Is life in Norway as happy as it’s cracked up to be?

OPINION: As an Australian who worked in Oslo for three years, I found that while freedom, tolerance and happiness are indeed important values there, you can expect to enjoy them only if you’re Norwegian.

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  • Suburbanites are climate villains

    Who are the most eco-friendly, rural people or city people? Whatever the answer, if you are climate conscious you should stay clear of the suburbs.
  • Now we can learn more about chemicals in the body

    Now it will be much easier to examine the effects of chemical substances on humans, thanks to a new computer model which compares data from all over the world.
  • Who gave this ring to her lover?

    Archaeologist Brit Solli has been speculating for 20 years what a gold ring from the 13th century has been doing inside a stone wall on a small Norwegian island.
  • All-in-one algae

    The alga starts by making hydrogen for fuel cells and consuming CO2. Then it can be converted into useful products like health food, fish fodder, medicines, construction materials and biofuels.
  • Large differences in ADHD treatment

    Attitudes about Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and how to treat it vary enormously from country to country. Dissimilarities in the use of medicines and psychosocial countermeasures are also evident.
  • Researchers sow doubt about Moon's origins

    New dating of Moon rock pulls out the carpet from under the prevailing theory about how our Moon came into being. Either the Moon is younger than previously thought – or it was not born of a red hot sea of magma.
  • Good sperm extends lifespan

    High sperm quality is a sign of a long life for men, a new study suggests.
  • Don’t blame the pigs for new flu types

    Pigs have been suspected of producing new types of dangerous influenza viruses that were highly infectious for humans. But pigs are no more responsible for this than we humans are, a new study shows.
  • Yo-Yo dieter with eiderdown

    The common eider is a yo-yo dieter. This can make the sea duck vulnerable to environmental toxins and disease both on the Svalbard Archipelago and along the Norwegian coast.
  • Culture Building for the public

    Some municipal culture buildings find it a chore to attract the public. But one cannot expect a culture building to create culture, asserts an urban development researcher.