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Best things about Norway: Brown cheese, 2600 km of ski tracks around Oslo and vast fish stocks
When in Norway: Don't talk to strangers on public transport. Norwegians will consider you
Norwegian favourite entertainment: freakish. Except maybe if you are offering compliments on our great country
Annual number of SMS sent per capita (2010): Whale hunting and jokes about the Swedes
National high point: 1300
Worst thing about Norway: 1994: Winter Olympics and 2nd referendum rejecting EU membership
Existing unconditional pledge on the table: Chronic oil addiction
Existing Conditional pledge (upper end): 30% below 1990 by 2020
Next step to increase ambition by COP18: 40% below 1990 by 2020
  40% by 2020 with at least 2/3 of the target through domestic mitigation
Rationale: Norway has pledged to move to a target of 40% if this will contribute to achieving an ambitious global agreement. Increased mitigation ambition from rich countries such as Norway is probably the most important thing that can contribute to increasing overall ambition at the moment, so Norway should make good on this promise right away. Secondly, Norway needs to make clear  that it intends to meet its target mainly through domestic action rather than offsetting. This is important for Norway's credibility in UNFCCC negotiations.
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