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Avoiding the stock exchange

Companies with large, dominating owners tend to avoid the stock exchange. Companies with many owners, or with institutional owners are more inclined to go public.

A culture of smaller wage differences

A short distance of power is the explanation for the small wage differences between industrial workers and top executives in Norway, as shown in a study of salaries in 25 countries.

Voices from the grave

Early in the 13th century husbands and wives were not always allowed to be buried next to each other in cemeteries. Old Norwegian skeletons reveal long-forgotten burial customs.

Viking research sails eastward

The Vikings’ relationship to Eastern Europe has been overlooked, but a new era in Viking research is underway, according to Norwegian Archaeologist.

Pimples deserve more respect

Depressions and suicidal thoughts are twice as common among young people who are plagued with lots of pimples. This problem isn’t treated enough and should be taken more seriously, a new study suggests.

Shellfish and plastic can save Viking ships

Many of the 1,000-year-old Viking treasures are pretty fragile. New conservation techniques are being tested that include the use of prawn and crab shells.

All eyes on sea urchins

It doesn’t have normal eyes – it sees with its entire body. Special light-sensitive cells turn this spiny ball of a creature into an optical organ.

Practical math in primary schools

Experts disagree about the need for using practical activities to teach mathematics in Norwegian primary schools.

Low carb diets rocked in the Stone Age

The Neolithic population of Northern Europe maintained a diet based mainly on hunting and fishing even after agriculture became well established.

Heavy use of addictive drugs among disabled

People receiving disability benefits in Norway use a lot of habit-forming sleeping pills and sedatives and continue using them over a long time.