In this story the journalist writes: "Han kan ikke ha det lett den kanadiske mannen som mistet konas håndveske med 6,5 millioner i smykker i....." That amount is wrong. To be correct, the journalist should have written: "Han kan ikke ha det lett den kanadiske mannen som mistet konas håndveske med 5,6 millioner i smykker i....." The amount stated in the story - 6.5 million Norwegian Crowns (NOK) is not correct. It is 5.6 million NOK. The amount was $1 million in Canadian currency (CAD), not American currency (USD). For some strange reason the journalist took the Canadian currency amount from the Canadian story and used a foreign (USD-NOK) currency exchange rate to calculate the amount for the $1 million to Canadian currency (CAD-NOK). He should have used the CAD-NOK exchange rate. How does a Canadian story with a Canadian currency amount get changed to the USA's currency in this story? Does the journalist actually think American money is used in Canada? Do Norwegians use the Swedish Crown or Euro in Norway? No, so why would Canada use the USA's currency? How do mistakes in Canadian stories like this not get checked before they are printed? Is it obvious many Norwegian journalists do not know Canada. In a reply back from the journalist he writes: "...Har vært i USA og Canada et par tre ganger. Kjentfolk i Detroit [USA] og besøker (til) Windsor [Canada] på andre siden..." This journalist has been in the USA travelling and decides to come to Windsor, Canada while on holidays. That means he would have have driven down to the Canadian border, would have been stopped and been cleared through Canada Customs and Immigration, and asked by Canadian officials for a passport upon entering Canada. If while visiting Canada he spent any money, he would have seen that the currency in Canada was Canadian currency. Despite the actual fact of being in Canada, possibly spending Canadian money, the story still gets published using the USD-NOK exchange rate for Canadian currency. How much closer to Canada does on have to get to really understand and take note that in Canada the currency is Canadian, and has a different exchange rate that other countries? The story was corrected after an e-mail was sent pointing out the mistake. When Norwegian journalists write a story from New Zealand do they convert the amount with the Australian dollar exchange rate? When Norwegian journalists write a story from Australia do they use the New Zealand exchange rate? So why do they so often (as one can see from other stories on this website) make this mistake with Canada? The reality is that Canadian currency is one of the stable and traded currencies on world markets, more than Australia or New Zealand, and up there near the top with other international currencies, yet it seems like many Norwegian journalists think we use USA currency in Canada. How many Norwegians will show up in Vancouver, Canada in 2010 for the Winter Olympics with USA currency, thinking we use USA currency in Canada? My guess is that more Norwegians will come to Canada with USA currency than Canadians coming to Norway the next time Norway hosts the winter Olympics, with Swedish currency.
2) Lå fastklemt under tre i 6 dager (Bjarne Bringeland) 24 December 2006
3) USA feirer uavhengighetsdagen (Bjarne Bringeland) 4 July 2008
4) Åtte lik funnet i Ontario (Bjarne Bringeland) 8 April 2006
5) Arbeidsløs alenemor vant 150 millioner kroner (Bjarne Bringeland) 1 July 2008
6) USA tar avskjed med Reagan (By StavangerAvisen.com) 11 June 2004
In this story about the death of the USA's president Ronald Reagan, Stavanger Avisen writes: "Den tidligere kanadiske presidenten, Brian Mulroney, beskrev Ronald Reagan som mannen "som forandret verden." Canadian president?? This is not correct. First, Canada does not have a president, it has a Prime Minister just like Great Britain and Norway. Second, Brian Mulroney is the former Prime Minister and has not been in office since 1993. Mexico and the USA are the only two countries in North America with presidents; Canada is a Constitutional Monarchy, and not a republic, so it does not have a president.
7) Canada hjelper bilfabrikkene (Bjarne Bringeland) 21 December 2008
"Canada hjelper bilfabrikkene" "Canada hjelper bilfabrikkene i Canada""Regkeringen i Canada har annonsert en pakke på 4 milliarder dollar som skal gå til de amerikanske bilfabrikkene i landet."
8) USA: Mann overlevde Niagara Falls (By Bjarne Bringeland) 12 March 2009
This story the Norwegian journalist identifies as taking place in the USA - wrong country. This story took place in Canada, not in the USA. Wrong country. To be correct, the heading should say: "Canada: Mann overlevde Niagara Falls." Later the story states: "Mannen i slutten av 30 årene hoppet frivillig ut i det store vannfallet uten verneutstyr, opplyser kanadisk politi." This event took place in Canada, the man was taken to a Canadian hospital, rescued by Canadian police, and yet, the story is titled as taking place in the USA. Canada is the a neighbour country to the USA, not located in the USA. After e-maling the journalist a correction has not been made.