A view of Oslo, Norway, taken from the surrounding hills. Author Michael Booth says Norwegians were traditionally thought of as Scandinavia's "country bumpkin."
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The tiny town of Sundsvall, Sweden, is home to the world's first airport to land passenger planes by remote control. The cameras used to help the air traffic controllers guide airplanes render details as small as cars pulling into the parking lot from miles away.
In Aug. 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and businessman and billionaire Arkady Rotenberg,(right) mourn during a farewell ceremony for Putin's first judo coach, Anatoly Rakhlin, in St. Petersburg, Russia.