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Free choice of hospital may reinforce social differences

People with higher education, and people who live in areas with a low mortality rate, are overrepresented among users of the free choice of hospital system.

Courts more likely to move against racist and discriminatory speech

The threshold has been lowered for prosecuting and convicting people of hate speech in Norway, according to a Bergen legal scholar.

The well-heeled leave biggest carbon footprint

A new study shows that more affluent households have a greenhouse gas effect from travel and transport that is 250 times greater than individuals in the lowest economic classes of society.

Worldviews shape personality

Ways we view the world strongly influence what sort of people we are. A worldview reflects personality and behavioural patterns, according to a Swedish researcher.

Music in harmony with faith

There is a clear connection between spiritual beliefs in a society and the music it creates, says Norwegian researcher.

Norwegians suffer more painful deaths than necessary

Norwegian health personnel don’t administer enough pain relief to the dying. New research shows that this is partly due to fears of being accused of euthanasia.

Hunger increases support for social welfare

If we are hungry when we’re asked about our attitude towards welfare, we are more likely to show support for a social welfare policy. This is a biological impulse which ensures survival, new research suggests.

The Wire: a visual novel

The visual style of The Wire emphasises the political messages and the plot and dialogue. A video essay about this American TV series has reached a much wider audience than a traditional essay in an academic journal.

Young people say no to weed

Norwegian youths, like their peers across Europe, use less cannabis today than they did at the turn of the millennium.

Stay in control or display emotions?

Different cultures express emotions in various manners. Indonesians and Norwegians, for example, grieve in very different ways.