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Norway: Ethics Body Votes in Favor of Allowing Transgender Males to Keep Ovaries

(Nov. 16, 2015) Under a new draft law on changing one’s legal status formulated by Norway’s Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, men who are born as women and women who are born as men who wish to change their legal gender would no longer have to undergo irreversible sterilization and castration to do so, […]

ASEAN; Norway: Partnership Plans Announced

(Aug. 24, 2015) According to the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Børge Brende, Norway has been invited to create a formal partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). It is the first Western European country to forge such a relationship with the ten-member organization. (Norway to Enter into Partnership with ASEAN, NORWAY POST […]

Canada; Denmark; Norway; Russia; United States: Fishing Declaration Covering Central Arctic

(July 21, 2015) Five countries that ring the Arctic Ocean, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia, and the United States, signed a declaration in Oslo on July 16, 2015, designed to prevent unregulated fishing in the central part of that ocean. (Press Release, U.S. Department of State, Arctic Nations Sign Declaration to Prevent Unregulated Fishing in the […]

Norway: Blasphemy Provision to Be Removed from Penal Code

(May 19, 2015) On May 12, 2015, the Norwegian Parliament made a final decision to immediately remove the provision on blasphemy from the country’s General Civil Penal Code. The King must approve the amendment to the Code, and so the formal entry into force of the change will occur on or after May 22. (Anders […]

Netherlands; Norway: Dutch Prisoners Sue Unsuccessfully to Prevent Transfer of Norwegian Convicts to Luxury Cells

(Mar. 30, 2015) A Dutch court ruled on March 6, 2015, that long-term prisoners, serving ten years to life imprisonment, who currently live in “luxury cells” in Norgerhaven Prison must give up them up to make way for Norwegian convicts who are to be transferred to the facility based on an agreement reached between The […]

Norway: Segway Ban Lifted

(Sept. 30, 2014) On July 1, 2014, the unlicensed use of the self-balancing personal transport device (selvbalanserende kjøretøy), commonly known as the Segway, became legal on the streets of Norway. The device has been prohibited in the country for years because of its ability to reach relatively high speeds (20km/h, about 12.4 mph) and therefore […]

Norway: Begging to Become Illegal Again

(July 16, 2014) As of July 1, 2014, Norwegian municipalities have the right to make begging illegal. Members of the governing parties of the Stortinget (the country’s legislature) made a compromise with the Center Party (Senterpartiet) to acknowledge the right of self-governance of municipalities; specifically, their right to regulate begging locally. As part of the […]

Norway: Potential Terrorists Prosecuted for Planning to Support Terrorism in Syria

(May 30, 2014) On May 27, 2014, Norwegian prosecutors took three Norwegians into custody on charges of preparing to commit terrorist acts. The three men, all Norwegians, one originally from Somalia and two brothers originally from Yugoslavia, are suspected of intending to fight for and financially support ISIL in Syria, which is listed as a […]

Norway: Change in Benefits for Those in the Country Illegally

(Mar. 20, 2014) Following a March 14, 2014, cabinet meeting, the Norwegian Minister of Labour and Social Inclusion, Robert Eriksson, announced that the type of welfare assistance available to those in the country illegally will change. Now, instead of receiving benefit payments, people will be able to obtain food coupons and a bed for the […]

Norway: Abortion Law May Be Tightened

(Mar. 6, 2014) It was reported on January 2, 2014, that Norway plans to tighten its abortion law, after it was found that the number of late-term abortions appeared to be increasing. Norway’s Public Health Institute figures indicated that while there were five abortions performed late in a pregnancy between 2001 and 2009, 12 late-pregnancy […]