Top 9 stories of the week: Your Saturday morning coffee briefing Nov. 21

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In case you missed it: Catch up on your weekly news with the top 9 Norway Today stories this week.

Here’s your weekly Saturday morning briefing.

1. Norway named second-best country in the world to raise a family

Families planning a move, this article is for you. Family research blog Asher & Lyric a ranked Norway #2 on its 2020 Raising a Family Index. Out of 35 ranked Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, the top five were: Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Luxembourg.

2. Did the US spy on Norway?

Danmarks Radio (DR) reported that the US’ National Security Agency allegedly spied on Norway and Denmark. Targets of the espionage may have been targets may have been the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway, the Ministry of Finance of Norway, and Danish technology company Terma.

3. Totally unique Norwegian customs

Norway has traditional, quirky, and cool customs. This is a guide to 13 of them, their stories, and how to navigate them if you’re not Norwegian – or even if you are.

4. Scientist bets NOK 1 billion that the world’s first 200-year-old person has already been born

Professor Stuart Kim of Stanford University believes that people already alive today will live to be 200. According to the professor, average life expectancy is increasing by about 2.5 years each decade. He’s so confident in this, that he’s bet (with a group of scientists) the equivalent of NOK 1 billion on it!

5. Experts speak on housing prices in Norway for 2021

Experts give insights on Norway’s housing prices of 2020 – plus, they share projections for what the prices might look like in 2021.

6. Norway’s Minister of Health hopes people will be able to go home for Christmas

Minister of Health Bent Høie (H) said he hopes that new COVID-19 safety measures will not prevent people from celebrating Christmas with their loved ones. However, the Minister emphasized that there are no guarantees on the situation.

7. Norway expelled five strawberry pickers from Romania

The police claimed the expulsion mainly happened for coronavirus safety-related reasons. However, operations manager Kjetil Kaalaas in Nordland Police District also said in a statement to NTB “As far as we know, the season for strawberry picking is over.”

8. A guide to health care rights for foreigners in Norway

Whether you’re curious about healthcare systems for foreigners around the world, interested in traveling to Norway and wondering what your options are, or maybe even considering moving to Norway – this guide will give you the key details on health care rights for foreigners in Norway.

9. Man robs Narvesen kiosk in central Oslo

Police were looking for an individual perpetrator after a knife robbery of a Narvesen kiosk in Bjørvika in Oslo. The robber, thought to be in his early 20s, fled with an unknown amount of cash.

That’s all for today!

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Source: Norway Today

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