What happens in Norway this year?

September 2011- Municipal Elections – First Online Elections

While Norwegians fulfill their civic duty in municipal and county elections in September, they will also get chance to vote via the internet for the first time.

10. October: “Nansen-Amundsen-year”

“Nansen-Amundsen-year”, Two anniversaries of great importance to Norway coincide this year: The anniversaries of polar explorers Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen next year as the Norwegian Government has declared 2011 the Year of Nansen-Amundsen. The anniversaries of two national events — polar explorer, scientist and humanist Fridtjof Nansen’s birth (150 years ago), and polar hero and pioneer aviator Roald Amundsen’s historic trek to the South Pole.

14. December: 100 years since Amundsen reached the South Pole

100th anniversary of the famous Norwegian explorer, Roald Amundsen's polar expedition. He led the first Antarctic expedition to reach the South Pole between 1910 and 1912. He was the first person to reach both the North and South Poles.

23. February: Ski Championships in Oslo

The Nordic World Ski Championships will take place at Holmenkollen in Oslo from 23 February – 6 March 2011. There will be 23 disciplines in cross country, Nordic combined and ski jumping, in addition to a variety of cultural and festival events. Oslo has previously hosted the World Ski Championships three times: in 1930, 1966 and 1982.

27. March: Bulgaria and Romania in the Schengen

The two eastern European countries become full members of the Schengen Agreement, travel, law enforcement and security cooperation. It will be easier to move to Norway for these countries’ citizens after by 27th of March.

2. September: University of Oslo celebrates its 200th Anniversary

It has been 200 years since King Frederik VI decided that Norway should have its own university. The University of Oslo celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2011. Throughout the year, UiOs staff and students, and all of Norway will have a choice of large and small events celebrating and showing off the myriad of activity at Norway's leading university.

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