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Brown goat cheese.
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Roasted fish.
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OSLO - Norway

Clustered around the head of the 68-mile-long Oslofjord, Oslo is probably the most spacious city in the world. Its 175-square-mile metropolitan area consists of over 75 percent forests and five percent water. Its fine deep harbor, Pipervika, stretches into the heart of the city and from it leave ferries to Denmark and Germany.

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Version of Munich's "The Scream" Stolen
by Bob Brooke

According to the Reuters News Service, armed robbers stole masterpieces by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch from a museum in Oslo on Sunday, August 22, 2004 around 5 A.M. A version of his famous painting "The Scream," " a picture featuring a waif-like figure on a bridge, was supposedly part of the take.

Norwegian national radio NRK said the paintings stolen from the Munch Museum included a version of the famous portrait of modern angst, and a version of another key work, "Madonna."

"I can confirm that there has been a robbery," an official at the Munch Museum said. Police declined to comment and the museum wouldn’t disclose which paintings were stolen.

Thieves stole another, and perhaps better-known, version of "The Scream" from Norway's National Gallery in a break-in on February 1994, on the opening day of the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. It was retrieved several months later and remains in that gallery.

Munch, who lived from 1863 to 1944 and who was a pioneer of modern expressionism, made several copies of his key works, including "The Scream."












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Every year about 95 000 people die in Sweden and, according to the law, everyone must be buried. There must be room for everyone in the cemeteries, therefore the future needs of space have to be predicted. Because of this funerals must be part of the planning process.

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In the early Middle Ages, driven by famine at home and the promise of wealth to be had in other lands, the Vikings set out from Scandinavia to conquer parts of England, Ireland, France, Russia, and even Turkey. Bolstered by their successes, the Vikings pushed westward, eventually crossing the North Atlantic and founding settlements in Iceland, Greenland, and Newfoundland in Canada.
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