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In a licensing dispute with the Norwegian government that has been running since 2004, when it was refused a gambling licence, Ladbrokes has lost its case in an Oslo court this week. The court found that the Norwegian authorities had acted in compliance with European Union law in declining the licence.
Proposed legislation seeks to disrupt financial transactions with online gambling companies. If the proposal is accepted by Parliament, the Minister for Culture and Church Affairs, Trond Giske, will have achieved something of a Nordic equivalent to the highly controversial American Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006.
The first International Ibsen Prize goes to English theatre and film director Peter Brook.
The overall objective of the work done by the Nordic Forum for InterCulture is to promote a cultural life that reflects social diversity.
As part of Norway's Year of Cultural Diversity, Minister of Culture and Church Affairs Trond Giske asks 'Are there outsiders to arts – and if so, how can they be included?'
Opera and ballet are the least favorite cultural activities for nearly one in four Norwegians, a survey indicated.