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Norwegian Government As Prospective Investor To Saab Automobile In Support Of Electric Car Development

Posted on 22. Apr, 2009 by .



Photo Credit: TP Week

TTELA reports that the Norwegian Government is a prospective Investor In Saab Automobile.

Apparently, their interest is pushing the electric & hybrid vehicle development in conjunction with the GM/Saab Powertrain in Trollhattan, Sweden.

This would really be nice, perhaps their investments will be part of the Swedish Power Circle investment group that is focused on hybrid and electric car development as well?

This report by TTELA, a news organization based in Trollhattan, Sweden I trust, opposed to the previous report by Swedish Radio.

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Saab Gripen – Agreement in Norway

Posted on 26. Apr, 2007 by .



Photo Credit: Copyright Gripen International

This just in from Gripen International & SAAB Group.

Gripen – Agreement in Norway

Today Norway and Saab, through Gripen International, have signed a Letter of Agreement regarding the future development of the Gripen fighter.

The total value of this agreement is some 150 million Norwegian Kronor (approx. $25 million). This agreement strengthens Gripen’s chances of being selected as the future fighter aircraft for the Norwegian Air Force.

The Norwegian Defence Minister Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen and the Swedish Defence Minister Mikael Odenberg, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on co-operation in development work on the future versions of Gripen.

This agreement is an important step for Gripen as a candidate to be selected as Norway’s future fighter aircraft, which is planned to be in-service with the Norwegian Air Force around 2015. Through this agreement, the Norwegian authorities and Norwegian commercial companies will get an extensive understanding and insight into the Gripen system, leading to Norwegian participation in future development work in co-operation with Saab.

There was also a Letter of Agreement (LoA) signed between the Norwegian authorities and the Saab subsidiary Gripen International. This agreement will enable Norwegian companies to work on advanced development work in a range of high technology areas, such as composites, communication systems, studies and integration work for Norwegian weapon systems, ammunition, logistics and data systems. The total value is worth some 150 million NOK for a period of two years, with the option to further extend the agreement.

At this time, Norwegian companies will take part in an increased industrial cooperation connected to the development of the future Gripen.

Gripen International Managing Director Johan Lehander is very positive about the forthcoming co-operation:

“These two agreements clearly emphasise the importance the Norwegian government puts in co-operation between Norway and Sweden. From a Saab perspective, it means that we are now industrial partners. In the longer term, it also strengthens the possibilities for Gripen to replace the current F- 16 fighter aircraft in the Norwegian Air Force”, says Lehander.

Gripen is the first of the new generation, true multi-role combat aircraf to enter service. Using the latest available technology it is capable of performing an extensive range of air-to-air and air-to-surface operational missions and employing the latest weapons.

Gripen is designed to meet the demands of current and future threats, while at the same time meeting strict requirements for flight safety, reliability, training efficiency and low operating costs. Gripen is in service with the Swedish, Hungarian and Czech Republic Air Forces and has also been ordered by the South African Air Force. The UK Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS) is operating Gripen as its advanced fast jet platform for test pilots worldwide.

Gripen International is a subsidiary of Saab AB and acts as a prime contracting organization, responsible for marketing, selling and supporting the Gripen fighter worldwide. Gripen International combines the strength of its international industrial partners, which are among the world’s most experienced and respected manufacturers of aerospace and defence equipment.

Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.

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Norway, Maine

Posted on 13. Jan, 2007 by .


Today, I stopped in Norway, Maine for lunch. It was quite a small little town en-route to the Ski area and I must say it brought back some memories from the Norwegian Designed Saab model concepts that I saw at the Saab Festival in 2005. There were quite a bit of Saabs noted, but none in good proximity to make a worthwhile snapshot.

I find it interesting that according to Epodunk, Norway, Maine has a 1% current population of residents that have ancestry from Norway and 1% from Sweden.

For more information on Norway, Maine, please visit

Norway Maine’s official site


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Norwegian Holiday Bazaar – Washington, D.C.

Posted on 03. Dec, 2006 by .


I managed to get to the 10th annual Norway Bazaar at Union station here in Washington, D.C. today and it was quite incredible, but smaller in terms of vendor turnout. I was looking hard for any scale model Saabs in the miniature train set but could not find any, but I did appreciate the hard work that went into the train design. The holiday tree was also quite spectacular! I was tempted to buy one of the sweaters but with the temperature over 60 degrees today, it was a hard sell.

I have provided some photos of this event inside of Union Station, enjoy!









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10th Anniversary Norwegian Holiday Festival – Washington, D.C.

Posted on 12. Nov, 2006 by .


125px-flag_of_norwaysvg.pngThis year marks the 10th anniversary (1996-2006) of the Norwegian Embassy along with the Norwegian Chamber of Commerce will be having an authentic Norwegian Holiday Festival at Union Station here in Washington, D.C. This Festival is free, and will include, vendors, free Glög served at the Tree Lighting Ceremony in the main hall, authentic food served, a concert as well as various exhibits. There is even going to be a large life-size Polar Bear carving from a 2,300 lb block of ice by award-winning ice carver.

If you can make this event, it is definitely worth going to!

