(AFP, 29 December 2009) -- OSLO -- Power distribution in Norway's Arctic Lofoten archipelago resumed midday Tuesday after an outage deprived 30,000 residents of electricity for several hours, the local provider said.
Posted 29 December 2009; 12:26:27 PM. Permalink
(AFP, 29 December 2009) -- Around 25,000 residents of the Arctic Norwegian Lofoten archipelago were deprived of electricity by a power outage Tuesday, electricity provider Lofotkraft said. Temperatures in the region at this time of year vary from minus 10 to minus seven degrees Celsius (19.4 to 14 degrees Fahrenheit) and there are only a few hours of sunlight per day. "The power failure has been located and repairs have started," Lofotkraft said in a statement. "We think that electricity distribution will resume before the end of the day," it added.
Posted 29 December 2009; 12:25:11 PM. Permalink
(David Landes/The Local, 29 December 2009) -- An internet technician’s holiday travels have left a remote mountain village in northern Sweden cut off from the internet, causing a dent in the town’s winter tourism bookings. The roughly 160 residents of Ammarnäs in Sweden’s far north have been without internet services since before Christmas Eve. And they won’t likely be able to get back online until January 11th when the town’s only repairman returns from vacation. The disruption in internet service has frustrated many local tourist operators, who, along with reindeer herders, represent the lifeblood of the area economy. “Several hunters from abroad have called and asked why they can’t book spots in Ammarnäs,” tour operator Anne Kathrine Ödegård told the Västerbottens-Kuriren newspaper. She and several other business owners have both their telephone and booking systems connected to the internet and are concerned about not being able to maintain contact with their clients. Municipal officials said on Monday that they have entered into negotiations with Telia in order to connect the town to the telecom operator’s network. Ammarnäs town head Göran Wikström promised on Monday that residents would be connected to the internet “as soon as practically possible”.
Posted 29 December 2009; 2:41:02 AM. Permalink