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Norway: Full Digitalization of Public Administration

(May 22, 2012) The Prime Minister of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg, announced on April 12, 2012, that “[c]orrespondence between the public and the administration will be based on digital mail,” and that full digitalization of the public sector will be the next major government reform. Citizens who prefer paper-based communication will have to actively select it […]

Norway: Indictment of Breivik for Terrorism, Arson, Murder

(Mar. 13, 2012) On March 7, 2012, Norwegian prosecutors made public the 18-page indictment against Anders Behring Breivik on charges of terrorism, arson, and murder. Breivik is accused of having killed 77 people, in Oslo and on the nearby island of Utøya, on July 22, 2012. (Horror of Norway Massacre Detailed in Terror Indictment Against […]

Norway: Crime Victims’ Compensation to Be Increased After July 2011 Massacre

(Mar. 1, 2012) It was reported on December 8, 2011, that the Storting (Norway's Parliament) will increase the amount of compensation given to victims of violent crime as well as the number of victims eligible for such compensation. The increase was suggested in the aftermath of the July 22, 2011, massacre of 77 persons, by […]

Norway: Developments in Mass Murder Case

(Jan. 20, 2012) On January 13, 2012, the Oslo District Court ordered a new psychiatric evaluation of criminal suspect Anders Behring Breivik, who has confessed to launching a car-bomb attack against government ministries in Oslo and killing a large number of young people on Utoya Island outside the city on July 22, 2011. Judge Wenche […]

Norway; United Nations: Expert Criticizes Plan to Repeal Laws on Indigenous Peoples

(Nov. 3, 2011) On October 28, 2011, James Anaya, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, advocated the rejection of a proposal made by one political party in Norway that laws and policies that now protect indigenous peoples be repealed. Anaya stated that such a repeal would be an “enormous setback […]

Norway: Concerns Raised for Passenger Data Privacy Under Proposed E-Ticket Transport System

(Nov. 1, 2010) Norway's Data Inspectorate (DI) issued a statement on October 21, 2010, raising concerns about customer privacy under a proposed electronic ticketing system for the country's transportation network that might register up to 30 pieces of information each time the holder validates a travel card for purchase. Such a system might be open […]

Norway; United States: Comparative Study of Drilling Regulations Issued

(Sept. 15, 2010) On August 26, 2010, DNV (Det Norske Veritas), self-described as “an independent foundation with the purpose of safeguarding life, property, and the environment” that provides risk-management services, issued a report summarizing the differences in the offshore drilling regulations of Norway and the United States. (About Us, DNV website, http://www.dnv.com/moreondnv/profile/about_us/ (last visited Sept. […]

Norway; Spain: MOU Signed on Shared Satellite

(Sept. 10, 2010) Norway and Spain are planning to jointly acquire and run a communications satellite; the two nations signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the project on September 7, 2010. The purpose is to improve communications with Norwegian forces serving abroad or at sea. The project will cost Norway NOK1.2 billion (about US$193.4 million) […]

Norway: Moratorium on Oil Drilling

(June 14, 2010) It was reported on June 8, 2010, that Norway's Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Terje Riis-Johansen, has announced that, in connection with its 21st licensing round, currently underway, Norway “will not allow any deepwater oil and gas drilling in new areas until the investigation into the explosion and spill in the US […]

Indonesia; Norway: Deforestation Agreement

(June 7, 2010) Indonesia and Norway have established a partnership through which Norway will grant the equivalent of US$1 billion in aid to Indonesia for forest preservation and climate control. Indonesia had said in 2009 that it plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at least 26% by the year 2020; that reduction could be as […]