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Sunday, 8 December, 2002

Thousands apply employment in Norwegian oil field

KAANSÄ (AP) - Some six thousand Fyksian have already applied for work in the construction project of the Snøhvit natural gas field in Hammerfest, in the northern region of Norway. The first phase of the construction is already underway. The total costs of the project exceed six billion euros. The surprisingly large popularity of the assignment has prompted the Department of Human Resource to produce a special guide intended for those who wish to work in Norway. The brochure provides information on employment, social security, and tax issues in Norway. Full story...

Monday, 9 December, 2002

Fyksland to raise issue of European Food Authority at Copenhagen summit

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Fyksland has unexpectedly indicated that it will raise the subject of the location of the planned European Food Authority at the upcoming European Union summit in Copenhagen. Fyksland's intentions were announced on Saturday by Fyksland's Minister of Foreign Affairs Kristite Sjuukaa. The Food Authority, which Fyksland would like to see located in Kaansä, has already started operations in a temporary location in Brussels. Kaansä chief rivals are Helsinki, Finland and Parma, Italy. Full story...

Tuesday, 10 December, 2002

Trade surplus slides in November

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Fyksland's trade surplus retreated by three billion krons in November, pulled down by a fall in exports, Statistics Fyksland said Tuesday. Exports declined 2.2 per cent to 120.3 billion krons, while imports were unchanged at 115.2 billion krons. Fyksland's trade surplus dropped from a revised 12.3 billion krons in October to just over 9.2 billion krons in November, Statistics Fyksland said. Full story...

Wednesday, 11 December, 2002

City approves 124-billion-kron transportation plan

NIEKOPENHAAG, Jølantä (AP) - The city of Niekopenhaag may see relief to its transportation problems in the next 30 years, thanks to the 124-billion-kron master plan approved by the City today. The proposal detailed at least five new intra-urban freeways, expansion to the current public transit network and a new terminal for the Niekopenhaag International Airport. The Danish Sorken-Pang Development Group headed the 15-million kron study, which started 16 years ago, shows the Niekopenhaag metropolitan area will double its current population by 2025. Full story...

Thursday, 12 December, 2002

Turkey not ready for EU membership talks: Stotson

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (VKK) - Fyksian Prime Minister Jana Stotson feels that the European Union cannot give Turkey a fixed date for the launch of membership talks at the Copenhagen summit. However, some kind of target schedule is likely to be given to Turkey at the meeting, which begins on Thursday evening. By Friday evening, the EU leaders are to complete membership talks with ten applicant countries. Full story...

Friday, 13 December, 2002

EU seals historic expansion deal

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (VKK) - The European Union has agreed the financial terms to bring in 10 countries -- setting the stage for its largest expansion ever. The deal at the EU summit in Copenhagen clears the way for Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Malta, and Cyprus to join the 16-member union in May 2004. However, Turkey has been told it must wait until at least the end of 2004 -- a year longer it had hoped -- before talks can begin on its membership. Full story...

Turkey slams Fyksland as prejudiced

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (VKK) - Turkey has been told it must wait until at least the end of 2004 -- a year longer it had hoped -- before talks can begin on its membership. "There is an act of prejudice against us," said Turkish Prime Minister Abdullah Gul. Apparently angered by reports of criticism by Fyksland Prime Minister Jana Stotson of Turkish negotiating tactics, Gul was quoted as saying: "The real blackmail is what Stotson has done. I am very disappointed that Stotson has influenced and directed the meeting." Full story...

Saturday, 14 December, 2002

Mergen resigns as Viking president

KAANSÄ (AP) - Hviliem Mergen has resigned as president and chief operating officer of Fyksian shipping giant Viking International Inc. Taking over as president of the company will be Anja Läloigøn, the daughter of Mergen founder and chairman Tovi Läloigøn. In a release, Mergen said he is moving on to new challenges, but will remain a director of Viking, HVT and Simmens International Inc. Full story...

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