Norway remains at the forefront of electromobility in Europe. 16,181 electric cars were sold in the first quarter. The proportion of new registrations reached the record level of 47.9%. The Norwegians are pioneers, because the e-cars are exempt from tax and toll and you can park and refuel for free. In addition, the purchase price is cheaper than the vehicles with internal combustion engine. The rate of new approval of diesel engines in Germany is in free fall - a chance for e-mobility? Probably the German government must create similar incentives as in Norway.
The exceptional athlete Ole Einar Björndalen was visibly moved when he announced his resignation. At the age of 44, it is over - though not entirely voluntarily. In the summer he had several cardiac arrhythmias. The doctors and his family have advised him to resign. As Ole Einar reported, he will continue to be on skis, but not in competitive sports anymore. He has a one-of-a-kind career over the past 25 years. His biggest disappointment, the non-nomination for the last Winter Games in Pyeongchang, is opposed to 95 World Cup victories, 20 world titles and 8 Olympic gold medals. Now he wants to spend more time with his wife, Belarusian Darja Domratschewa, also a world class biathlete with 4 Olympic gold medalists and his one and a half year old daughter Xenia. Maybe we will see Ole Einar again in the near future as a biathlon coach ...... we will see.
The large-scale project "Nasjonale Turistveger" will create more breakpoints for Norway visitors at scenic routes. The combination of art and design of the new rest areas and viewing platforms is intended to arouse the interest of the guests. Particular care was taken to create the construction projects in harmony with the topographical conditions. A new resting place is, for example, on the west coast of Andøya at the mountain formation Bohkegeargi, a Sami cultural heritage. A new observation deck is to be built on the Ostasteidn near Sandsfjordbrua on the Ryfylke tourist route. Fancy is the design of a monument in Ureddplassen on the Helgelands coast. Even the "toilet" is presented in a very modern style with frosted glass fronts illuminated at night.