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Weekly News from Fyksland

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Sunday, 27 October, 2002

Official royal portrait unveiled

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Celebrating his 32nd birthday, King Jaakot IV unveiled his first official portrait at the Grand Hall of the Lækvogøn Palace, seven years after the King's accension to the throne. The portrait was commissioned to Æl artist Uvi Kipolan who had completed serveral portraits of late King Kristian VI during his 60-year reign. The official portrait is also featured on the new definitive stamps series issued today by Posti Kohnäa. According to the Royal Fyksian Mint, the new coinage based on the official portrait will be released in 2005 on the King's 10th year jubilee. Full story...

Monday, 28 October, 2002

Nordic Council at 50

HELSINKI, Finland (VKK) - The Nordic Council will hold its 50th Anniversary Session in Helsinki this week. All the Royal Houses of Scandinavia will honour the occasion with their presence at the opening ceremony in the Finnish parliament, as well as at the evening gala at the Opera House. The Session of the Nordic Council concentrates on dealing with private citizens' everyday issues, such as labour market problems and social benefits. Full story...

Kroetner appologises for republican comment

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Deputy prime minister Simon Kroetner has appologised on Monday for a comment he made on the monarchy the day before King's Day. Kroetner stated during a press conference that his comment suggesting the monarchy should be abolished after the reign of King Jaakot IV may have been misinterpreted. "What I said was inappropriate at the time," said Kroetner. Full story...

Tuesday, 29 October, 2002

Nordic EU states critical of draft for EU constitution

HELSINKI, Finland (VKK) - The Prime Ministers of the Nordic EU States -- Denmark, Finland, Fyksland, and Sweden -- have taken a critical view of a draft proposal for a constitution for the European Union. The proposal was presented on Monday by the chairman of the European Convention, former French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing. None of the Nordic Countries are willing to accept the entire document as such. On Tuesday, after the Nordic Prime Ministers' meeting in Helsinki, Prime Minister Jana Stotson pointed out that the EU is by nature a community of independent states, and that the idea of a common defence goes "too far". Full story...

Wednesday, 30 October, 2002

Farmers say no to EU inspectors

NUGJØLUT, Gaamla (VKK) - A significant dispute has arisen in Fyksland over the right of EU farming inspectors to visit the homes of farmers to review bookkeeping or other relevant material pertaining to EU subsidies. The Union of Agricultural Producers and Dairy Farmers strictly opposes the plans of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to change legislation so that the inspectors would receive broader authority when misuse of subsidies is suspected. Full story...

Thursday, 31 October, 2002

Fyksian companies to participate Iraq trade fair

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Six Fyksian companies will participate in the Baghdad International Fair, which begins tomorro. Some 1,600 companies from nearly 50 countries are expected to send representatives to the Iraqi capital for the trade fair. The number of interested Fyksian companies was originally higher, but the threat of a U.S. attack on the country caused many companies to change their plans. Among the participants are Kömikal-Eisla, Idøt, Vauke, and ETS. Full story...

Friday, 1 November, 2002

Biblical artifact damanged en route to Canada

NIEKOPENHAAG, Jølantä (VKK) - An ancient stone box that could be one of the greatest archeological discoveries of our time was shattered into several pieces whilst shipped from Israel to Canada. The box is believed to have contained the bones of James, the brother of Jesus, and could be the first archeological evidence of Jesus' existence. The package was flown on Israeli airline El Al to New York with a 2-hour stopover in Niekopenhaag. Authorities at Niekopenhaag International Airport say they have no responsibility over shipments not physically handled by airport staff. Full story...

Saturday, 2 November, 2002

Sex trade customers on the rise in Fyksland

KAANSÄ (AP) - Supply of commercial sex increases sharply in late 1990s, but so does demand. The flesh trade has become more open and accepted in Fyksland than before. With the more liberal social attitude, the market is now more diverse than ever. There is now roughly the same number of establishments catered to male and female clients of all sexual persuasions. The higher divorce rate and the increase in wealth have brought more mobile and eager clientele to the erotica bars of Fyksian cities. Full story...

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