Oslo European Green Capital 2019

The EU has named Oslo the European Green Capital for 2019, recognizing the city as one of Europe’s most ambitious and proactive cities.Since 2010, the European Commission has named one city every year to serve as an inspiration and role model for a greener urban life. Among tight competition with 13 other cities, Oslo was named the European Green Capital for 2019. In its reasoning, the jury mentions in particular the holistic approach to the urban development efforts in Oslo, both in terms of the climate and the environment permeating throughout all political areas in the city – from health care to integration – and that Oslo has set a goal to be a city that promotes quality of life and puts people first.

Issue Date: 14.01.2019

Antarctica

Queen Maud Land, which was annexed by Norway in 1939, is almost seven times larger than Norway – and constitutes one-sixth of the of the total area of Antarctica. James Cook was the first person to offer a detailed description of the waters around the frozen land mass called “Terra Australis” from his travels in 1772 and the years that followed. It was not until 1819, though, that the first real expedition took place when Russian czar Aleksander I sent an expedition under the leadership of Admiral Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen. Later, a number of expeditions were made to Antarctica. It is said that William S. Bruce from Scotland was the first person to set foot on Queen Maud Land, but it was the Norwegians who would be the first to actively map the area. Several Norwegians have been prominent in the exploration of Antarctica. Polar researcher and explorer Carsten Egeberg Borchgrevink was a pioneer – and he established much of the basis for later expeditions led by Robert F. Scott, Ernest Shackleton and Roald Amundsen. Borchgrevink’s career in Antarctica started in 1894 as a member of a Norwegian whaling expedition, and he was one of the first to gather samples of living, organic material south of the southern Arctic circle.

Issue Date: 14.01.2019

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