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Toys for Tots Regional Kick-off and Model Train Launch
The giant Norwegian model train has been popular with visitors every December for 10 years, as it winds through the mountains and fjords of Norway. This year it gets a major anniversary face-lift with new and refurbished houses, an expansive forest and new moving elements on display. In addition, there will be two new large train sets. Each is painstakingly hand modified by our expert model builder to become true replicas of trains actually running in Norway today. The start of the train marks the kick-off for the 2006 U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign.
When: Tuesday, November 21. The event starts at 9 a.m. After the kick-off, the train will run every day through January 7, 2007. (Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday, Noon – 6 p.m.)
Where: Union Station, West Hall, 50 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C.
Admission: FREE, no tickets
Info: 202-333-6000 or 202-289-1908
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For the 10th year in a row, the Norwegian Government gives a 30-foot tall Christmas tree as a gift to the people of Washington, D.C. Renowned actor, Earle Hyman, will flip the switch to light the 8,000 lights on the tree. The 80 year old actor is best known for his role as Bill Cosby’s father, Russell Huxtable, on “The Cosby Show,” but is also a distinguished stage actor. He taught himself Norwegian so that he could read Henrik Ibsen’s plays in the original language. The ceremony includes choral song and appearance by Ambassador of Norway, Knut Vollebaek.
When: Tuesday, November 28, 6 p.m. The tree will be up through December 27
Where: Union Station, Main Hall, 50 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C.
Admission: FREE, no tickets
Info: 202-333-6000 or 202-289-1908.
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Norwegian-American Holiday Bazaar
Norwegian-American organizations host a shopping extravaganza featuring traditional crafts from Norway, including hand made items, jewelry, calendars, trolls, dolls, holiday ornaments, pewter items, sweaters, and food.
When: Friday, December 1, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday, December 2, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Union Station, Main Hall, 50 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C.
Info: 202-333-6000 or 202-289-1908.
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Taste of Norway
Taste traditional Norwegian holiday fare at “Taste of Norway.” Get your free, delicious sample platter of hot food and assorted Christmas cookies. Norwegians dressed in “bunad,” the national costume, will serve the culinary Holiday treats.
When: Sunday, December 10, from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., or while supplies last
Where: Union Station, Main Hall, 50 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C.
Admission: FREE, no tickets
Info: 202-333-6000 or 202-289-1908.

Norwegian Menu at Center Cafe
The head chef, Willy Hansen, at Norwill Gourmet Food Service – a purveyor of fine Scandinavian food, has prepared a Norwegian menu to be served at Center Cafe.
When: November 27 – December 29, Mon-Fri: 8 am – 8:30 p.m., Sat-Sun: 11:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Union Station, Main Hall, 50 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C.
Info: 202-333-6000 or 202-289-1908.
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Tord Gustavsen Trio at the Kennedy Center
The acclaimed jazz trio featuring Tord Gustavsen on piano, bassist Harald Johnsen, and Jarle Vespestad on drums, is back in town. The New York Times describes their music as “slow music that melts off the bandstand into puddles of feeling, backed by a low-key funk rhythm; it’s séance music.”
When: Thursday, December 7, 6 p.m.
Where: Terrace Theater, Millennium Stage, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street, N.W., Washington, D.C
Admission: FREE, no tickets
Info: (800) 444-1324 or (202) 467-4600.
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Maja Ratkje and POING
The Norwegian trio POING (Frode Haltli accordion, HÃ¥kon Thelin double bass, and Rolf-Erik Nystrøm saxophone) are joined by composer/vocalist Maja Ratkje for a program f Ms. Ratkje’s music as well as improvisations. According to The Wire: “Ratkje’s voice is gloriously possessed by the tongues of more split personalities than there are angels on the head of a pin.”
When: Sunday, December 17, 2 p.m.
Where: National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.
Admission: FREE, no tickets
Info: (202) 783-5000.
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Nordic Voices at the National Gallery of Art
The six-voice a cappella ensemble consists of young musicians who have graduated from the Norwegian State Academy of Music. Their musical background includes church music, composition, choral conducting, singing and teacher training. The group’s vast repertoire ranges from medieval to modern music.
When: Sunday, December 17, 6:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.)
Where: National Gallery of Art, West Building, West Garden Court at Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C
Admission: FREE, no tickets
Info: (202) 842-6941.
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Exhibit of Polar Norway
A spirit of adventure, long traditions of hunting and research, and its geographical location are some of the reasons why Norway considers itself a polar nation. This exhibit highlights aspects of Norway’s acivities in the Arctic and Antarctic, reflecting how these activities have shaped contemporary Norway.
When: Monday, December 4 – January 7, 2007
Where: Union Station, Main Hall, 50 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C.
Admission: FREE, no tickets
Info: 202-333-6000 or 202-289-1908.
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Ice Carving of a Life-Size Polar Bear
Watch an award-winning ice carver create a polar bear out of a 2,300 lbs. block of ice
Where: Union Station, West Hall, 50 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C.
When: Tuesday, November 28, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission: FREE, no tickets
Info: 202-333-6000 or 202-289-1908.

Book events
A series of book events for children and adults.
Where: Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C.
When: Early December. Please see
Admission: FREE, no tickets
Info: 202-333-6000 or 202-289-1908.

LNG and Safety in Maritime Transportation
Seminar on gas transport from the high north to the U.S. market. Organized by the Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce.
When: November 28, 2006, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Ronald Reagan Building, International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Info: (703) 509-4570, To register: (703) 698-1565,

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