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Norway: Tourist Falls to Death at Preikestolen

Date: October 18th, 2013 | No Comments

A Spanish tourist fell to his death at the Preikestolen cliffs in Norway, the first person to die at the popular tourist destination. The rock formation is nearly 2,000 feet high and sees roughly 200,000 visitors each year, many of whom pose for photographs near the cliff’s edge. Officials are discussing the need for a [read more]

Norway: Petty Crime Rises with the Summer Sun

Date: July 8th, 2009 | No Comments

Summertime is peak season for both tourism and street crime, with pickpockets and purse-snatchers working airports, train stations and hotels, especially in lobbies and restaurants. Often they work in pairs and use distraction as a way to steal handbags. The U.S. State Department reports that passports are seldom the goal of such thefts. Crooks are [read more]

Norway: Oslo Crime Rate Now Highest in Scandinavia

Date: March 12th, 2008 | No Comments

Crime around the country is reportedly decreasing except in Oslo, where it has become the highest in Scandinavia. Reported crimes in Oslo increased 25 percent in 2007 to 90 per 1,000 inhabitants. That is 12 percent higher than St0ckholm’s crime rate and 45 percent higher than Copenhagen’s. New York’s, by comparison, is 22, making Oslo’s [read more]


Date: October 5th, 2004 | No Comments

An incident where a passenger brought an ax aboard an aircraft and attacked the pilots has prompted Norwegian officials to implement tighter security policies, requiring that all airports, including regional short takeoff and landing airports, search all passengers and hand luggage, either with handheld devices or by hand. The measures also require that all cockpit [read more]

Norway: Cruise Ships Refused Port Due to Pilot Strike

Date: June 6th, 2012 | No Comments

With summer cruise season in full swing, several cruise ship companies found themselves turned away from Oslo ports due to a pilot strike at the end of May. The pilots lifted the strike, however, June 1, and the ports are back in action. Maritime regulations require an expert local pilot to assist ships with navigation [read more]

Norway: Young Speedsters a Menace on the Highways

Date: June 4th, 2008 | No Comments

Authorities in Norway are concerned about the high rate of traffic fatalities this year, with 106 deaths so far since January, up 50 percent from last year. Historically, most traffic deaths occur here from June through August, so the numbers are troubling. Many of the fatal accidents have involved speeding, intoxication, or both, and young [read more]

Baltic States and Scandinavia

Date: November 2nd, 2004 | No Comments

The U.S. State Department warned that it had received reports of possible terrorist attacks in the Baltic States or Nordic countries, and advised travelers or resident Americans to remain vigilant, especially “in centers of ground-based mass transit” and to avoid “large shopping areas and transportation hubs.” Government officials in Finland and Denmark said they knew [read more]

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