|JOWST in 2017, which feels to me to be the Norwegian equivalent of Daz Sampson, an upbeat middle aged man with minimal talent performing a severely dated disaster. It's here|
|A highly peculiar Scandi poor pop number from the land of the fjords in 2016. A bubble boy does little in the background whilst a bride changes tempo more often than a F1 car. She's called Agnete and sings "Icebreaker". Can't see this getting the party started, but you can disagree here|
|More low key quality from the land of the fjords in 2015. Morland & Debrah (why have one head of hair when you can have three) Scarlett have a most beguiling duet ballard called "A Monster Like Me". The key will be whether they can do it justice live, but I like it regardless and wish it well. You can too here|
|All minimalist for Norway in 2014, with the handyman Carl Espen and "Silent Scream", a deconstructed ballard which is the strongest song of the year. I don't think we can have another Nordic winner, but you may want to here|
|Margaret Berger is another to don the lycra jumpsuit in 2013, with "I Feed you my Love". Certainly a more appealing prospect in most regards and should perform strongly. You decide here|
|Norway, never afraid to showcase their integrated immigrants talents, and some would say because the ESC have an Eastern host, have plumped for Tooji in 2012, an Iranian-born Norwegian national with a sub-Saade gyrating experience. Top ten likely, but you can judge for yourself here|
|"Haba Haba" says Stella Mwangi in English and Swahili for Norway in 2011. Repeatedly. A deeply sentient and sophisticated song about hard work reaping its own rewards. Or a song that has "Haba haba hujaza kibaba" in it. Repeatedly. Draw your own conclusions here|
The Tourist Guide says
"Imagine a country where nature is a majestic gift
to mankind. Imagine a country enjoying the abundance of nature. Accumulated
through thousands of years. You will discover a country, which is enchantingly
unique. Natural. Imagine a country where light and darkness intertwine.
Where seasons melt together in colours and crystals. Imagine a country
where the thawing snow gives way to blossom. Where sea and mountain unite.
Where nature is a precious gift to mankind. Discover a country where nature
creates art. Where you are invited to a life-fulfilling experience of
"Today's Oslo has more than 500.000 inhabitants.
Maybe not much compared to other European capital cities, but paradoxically,
it is one of the largest in size, covering an area of 175 square miles
consisting mostly of forest and arable land.
Norway is postponing the country's version of A levels - to give students
chance to sober up. Norwegian students typically celebrate the end of
their schooling with a two-week long party known as 'russ'. But they then
have to go back and take their final exams and many struggle after partying
too hard. The celebrations traditionally run from the start of May until
Norwegian independence day on May 17.
Norwegian woman was so angry at being arrested for drink driving that
she urinated in the police car.
is postponing the country's version of A levels - to give students chance
to sober up. Norwegian students typically celebrate the end of their schooling
with a two-week long party known as 'russ'. But they then have to go back
and take their final exams and many struggle after partying too hard.
The celebrations traditionally run from the start of May until Norwegian
independence day on May 17.
A Norwegian footballer has agreed
to put back his retirement after a local club promised him as much pizza
as he could eat.
& Anja Garbarek
rights activists are furious after a Norwegian comedian attached an engine
to a dead pig and used it as a boat. Kristopher Schau and his colleagues
also tried blowing up rats and hamsters with helium to make what they called
"organic balloons". The animals exploded and the remains splattered
over the audience at the Quart Festival in Kristiansand.
"I feel angry but maybe most of all sad. I think it is terribly sad watching people being entertained by such a thing," said Ragnar Ommundsen.
The Norwegian animal rights organisation sent in a complaint. But the comedian was unrepentant: "If they have problems with this, they should attack children who play with their food as well" he said.
|76.01 men 82.07 women|
|Radios||915 per 1,000 people|
|Internet Users||4,499.1 per 10,000 people|
|Railway Network||2,500 miles|
|Death Penalty abolished in 1979|