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Scientists: The oceans are changing and so should we

An international group of researchers offer solutions on how to rescue the oceans and their fishy inhabitants from rising temperatures and overfishing by ever-hungry humans.

Romani distrust of government lives on

More Romani people in Norway value the importance of education. But the historical distrust and fear of authority haven’t disappeared.

General prosperity is a key to democracy

All of today's countries could become democratic regardless of their present form of government. Prosperity is a greater factor than religion in democratization.

Feminism is trendy – but not in Norwegian politics

Swedish feminists are making substantial political inroads. Feminism has become trendy in Norway too. Is a Norwegian feminist party in the cards?

Norway was controlled from the pulpit

Norwegian society was totalitarian during the nearly four centuries that Norway was ruled from Copenhagen. Sermons were closely supervised and controlled by the rulers.

Machines are better than people at sorting household trash

Novel technology makes it unnecessary to sort trash at home for recycling. But Norwegian authorities want us to keep doing it anyway.

Norwegian municipalities lack legal safeguards

Norwegian law does not offer enough protection for local self-government. That could have a dampening effect on the willingness of citizens to get involved in this most immediate form of democracy.

Making climate taxes more acceptable

A majority of Norwegians would accept increased climate taxes – if the taxes are understood as targeting specific environmental purposes. Earmarking of the revenues could help to gain public acceptance for such taxes.

Civil rights kowtow to counter-terrorism

Norwegians are becoming increasingly willing to let the authorities infringe on their civil rights in the fight against terrorism.

Urban Norway on the rise

Norway’s urban regions continue to grow steadily. Yet these regions are receiving little attention from the government and are rarely represented in public administrative documents or legislation.