Category: News

Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Seed Vault renovations begin

After a water-intrusion scare earlier this year, the international seed repository is beefing up its entryway M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Renovation work has begun on the Svalbard Global Seed Vault access tunnel to...

RV Kronprins Haakon

New research vessel

State-of-the-art ship soon to arrive in Bergen M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway The RV Kronprins Haakon, named for Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and built by Fincantieri at the La Spezia shipyard in Italy,...

Kon-Tiki raft

Heyerdahl’s last crewmate dies at age 89

The explorer was killed when his light aircraft crashed in Vermont The Local Pilot, sailor, and adventurer Norman Baker, the last living person to have sailed on Norwegian anthropologist and explorer Thor Heyerdahl’s raft...

Polar Bear at Norwegian Arctic Evening

Ambassador Aas hosts an Arctic evening

Great food, icy melting cocktails, and a polar bear make for a memorable event Christine Foster Meloni Washington, D.C. “Not your ordinary reception,” the invitation read. “Arctic Drinks/Arctic Seafood/Arctic Music.” The atmosphere at Arctic...

A man holding an ancient buffalo horn.

Vikings conquer Disney World

Disney World wants to showcase artifacts from the NTNU University Museum Steinar Brandslet NTNU Gemini A ninth-century sword, a magnificent drinking horn, a stunning hammer of Thor, a fearsome spearhead, fishing-related objects, and a...

Two wolves.

Wolf hunting suspended

Norway’s wolves are temporarily safe while court investigates The Local Wolf hunting in areas outside of the animal’s designated protected zones has been suspended after the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) sued the...

Vigeland sculptures fair game, EU rules

Oslo’s famous Angry Boy and Monolith monuments are free to be copied for profit The Local Oslo’s famous Sinnataggen (Spitfire or Angry Boy) and Monolitten (Monolith) monuments are free to be copied for profit...

Nordics still second best in English

Scandinavians are among the world’s best non-native English speakers, but the Dutch are better The Local The English Proficiency Index (EPI) from global language training company Education First (EF) again put the Scandinavians behind...