‘Foreign fighter’ is Norway’s word of 2014

The word "Fremmedkriger" (foreign fighter) was voted Word of the Year by the Language Council of Norway on Tuesday.

Other favourites on the newcomer list included "Mobilnakke" (mobile phone neck), "pøbelgran" (punk fir) and "glittercelle" (glitter cell).

The Language Council of Norway (Språkrådet) produced the list with Uni Research Computing, a data-gathering company. They were also joined by Professor Gisle Andersen from the Norwegian School of Economics (Norges Handelshøyskole – NHH). Andersen is researching new words entering the language.
The criteria for "word of the year" are that they should be relatively new, relevant, function well in the Norwegian language and would likely remain in the Norwegian language for a long time.
Past winners of the "Word of the Year" include:
In 2009, "Svineinfluensa" (Swine flu)
In 2010, "Askefast" (Ash stranded)
In 2011, "Rosetog" (Rose parade)
In 2012, "Å nave" (to be nav-ing). This odd term means taking a year off work or studies to live of the Nav government benefits system)
And last year's winner was "Sakte-TV" (Slow TV).
Professor Andersen said to NTB: “The word 'foreign fighter’ showed up in the newspapers in 2010, but wasn't used so much before 2014. Now it is here to stay.”
According to terror researcher Thomas Hegghammer at FFI, the Norwegian word “fremmedkriger” has been translated from the English term “foreign fighter” that showed up just after year 2000.
Some other words from the 2014 list that are slightly more confusing in their definition.
The word "mobilnakke”, meaning in English "mobile phone neck", is a neck pain caused by using mobile phone and other handheld technology.
"Pøbelgran” – translated as "punk fir" – is a fir tree planted in an unwanted place.
"Glittercelle” ("glitter cell") is a type of nerve cell that is used in physical orientation.

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Telenor and TeliaSonera to merge in Denmark

Norwegian telecom operator Telenor and Swedish-Finnish rival TeliaSonera on Wednesday said they would merge their operations in Denmark, which last week was deemed the world's most connected country.

Telenor and TeliaSonera to merge in Denmark
Photo: HÃ¥kon Mosvold Larsen / NTB scanpix

Each group would hold 50 percent in a joint venture that would have a 40 percent market share and annual revenue of over nine billion kroner ($1.5 billion), the two companies said.

"The need for consolidation in the Danish telecom market has been apparent for a while as operators face continued pressure on revenues and profitability, limiting the room for investments and innovation," Telenor said in a statement.

The Nordic countries have some of the world's most mature telecom markets, and Denmark last week overtook South Korea as the world's most connected country in the International Telecommunications Union's ICT development index.

The survey takes into account Internet and mobile phone access and use, and the population's competence with the technology.

The merger would create Denmark's biggest mobile carrier by number of customers, just ahead of incumbent TDC, which holds a 39 percent market share.

Denmark has long been a weak spot for the otherwise profitable Telenor, racking up an operating loss of 86 million Norwegian kroner ($12.2 million) in the first nine months of the year.

TeliaSonera said the deal would create "significant synergy potential".

The transaction required approval from the EU Commission and was expected to close in 2015, the companies said.

In Norway, another mature market, TeliaSonera continues to compete with Telenor and has sought to buy the assets of Sweden's Tele2, but the country's competition watchdog has said it may block the deal, which would give the new group a 40 percent market share.

Telenor and Sweden's Telia aborted a merger in 1999 after disagreement over, among other issues, where to base the group's head office for mobile telephony, prompting the Swedish communications minister to accuse Norway of being "the last Soviet state".