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Wood burning pollutes the urban air in Norway

Around 45 per cent of the wood consumed in Oslo is burned in apartments. Thus, wood burning for residential heating, and the resulted particle emission, may have a much larger impact on air quality in Norwegian urban areas than previously thought.

Knitting advice side by side with the Russian Revolution

How did Norwegian women get their news a century ago? It turns out that women’s weekly magazines offered up knitting patterns along with lots of international news, including the Russian Revolution.

Why do the Nordics trust one another?

Scandinavian and Nordic populations are a trusting lot, exhibiting a high degree of confidence in other people. Why?

Economic equality is the best way to combat child poverty

Norwegian society is moving towards greater economic inequality, according to new figures on child poverty in Norway. Can this development be turned around?

Helping refugee children to read — with a computer game

Syrian refugee children often do not learn to read in their native Arabic. But two new games are set to change that.

Air could be the world’s next battery

Storing compressed air in sealed tunnels and mines could be a way of storing energy in the future – if an EU project in which Norway is a partner is successful.

Gender-equality ideals make Muslim women more religious

When gender equality is portrayed as a uniquely Western value, immigrant Muslim women choose to embrace religion as a result, according to a Norwegian researcher.

Entrepreneurs must save the countryside

Norwegian and Czech scientists are collaborating to get more people to stay in the countryside. That's why they organized courses for entrepreneurship. "It's all about 'forcing' people to see new opportunities," says one of the researchers.

The least wealthy of Norwegian pensioners are worth millions

Even the humblest 20 percent of households of older Norwegians are good for about NOK 2 million each.

How Norwegians made sure criminals went to Hell

During the Middle Ages, people were deeply concerned about the fate of bad criminals: Not only was it necessary to punish them on Earth, but every effort had to be made to make certain they went to Hell.