This Decree of the Ministry of Environment consists of 25 sections divided into 6 Chapters: Scope and applications sphere (I); General rules (II); Activities which shall be communicated (III); Rules for all activities (IV); Supervision and control (V); Miscellaneous provisions (VI). The scope of this Regulation is to prevent pollution and other events in Svalbard and its territorial waters which may cause harm to the fauna and flora and the natural environment. Section 5 prohibits discharge of waste which may cause harm to the environment. In section 6 all activities which require notification to the District Governor of Svalbard are listed. Sections 12 and 13 concern measures to prevent spreading of pollution and to counteract pollution.
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Two centuries of Viking raids into Europe tapered off following the adoption of Christianity by King Olav TRYGGVASON in 994; conversion of the Norwegian kingdom occurred over the next several decades. In 1397, Norway was absorbed into a union with Denmark that lasted more than four centuries. In 1814, Norwegians resisted the cession of their country to Sweden and adopted a new constitution. Sweden then invaded Norway but agreed to let Norway keep its constitution in return for accepting the union under a Swedish king.