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Sami people persuade Norway pension fund to divest from Dakota Access
The Sami parliament, representing indigenous people also known as Lapps, has convinced Norway’s second largest pension fund to ditch the oil pipeline project

In an act of international solidarity between indigenous peoples, the Sami parliament in Norway has persuaded the country’s second largest pension fund to withdraw its money from companies linked to a controversial oil project backed by Donald Trump.

The project to build the 1,900km Dakota Access oil pipeline across six US states has prompted massive protests from Native American activists at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.

This week, after lobbying by the Sami parliament, Norway’s local authority pension fund KLP announced it would sell of shares worth $58m in companies building the pipeline.

Vibeke Larsen, president of the Sami parliament, said the pension fund announced the move when she arrived at a meeting in Oslo to discuss Dakota Access.

“We feel a strong solidarity with other indigenous people in other parts of the world, so we are doing our part in Norway by putting pressure on the pension funds,” she told the Guardian.

The Sami – sometimes called Lapps in English – are an indigenous people living in the Arctic area of Sápmi in the far north of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia’s Kola peninsula.

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First look at The Man Who Knew 75 Languages, an animated documentary on Georg Sauerwein (1831 – 1904), a German scholar who knew over 70 languages. As a young man, he was invited to the German court to instruct the princess Elisabeth zu Wied.
The project is produced by Fralita Films (Lithuania), Embla Film AS (Norway) and Fumi Studio (Poland).
The film will play at this year’s Annecy.

independent.co.uk
Most cars sold in Norway are now either electric or hybrid
Norway already has the highest per capita number of all-electric cars in the world

Norway said that electric or hybrid cars represented half of new registrations in the country so far in 2017, as Norway continues its trend towards becoming one of the most ecologically progressive countries in the world.

According to figures from the Road Traffic Information Council (OFV), cited by AFP, sales of electric cars accounted for 17.6 per cent of new vehicle registrations in January and hybrid cars accounted for 33.8 per cent, for a combined 51.4 per cent.

Norway already has the highest per capita number of all-electric cars in the world and the experiment shows every sign of accelerating.

The milestone is also particularly significant as a large proportion of Norway’s funds rely on the country’s petroleum industry

“This is a milestone on Norway’s road to an electric car fleet,” Climate and Environment minister Vidar Helgesen told AFP.

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New Porsche Classic Centre in Norway

Porsche has launched another competence centre for its classic cars: In the Norwegian city of Son–around an hour’s drive south of Oslo–the world’s third Porsche Classic Centre has opened its doors. This is the latest expansion of the Porsche Classic service network for vintage cars and modern classics. Alongside the three exclusive Porsche Classic Centres, the network includes 51 Porsche Centres that have been certified as Porsche Classic Partners.

The new Porsche Classic Centre has been set up right next to the Porsche Centre Son. In the 2,000-square-meter building, up to six classic cars can undergo maintenance, repair or restoration at any one time. Five highly qualified technicians received comprehensive additional training in this work from the experts at Porsche Classic in Stuttgart.

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dmc56  asked:

do you have any tips for learning Norwegian? I'm a beginner.

hello there! :)

i’ll try my best to tell you what i do to learn the language and what i think is important. if anyone has something else to add, please feel free to do it! 

first, it’s really important that you focus on grammar, vocab and your listening and speaking skills. try to find a balance! people will argue that it’s more important to do grammar than vocab or the other way around, but i never thought i had to choose between the two.. i just study grammar one day and vocab the next one. it’s just really important to do both. listening and speaking skills are also super important because they will let you communicate with natives in real life. now i’ll just tell you what i use and how i tend to study!


What I Use:

(or i should say, resources i have saved)

Duolingo: [grammar and vocab] great way to start!!! it sometimes feel like the sentences are useless but they teach you vocabulary and basic grammar, which i think is great.

Memrise: [vocab] so good for vocab! easy to use on the go.

Babbel: [grammar, vocab, speaking, listening] i think it’s one of my favourite apps/websites. it is not free but it’s very well made and it explains grammar much better than duolingo does.

Readlang: [reading] (i don’t use it that much) but you can find many texts written in norwegian to practice reading. it can be really useful, especially if you have a bit of a hard time finding books

Forvo: [listening and speaking] this website lets people record themselves say words so you can listen to them. it shows you the real pronunciation of words (i mean when compared to google translate) and tells you where the speaker is from (which is important with norwegian and its dialects)

NTNU’s Norwegian on the Web: [grammar, vocab, listening] haven’t actually used this one yet, but it’s made by a university in trondheim so i guess it’s not bad!

UiO’s Future Learn Introduction to Norwegian[grammar, vocab, listening] i took this free online class a couple of months ago and i don’t know when it will be available again, but it was so great! they have videos and grammar lessons, so you have a good balance between grammar and real life use of norwegian.

