This week in Scandinavia


WORLD record height
NORWAY is about to be the home of the world’s tallest wooden building. “Mjøstårnet” will be more than 80 metres tall and stand 30 metres higher than the current record holder and named after the country’s largest lake Mjøsa, an hour and a half’s drive north of Oslo.

NORWAY’S airways flying high
AS many thousands of people flew home for the Christmas holidays through Norwegian, aviation officials were announcing prospects for even more airline traffic in the years ahead. Norway is a world leader in terms of air travel per capita, and shows no sign of slowing down.

SUSPECTED ‘terrorist’ arrested
DANISH police have arrested a Syrian asylum seeker from Sweden for “attempting to commit a terrorist act” in Copenhagen. They said they arrested the 30-year-old man over a failed attack which he plotted with another 21-year-old man in November 2016.

A WARM welcome here?
SINCE it began in 1989, the Icehotel located in the town of Jukkasjärvi in northern Sweden, has been built and rebuilt. Situated near the Arctic Circle, the latest 2017 edition is made up of thousands of ice blocks from a nearby frozen river.

CONCERT collapse
SEVEN people were injured at a concert called “Heavy Christmas (Raskasta Joulua)” when large ventilation pipes and lighting rails came crashing down over the audience standing near the stage at Vaasa Arena in Vaasa, the largest city of the Ostrobothnia region of Finland.

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