It is 50 years since the first well was drilled on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.
Since I have been accused of being the Great Norwegian Bragger here, I may as well post something to celebrate the anniversary.
Here is an article (in Norwegian) about that event and the development over the next few years: http://e24.no/energi/nordsjoeen/50-aar-siden-startskuddet-for-norsk-oljeboring/23740753
(Hopefully Google translate will handle this gently)
Please also read the story by Rolf “Rocky” Oeverland: http://e24.no/naeringsliv/nordsjoeen/rocky-er-en-av-norges-foerste-oljearbeidere-det-var-mye-texas-tilstander/23742872
It is fairly descriptive of the “good old days”.
What is less well known is that the man behind the success of the Norwegian Oil adventure is an Iraqi: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/99680a04-92a0-11de-b63b-00144feabdc0.html
Most Norwegians have never heard of him. He prove that Immigrants aren’t a burden, but may be the “salvor”.
PS> This last article is in English and from 2009.