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On this day September 29, 1954

Eleven countries signed a convention establishing the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), currently the world’s largest particle physics laboratory.

Blue founding members

Blue founding members

The acronym CERN originally stood, in French, for Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire (European Council for Nuclear Research), which was a provisional council for setting up the laboratory.

The organization was established by the following 11 European governments; Belgium, Denmark, West Germany, France, Greece, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Netherlands and United Kingdom.

Today the organization has twenty European member states, and is currently the workplace of approximately 2,600 full-time employees, as well as some 7,931 scientists and engineers (representing 580 universities and research facilities and 80 nationalities). Read More…

On this day June 7, 1945

King Haakon VII of Norway returns with his family to Oslo after five years in exile.

King Haakon VII of Norway

The beleaguered and demoralized Norwegian government was evacuated from Tromsø on 7 June aboard HMS Devonshire; and after a 34-knot (63 km/h) dash, under cover of HMS Glorious, HMS Acasta, and HMS Ardent, safely arrived in London.

Haakon and his cabinet set up a Norwegian government in exile in the British capital. Taking up residence at Rotherhithe in London, Haakon was an important national symbol in the Norwegian resistance. Between March 1942 and the end of the war in June 1945 the King and his son, Crown Prince Olav, lived at Foliejon Park in Winkfield, near Windsor.

Nuclear Security Summit

President Barack Obama open the 47-nation Nuclear Security Summit in Washington.  The president says he wants new commitments to secure weapons-grade plutonium and uranium to prevent nuclear terrorism.

With concerns about the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea a major backdrop to the conference, this is the biggest U.S.-sponsored gathering of world leaders in more than 60 years.

The New START treaty was signed on April 8, 2010 in Prague by U.S. President Obama and Russian President Medvedev and Iran will hold the Tehran International Conference on Disarmament and Non- Proliferation, 2010, announced on April 4, 2010 and to be held April 17–18, 2010.

The Summit is the largest gathering of heads of state called by a United States president since the 1945 United Nations Conference on International Organization. Delegations from forty-six governments plus the United States are attending, thirty-eight of which are represented by heads of state or government. Read More…

On this day February 6, 1992

The Saami people of the Nordic countries have an official day celebrating their existence.

saami_family_1900The Sami National Day falls on February 6 as this date was when the first Sámi congress was held in 1917 in Trondheim, Norway.

This congress was the first time that Norwegian and Swedish Sámi came together across their national borders to work together to find solutions for common problems. Read More…

Ireland and Norway donate emergency aid relief to Ethiopia

Ireland has pledged €1.35 million in emergency aid to Ethiopia, in order to help quell the ongoing food crisis in the country.

According to figures by the Ethiopian government released on Friday, the number of people needing food aid in the country is 6.2 million.

Irish Minister of State for Overseas Development Peter Power said that he was “deeply concerned” about the figures.

Norway’s government is re-elected

Parliamentary elections were held in Norway on 14 September 2009. Early voting was possible between 10 August through 12 September 2009, while some municipalities held open voting on 13 September.

Norway  (green)  on the Europe

Norway (green) on the Europe

The Red-Green Coalition, formed by the Labour, the Socialist Left Party (SV), and the Centre Party, established in 2005 to constitute a alternative to the centre-right government of Kjell Magne Bondevik, won the Norwegian parliamentary election.

The results showed a continued majority for the governing Red-Green Coalition, which is expected to allow Jens Stoltenberg to continue as prime minister.

On the non-socialist side, both the Conservative Party and Progress Party posted gains from 2005. The centrist Liberal Party failed to meet the electoral threshold at 4.0%, and were reduced to two representatives. Read More…

Norwegians mercenaries face death penalty in Congo

Two former Norwegian soldiers are sentenced to death for murder and espionage by a military tribunal in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Joshua Olav Daniel Hodne French, sometimes called John Hunt, (born April 7, 1982) and Tjostolv Moland, sometimes called Mike Callan (born in 1981) are two Norwegian former soldiers who later worked in the security industry.

French grew up in Re in Vestfold and has both Norwegian and British citizenship. Moland is from Vegårshei in Aust-Agder county. In May 2009, French and his partner and friend Moland were arrested in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, accused of murder and espionage for Norway.

On September 8, they were both found guilty on all accounts and sentenced to death by a military tribunal in the regional capital Kisangani. In addition to the death sentence for both, the tribunal ordered the Norwegian government to pay a USD 1 compensation to each Congolese citizen; the Democratic Republic of the Congo has an estimated population of 66,020,000. Read More…

Norwegian FOST conducted illegal surveillance against the PM

Yesterday, Norwegian news outlets reported that Defense Security Service (Forsvarets sikkerhetstjeneste [FOST]) had conducted illegal surveillance against the prime minister’s office and other government offices.


Norwegian PM Jens Stoltenberg

Kripos, a division of the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and the Police, did a police search of the Norwegian Ministry of Defence’s top-secret intelligence agency’s computer equipment in Jørstadmoen, after a request by the Ministry of Defense.

While remaining confident that the case will be investigated in a correct way, Norwegian Prime minister Jens Stoltenberg stated to Aftenposten late Wednesday that “it’s important that the police now find out what actually has happened.” Read More…