a far larger scale, the UK was earlier this year identified as an Offshore Financial Center in an IMF white paper
[34 page PDF
]and there are those who think the purported tax-haven monster
should be confronted. The Norwegian government agrees
and wants to "facilitate the recovery of assets illicitly stacked away in tax havens" by way of a global coalition, of which the UK is not part.
posted by preparat
on Sep 3, 2007 -
During the 19th century, thousands of men took to the seas to hunt for whales. The indigenous peoples of the Arctic practiced whaling for several millennia before that. Technological change and changes in mores have reduced the whaling industry to a heavily regulated shadow of what it used to be. But it hasn’t disappeared altogether. Even now, at the dawn of the 21st century, ships prowl the seas in search of a spout or a gigantic fin. A few months ago, Outside magazine published an account of a whale hunt aboard the Norwegian ship Sofie.
posted by jason's_planet
on Oct 23, 2006 -
The last hope of life on earth: Svalbard.
Most of humanity depends on just 12 plant species
, down from over 7,000 historically. Fortunately, seeds can be viable for up to thousands of years
, and seed banks have already preserved many species, including the entire plant population of Antarctica
. But with seed banks being destroyed
as the result of wars and accident, Norway has has begun work
on an underground facility, protected by polar bears, in the Arctic permafrost
that is designed to hold millions of seeds, as "final safety net"
posted by blahblahblah
on Jun 19, 2006 -
is now available worldwide, for free. A quality web browser for your Java enabled cellphone.
posted by mr.marx
on Jan 24, 2006 -
Global warming -- the upside:
the entrepreneurs poised to make millions from new ports and shipping lanes in the formerly ice-bound Arctic circle. A fascinating New York Times article on the international land-grab following the news (reported here
, discussed here
, whitewashed here
, et. al.
) that the polar ice caps and Siberian permafrost are melting. Goodbye Gulf Stream, hello Club Med Santa-style -- first SUV to the North Pole wins!
posted by digaman
on Oct 10, 2005 -