There are nearly 370 million of the little copper coins and they are now worthless, according to News In English.
The central bank in Oslo has stopped producing the coins because they are too expensive to make.The move to eliminate smaller units of currency from the money system is happening worldwide. In Canada, for example, the Royal Canadian Mint will stop producing pennies (1/100 of a dollar) later this year, because it costs 1.5 cents to make each penny – more than it’s worth, according to the National Post.
In 2010, Sweden eliminated its 50-öre coin.
Along with lighter wallets, there are other benefits to eliminating these small units of money. People are getting creative with the worthless currencies.
Regular military relations between Norway and Russia have been halted for more than a year, but the two countries’ Coast Guard Services continue cooperate on protection of borders and resources in the Barents Sea.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Sports in the Barents region have joined forces and established Barents Games. This weekend athletes from all over the region met in Oulu to compete in 14 differents sports during the Barents Summer Games. See our slide show from the competitions.