Huge infrastructure investment in transportation together with governmental ambitions for land-use policies have led to a new Norwegian system for planning based on agreements on policies and investments. The agreements are grounded in a transport-oriented development model and demand new, high standards for density around the nodes. The argumentation spans from a reduction in CO2 emissions, to a lack of development land and developers’ profits, to intentions for European urbanity. The policies seems to follow the same model and lead to the same architecture in all cities and towns. The idea of the compact city and the principles of nodal development have to be challenged by a wider perspective on sustainable development. Most places, quality of life, adaption to local context and local ways of life are far more important factors than capacity for development and high density.
In 1855, an anonymous booklet appeared on the Norwegian market which, contrary to literary conventions at the time, identified the narrative as a novel – a highly contested genre – apparently based on ‘Real Life’. This article uncovers the fantastic story behind Den opdigtede Elsker (‘The Invented Lover’), a story that involves a court case and questions about the relationship between fact and fiction, law and literature. An early piece of life writing, it also concerns conditions for women in the 1800s.
In 1987 came the world's first national health priority white paper, and it was Norwegian. The report was followed up by two new reports in 1997 and 2014, respectively. This article analyzes assumptions for prioritization work based on these three reports. A definite change in the NOUs is that the sociological perspective is replaced by an economic utility perspective, and that an ethic-philosophical perspective is replaced by a more individual-oriented rights perspective. Finally, the article discusses how the priority criteria appear to have worked during the recent coronavirus episode.