Norwegians have confidence in the United NationsNorwegians have confidence in the United Nations
No other country in Europe has more confidence in the United Nations (UN) than Norway. More than 78 percent of Norwegians polled say they continue to think highly of the UN, compared to just 44 percent of Europeans in general. Norway, which is active in attempting to broker peace in trouble spots around the world, also has supplied several top UN envoys, from Terje Rød-Larsen to Jan Egeland. That may have contributed to the large amount of Norwegians who responded positively to the European Social Survey, which quesioned 40,000 people in 20 countries about their views on the UN. Fully 78.2 percent of the Norwegians questioned said they have confidence in the UN, and Norway also gives more money to the UN on a per capita basis than any other country in the world.
Storm cuts off thousands
An estimated 10,000 Norwegians were left isolated in mountain towns and villages on Tuesday, after a severe storm set off landslides that blocked roads and tunnels. Emergency crews were working around the clock to restore access. "It's almost incredible that this can happen all over the county at the same time," said operations leader Per Rimmen of the Sogn og Fjordane Police District. His county was among the hardest hit by the storm known as "Loke," that also left one man dead in Bergen. He was caught inside a house under construction that was buried by a landslide. At least 35 roads were closed, many of which provide the only ways in and out of mountain towns. Landslides continued until Monday evening, but then the storm started to weaken as it moved southeast. Enormous clean-up challenges loomed all over western Norway after the storm caused flooding and sent mud, rocks and trees cascading through homes and businesses. The train line between Oslo and Bergen also remained closed on Tuesday.