Get Started in Norwegian / Complete Norwegian / Enjoy Norwegian: [grammar, vocab, listening] i absolutely love these books! i put links to buy them, but maybe you can find a way to download them online. they explain grammar really well and they have exercises to practice what you learn.

Assimil’s Le Norvégien: [grammar, reading, listening] don’t know if available in another language than french. also really great! a good mix of reading, listening and writing!

På Vei (A1-A2) / Stein På Stein (B1) / Her På Berget (B2): [grammar, vocab] my favourite at the moment, i downloaded all the textbooks and exercise books on Scribd and you can find download links here too. i absolutely love them! the first one is kind of childish but the grammar rules are well explained and the textbooks let you read more.

Klar Tale: [reading] news (from norway and around the world) written in simple words. that’s how i first started reading in norwegian and it’s helped me a lot!


How I Study:

Taking notes: after i’m done with a duolingo or memrise lesson or after i learned something new in my grammar books, i like to write down the new words, grammar concepts and other things like that down in my notebook. it helps me remember stuff more easily and helps me review!

Flashcards: helps me learn verbs and vocab. also super easy to bring with you when you want to study on the bus or when you’re waiting somewhere!

Watching TV Shows/Movies: there are quite a lot of norwegian tv shows on netflix, like Nobel, Okkupert, Lillehammer or Øyevitne. and obviously Skam (not on netflix though). when i can, i like to watch the episode with norwegian subtitles to see the words as i’m hearing them. then i watch the episode again with english subs to see what i understood (or didn’t understand).

Listening to music/podcasts: you can find a bunch of norwegian playlist on spotify and it helps so much with your listening skills! I like to read the lyrics while i listen to songs because i can associate the sounds with the written words (and the other way around). i also like the nrk-skampod, because it’s fun and the people on the podcasts speak a variety of dialects.

Reading the news: i like to read the articles, sum them up and write down the words i don’t know. Look up the words and then read the article again to see if i understand it better.

Writing: keep a journal or write to natives (or other learners), because even if you memorize 100 grammar rules by heart, if you never apply them in real context, you won’t learn/remember them. believe me, the natives on this website are really nice and they want to help us learn!

Speaking: i speak to myself (and my cat) a lot, when doing my lessons or when i’m getting ready in the morning. i’m too shy to speak to natives so that’s the best way i found to actually practice my speaking! it’s weird, yes, but effective.

In the End, What Is Important:

obviously you might not have time to study everyday, but i believe it’s important to be around the language at least 20 to 30 minutes a day. sometimes i’m able to sit down and write notes and be really productive. other days, all i can do is listen to music on the way to school/work. i’m rarely able to do grammar, learn vocab, practice my listening or speaking skills all in one day, but i try my best to do everything in the course of a week! it’s better to do a bit every day, than to study 5 hours straight once a week!

That’s it!!

I’m sorry that got so long and i really hope that answers your question. If somehow it didn’t, send me another message and i’ll try my best to answer it :)

Nations' reaction to their 2p selfs...

This has probably being done already, but i wanted so much to do an Hetalia reaction gif set that i couldn’t resist XD

NB: THE GIFS ARE NOT MINE! CREDITS WILL GO TO WHO HAS MADE THE GIF AND THE OWNERS OF THE VIDEOS!

Italy Veneziano:

Germany:

Japan:

America:

England:

France:

“Honhonhonhon, je suis sexy, honhonhon!”

Russia:

China:

Romano:

Belgium:

Netherlands:

Luxemburg:

Austria:

Hungary:

Monaco:

Danmark:

Iceland and Norway:

*still processing the news*

Svezia:

Finland:

Liechtenstein:

Switzerland:

Spain:

Prussia:

“There’s someone as awsome as me?!?!”

Ukraine:

Belarus:

Estonia:

Latvia:

Lithuania

Poland:

“I’m, like, sexy as hell!!!”

Romania and Bulgaria:

Greece:

Turkey:

Egypt:

Seychelles:

“I have no idea about what the f*** is going on!*

India:

Vietnam:

Thailand:

Taiwan:

South Corea:

New Zeland:

Australia:

Cuba:

Canada:

Roman Empire:

Germania:

Micronations:

And, in the end….

2p!Nations:

"The f*** is wrong with them?!”

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Norway to allow total eradication of its most peaceful wolf pack

22nd of June, 2016

The peaceful Osdals pack is a pack currently consisting of 8 wolves, all which are now in dangered of being shot. Their territory resides in Rendalen in southeastern Norway - an area that holds most of Norway’s wolf population. In Norway, settled wolves, or breeding wolves, are only allowed to live in certain areas called “wolf zones”. Allthough the wolf pack’s territory has been discussed to become a part of the wolf zone by the government, and higly recommended to be by proffesionals, the Osdals wolves are unfortunately currently living outside the zone. Any wolves wandering away from these sounds is basically doomed to death. Note that the eurasian wolf is classified as nationally critically endangered in the country. 

