‘The humanitarian crisis in Syria is escalating. The Government is now providing USD 93 million to support efforts in Syria and the neighbouring countries. Children are the hardest hit. USD 18.6 million of these funds will be earmarked for education and child protection efforts,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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In harmony with the rebirth of nature, the Iranian New Year Celebration. Nowruz ceremonies are symbolic representations of two ancient concepts - the End and the Rebirth. A few weeks before the New Year, Iranians clean and rearrange their homes. They make new clothes, bake pastries and germinate seeds as sign of renewal. The ceremonial cloth is set up in each household. Troubadours, referred to...

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Norway has accepted 200 Afghan refugees from Iran in 2015. The embassy works closely with both UDI, UNHCR and IOM/NORCO in this important process. Before re- settling in Norway IOM provides a cultural orientation on behalf of the Norwegian Directorate for Integration and Diversity; “In line with this, IOM's Norwegian Cultural Orientation (NORCO) programme provides: Pre-departure orientation...

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Funds for professional theatre performances based on Henrik Ibsen’s plays are now available.

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Norway is providing NOK 38 million for shelter for families who lost their homes as a result of the conflict in Gaza in 2014. ‘The winter weather in Gaza is creating huge problems for the families who do not have proper homes. Conditions for the most vulnerable people urgently need to be improved,’ commented Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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The Saturday demonstration came following a series of recent attacks against Jewish citizens in Europe. A group of Norwegian Muslims organized the event in a show of solidarity with the country’s Jewish community, forming what they described as a Peace Ring around the Jewish synagogue. Jews are a tiny Norwegian minority with a population of only 1,500. There are only two Synagogues in No

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