During the summer of 1946, the press started reporting sightings of “ghost rockets”. Hundreds of people all over Scandinavia saw these phenomena, which have not yet been studied in detail by researchers. Press coverage of UFO-sightings was high in 1947, and the first books about “Flying Saucers” appeared 1954.
The first UFO-groups started to form at about the same time. Small groups existed in several of Norway’s largest cities during the 1950s and 1960s. None of these were particularly interested in scientific aspects, most were convinced that the aliens were already here.
In 1972, these small groups formed a national organization called Norsk UFO Center – NUFOC. In 1980 NUFOC changed it’s name to UFO-NORGE. During the 1970s and 1980s NUFOC/UFO-NORGE gradually became more sensible and less secteric. Today, UFO-NORGE represents a serious and common-sense approach to UFO phenomena.
THE OBJECTIVE OF UFO-NORGE
1) The objectives of UFO-NORGE are to research and identify reports of UFO phenomena through gathering and investigating sighting accounts, as well as inform the public through our quarterly journal.
2) UFO-NORGE aims to collect, process and study all available information on UFOs in Norway.
3) UFO-NORGE strives for the use of scientific principles and methods in its investigation.
4) UFO-NORGE is open to any and all hypothesis and theories which may represent possible solutions to the UFO enigma, and will not attribute unidentified reports to any particular theory.
THE MEANING OF THE WORD UFO
Today, the word “UFO” is accepted as a proper noun.
UFO-NORGE has defined the term UFO as: a reported phenomenon in the sky, in the airspace, or on the ground, with the key characteristics of being and remaining unidentified even after being investigated by competent researchers.
MANAGEMENT OF UFO-NORGE
UFO-NORGE is an organization managed by a board of directors (“Styret”), 3 persons (“styreformann” + 2 x “styremedlem”), which irregularly get together.
Each year the board of directors and an additional 6 people, which hold various functions within the organization, meet and discuss/decide the larger issues of organization direction and guidelines.
All activities are carried out on an unpaid, spare time basis.
INVESTIGATION OF SIGHTINGS
As part of the investigation of reports, a paper report form is used. In addition we have a webbased report form. Since 1972, UFO-NORGE has investigated and collected more than 4,000 reports, of which a significant part has turned out to be known (mis-)identified phenomena.
Today the percentage of explained sightings is between 80% and 95%. The remaining 5-20% cannot be explained and are archived as UFO reports.
Earlier the IFO reports were not saved for posterity, but today they are (since 1995).
UFO-NORGE is in the process of scanning all our report material.
UFO-NORGE – Karl Staaffsvei 70 – N-0665 Oslo – NORWAY
www.ufo.no / firstname.lastname@example.org