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Fourteen: Norway in pictures – looking forward to the beauty in the month of June

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See the light in Finnmark

A horse grazes in the setting sun alongside another abandoned car.

PHOTO: STEIN J BJØRGE

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Thirteen: Norway in pictures – looking forward to the beauty in the month of June

Posted by African Press International on April 7, 2007

See the light in Finnmark

The rusted hulk of an abandoned car is a striking contrast to the natural beauty of Finnmark.

PHOTO: STEIN J BJØRGE

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Twelve: Norway in pictures – looking forward to the beauty in the month of June

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See the light in Finnmark

These hardy folks braved chilly waters under clear blue skies.

PHOTO: STEIN J BJØRGE

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Eleven: Norway in pictures – looking forward to the beauty in the month of June

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See the light in Finnmark

There’s a lot of wide-open, and fairly desolate, space in Finnmark. Oil and gas discoveries may breathe new economic life into the region, while environmentalists are concerned.

PHOTO: STEIN J BJØRGE

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Ten: Norway in pictures – looking forward to the beauty in the month of June

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See the light in Finnmark

This man, who lives near the Russian border, makes a hobby of collecting hubcaps that fall off cars on Finnmark’s rutted roads.

PHOTO: STEIN J BJØRGE

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Nine: Norway in pictures – looking forward to the beauty in the month of June

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See the light in Finnmark

More reindeer grazing along a roadside in Finnmark.

PHOTO: STEIN J BJØRGE

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Eight: Norway in pictures – looking forward to the beauty in the month of June

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See the light in Finnmark

When there’s no snow, these dogs run with a motorized quad. Driver Thorbjørn Thorstensen, 41, is originally from Drammen in southern Norway, now enjoying a new life with his wife in Kvalsundet.

PHOTO: STEIN J BJØRGE

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Seven: Norway in pictures – looking forward to the beauty in the month of June

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See the light in Finnmark

Vardø is also known for its radar installations perched on the hill behind town.

PHOTO: STEIN J BJØRGE

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Six: Norway in pictures – looking forward to the beauty in the month of June

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See the light in Finnmark

Vardø, with its local lighthouse and inner harbour.

PHOTO: STEIN J BJØRGE

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Five: Norway in pictures – looking forward to the beauty in the month of June

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See the light in Finnmark

The town of Vardø, in Norway’s county of Finnmark.

PHOTO: STEIN J BJØRGE

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Four: Norway in pictures – looking forward to the beauty in the month of June

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See the light in Finnmark

A classic pose in Norway’s northern frontier.

PHOTO: STEIN J BJØRGE

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Three: Norway in pictures – looking forward to the beauty in the month of June

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See the light in Finnmark

It’s not unusual to see reindeer crossing the road in Finnmark, like here between Vardø and Kiberg.

PHOTO: STEIN J BJØRGE

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Two: Norway in pictures – looking forward to the beauty in the month of June

Posted by African Press International on April 7, 2007

See the light in Finnmark

Mikkel Kemi sports his full Sami regalia alongside a road in Finnmark. Tourism and reindeer herding provide income for Kemi, but the oil and gas industry is making inroads as well.

PHOTO: STEIN J BJØRGE

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Two: Norway in pictures – looking forward to the beauty in the month of June

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See the light in Finnmark

It’s the lightest time of the year in Finnmark, in the northernmost part of Norway. Aftenposten photographer Stein Bjørge captured the unique landscape, along with these fishing enthusiasts in the Midnight Sun, during a reporting trip last week.

PHOTO: STEIN J BJØRGE

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Norway: Food Safety Authority directs attention towards Reindeers

Posted by African Press International on April 7, 2007

Inspectors from the Norwegian Food Safety Authority (Mattilsynet) raided a meat packing plant in northern Norway, seized nearly six tons of reindeer meat and ordered it destroyed because it was too old and downright dirty.

Food inspectors prevented the meat from being processed and sold.

PHOTO: MATTILSYNET

Reindeers’ long ride
  • FEB 22-24: More than 400 reindeer are slaughtered near Karasjok in northern Norway.
  • FEB 25: The reindeer cadavers are shipped to a warehouse in Vadsø, northeast of Karasjok.
  • MAR 6: The cadavers are shipped by truck to a meat packing plant at Øien in Nord-Rogaland, southwestern Norway. The plant doesn’t have capacity for the cadavers, so they continue to lie in the truck.
  • MAR 12: Plant officials refuse to take the cadavers, saying they’re too old and meager. Instead of being destroyed, they’re shipped back north, to Burfjord in Troms County.
  • MAR 16: The reindeer cadavers arrive in Burfjord. Around 40 fall on the floor.
  • MAR 17: Food inspectors raid the meat plant in Burfjord.
  • The raid is bad publicity for Norway’s reindeer industry and for the meat that’s often advertised as “The best ingredients from the great outdoors.”

    Acting on anonymous tips, the inspectors raided the plant in Burfjord, Troms County, and found 423 reindeer cadavers that were of such poor quality that they can’t even be used for animal food.

    The meat was moldy and dirty, and had been subjected to relatively wide temperature swings, from being frozen to thawing and lying unwrapped. Tests showed the meat contained high levels of bacteria.

    Some of the cadavers, which travelled back and forth from northern Norway to southern Norway and back north again over a period of more than three weeks, had even been damaged when they fell off the truck carrying them.

    Inspectors have ordered the meat destroyed. Its owner, a company in turn owned by reindeer herders in Finnmark, was given until today to respond to Mattilsynet’s report on the seizure.

    The seizure at the meat plant is the latest in an ongoing crackdown by food inspectors in Norway. “We’ve earlier inspected restaurant kitchens and freezer facilities,” said Olaf Bellika, a regional director with Mattilsynet. “Now the transportation and plants need to be followed up.”

    By Ole Magnus Rapp and Nina Berglund

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