Predecessors of the current Osdals pack, Erik and Heidi, that was shot in 2011. Picture by Lars Gangås. 

The Odals wolves has never killed sheep or domestic reindeer, and is living in a wildlife area with few people and bursting with prey animals. 

The packs territory also overlaps with the Julussa pack which breeding female is considered Norway’s most genetically important specimen as she is of Russian blood. This female is now in danger of being shot during the hunt on the Osdals wolves if she is to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The reason these wolves are being killed boils down to the fact that Norway only allows three breedings per year. A breeding pack needs out, and allthough these wolves live in one of the country’s most suited areas for wolves, they draw the shortest straw as being the pack outside the wolf zone. Instead of expanding the zone to include these wolves, they are now getting a death sentence. 

The hunt starts off on 1st of January 2017. Usually licence hunts on wolves starts on 1st of October in Norway. But should both parents wolves be shot it would mean that any surviving pups of this years litter would have poor chances to survive the winter. 

Norway plans to cull more than two-thirds of its wolf population

September 16, 2016 - Norway is planning to cull more than two-thirds of its remaining wolves in a step that environmental groups say will be disastrous for the dwindling members of the species in the wild.

There are estimated to be about 68 wolves remaining in the wilderness areas of Norway, concentrated in the south-east of the country, but under controversial plans approved on Friday as many as 47 of these will be shot.

Hunting is a popular sport in the country. Last year more than 11,000 hunters applied for licences to shoot 16 wolves, a ratio of more than 700 applicants to each licence.

The government has justified this year’s planned cull – the biggest in more than a century – on the basis of harm done to sheep flocks by the predators. Environmental groups dispute this, saying the real damage is minimal and the response out of all proportion.

The government did not reply to a request from the Guardian for comment.

The government has taken action to prevent illegal wolf hunting. Wolves are also an attraction for some tourists to the country. But the new legal hunting limit is beyond anything that the wild population can withstand, according to Norway’s leading green groups.

Under the arrangements, 24 wolves will be shot within the region of the country designated for wolf habitat, while another 13 will be shot in neighbouring regions and a further 10 in other areas of the country.

According to environmental groups, the number of wolves the government plans to kill this year is greater than in any year since 1911.

Nina Jensen, chief executive of WWF in Norway, said: “This is mass slaughter. We have not seen anything like this in a hundred years, back when the policy was that all large carnivores were to be eradicated.

“Shooting 70% of the wolf population is not worthy of a nation claiming to be championing environmental causes. People all over the country, and outside its borders, are now reacting.”

She said the losses to farmers from wolves had been minimal, and pointed to settlements by the Norwegian parliament in 2004 and 2011 that stipulated populations of carnivores must be allowed to co-exist with livestock.

“This decision must be stopped,” said Silje Ask Lundberg, chair of Friends of the Earth Norway. “With this decision, three out of six family groups of wolves might be shot. We are calling on the minister of environment to stop the butchering. Today, Norway should be ashamed.”

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Mexican Student Protests for Ayotzinapa at Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony

21-year-old International Relations student Adán Cortés Salas told his brother he was going to protest during the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony on Wednesday to demand justice for the 43 students of Ayotzinapa disappeared by the State on September 26. And he did.

As Malala Yousafzai was receiving her Nobel Peace Prize diploma and medal, Adán rushed the stage holding a blood-red stained Mexican flag.

“Please, Malala, they’re killing us. Don’t forget Mexico,” the young man reportedly said to the newly awarded Nobel laureate.

“Viva Mexico!” he shouted as he was being taken away by security.

“My brother told me that he intended to keep the (story of the 43 normalistas) in the news,” Austin Cortés Salas, Adán’s twin brother, told the Associated Press.

“If Enrique Peña Nieto’s intention was for people to get tired of this story and forget about what happened to the students in Mexico, that wasn’t going to happen,” he added.

Adán accomplished that and more. His courage will surely inspire others to continue fighting for justice for the students of Ayotzinapa, and for that alone, it was worth it.

At last report Adán was still in police custody. He is currently seeking asylum in Norway.

Photo credit: NRK News

THE WOLF RETURNS TO MOSS, NORWAY

It has been 10 years since Moss has housed wolves, but a recent analyse of droppings revealed that a female wolf has claimed the old wolf territory.

The analyse also showed that this female is from the 2013-litter of Fenris and Frøya (deceased) in Østmarka, just outside Norway’s capital Oslo.

Pleasant news for Norwegian wolf lovers as young wolves are not often allowed to live long enough to settle in territories.