In Norway, plastic bottles are still fantastic | AFP

With a 97 per cent recycling rate, Norway is ten years ahead of the EU’s 2029 target date by when member countries must recycle at least 90 percent of their plastic bottles. Although the country acknowledges that the planet needs to deal with the problem, it still believes that plastic has a promising future.

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Gloomy Van Gogh confirmed as real after decades of doubt | AFP

Researchers confirm that a haunting self-portrait of Vincent van Gogh is genuine after decades of uncertainty, saying it was the only work painted by the Dutch master while suffering from psychosis. The “Self Portrait (1889)” owned by the Nationalmusjeet in Oslo, Norway, which shows the artist giving a sideways glance against a swirling blue and yellow background, was confirmed as authentic by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

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Mammoth field fires up Norway’s oil industry | AFP

Under yellow metal legs stretching beneath the sea, billions of dollars lie buried. As the world tries hard to halt global warming, a huge oil field breathes new life into Norway’s oil sector.

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Global warming takes its toll on France’s Christmas trees | AFP

In northeastern France, global warming is taking its toll on Christmas trees. From the Norway spruce to the Noble fir, species are dying out at an alarming rate, forcing farmers to adapt to changing conditions. One of these is Jean-Louis Marcinkowski, who has a plot of land in the Northern Vosges Regional Nature Park. 20% of the trees he planted in springtime have died, so now he is experimenting with the Rocky Mountain fir, a North American fir tree that is more resistant to heat.

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In the deserts of Dubai, salmon farming thrives | AFP

From a control room in the middle of Dubai’s desert, Norway’s sunrises and sunsets and the cool currents of the Atlantic are recreated for the benefit of thousands of salmon raised in tanks despite searing conditions outside.

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Norwegians take part in ‘Death Diving’ belly flop championship | AFP

Jumping from a ten-foot board, competitors in Norway take part the unusual Dodsing championship, delighting the crowd with their daring antics.

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Get Outta Here! Podcast: Cruising the Fjords

Associated Press correspondent Brian Witte cruised to the Arctic Circle this spring, taking in breathtaking scenery, plus charming and historic towns along Norway’s rugged coast.

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From princes to undertakers, Norway’s motorists go electric | AFP

Norway may be the biggest oil producer in Western Europe, but the Scandinavian nation is still aiming to go green. The government’s official target is for all new cars to be zero emission models as of 2025, hitting the half-way mark in March.

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Japanese royals meet Polish president and his wife in Warsaw | AFP

Japanese Crown Prince Akishino and his wife Crown Princess Kiko kicked off a visit to Poland and Norway by meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda at the presidential palace in Warsaw. IMAGES

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Signing of bilateral treaties between South Korea and Finland | AFP

South Korean President Moon Jae-In and his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto assist to the signing of bilateral treaties. Moon is visiting the Nordic region and will be spending eight days in Finland, Norway and Sweden. IMAGES

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Days are numbered for Norway’s fur farms | AFP

The Norwegian government plans to soon pass new legislation banning new fur farms and calling for existing ones to be dismantled by February 1, 2025. Hailed by animal rights’ activists, the ban has been slammed by Norway’s 200 or so fur farmers, for whom it’s often a side — but very lucrative — business. AN AFPTV VOICED REPORT

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In Norway, sea of wonder at Europe’s first underwater restaurant | AFP

For the chef and diners alike, each meal beneath the waves at Europe’s first underwater restaurant is a thing of wonder. The aptly named new restaurant Under opened a few weeks ago in Lindesnes on Norway’s southern tip. It serves up Poseidon’s delicacies in an architectural showpiece that stretches down five metres (15 feet) underwater, offering a unique closeup of ocean life.

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Well done, Comrade Belugov! Media claim fishermen encountered ‘Russian spy whale’ off Norway

A friendly beluga whale wearing a harness was spotted by Norwegian fishermen and freed from its garment. Now the country’s media are speculating that the marine animal must have been working for the Russian Navy. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9t9e

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Norway fisherman removes harness from whale

A beluga whale found with a tight harness that appeared to be Russian made has raised the alarm of Norwegian officials and prompted speculation that the animal may have escaped from a Russian military facility. (April 30)

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Moscow’s bait for Norway? ‘Military’ whale allegedly tricks fishermen into seizing spy harness

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Daredevil loses balance on the 1,000m-high tightrope (DRONE FOOTAGE)

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A Norwegian daredevil had a shocking close call when he slipped during a death-defying walk on a tightrope suspended 1,000 meters high above two cliffs in Kjerag, Norway.

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‘We feared ship would capsize’: Viking Sky safely arrives at Norwegian port after engine failure

A luxury cruise ship that was left floating due to engine failure and nearly crashed into the rocks in rough waters has safely arrived in the port of Molde on the west coast on Norway, with over 900 people on board.

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Dramatic: Furniture sliding, parts of ceiling fall off on Viking Sky ship with over 1k on board

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Viking Sky cruise ship has been in distress for over 15 hours off Norway’s coast, 900+ are still waiting to be evacuated.

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Viking Sky cruise ship in distress, water flows inside, hundreds of passengers on board

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More than 900 people and crew are still aboard the Viking Sky cruise ship over 15 hours since it sent out a mayday signal following engine failure off Norway’s rocky western coast. Passengers posted dramatic photos from inside.

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