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Welcome to the 21st century: Norway prime minister runs country from iPad

With flights to Europe suspended due to the volcanic ash plume, the prime minister is spotted at the airport running the country with an iPad and electrical outlet.
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Written by Joe McKendrick, Contributing Writer on

The recent volcano eruption in Iceland has shut down air travel to and across Europe, and many travelers are stranded at airports and hotels across the globe.

The prime minister of Norway, Jens Stotlenberg, is one of those travelers stuck at JFK airport in New York, and was spotted by a NY Daily News photographer in the lounge, running affairs of state from an iPad. He was in the United States this week for President Obama's nuclear summit.

As the Daily News put it: "All he needs is an iPad  and an electrical outlet to run the country." That is, if he can find a seat located near an open outlet, without someone's pile of baggage blocking it...

SmartPlanet colleague Boonsri Dickensin provides additional insights into the volcanic ash plume that is creating so many problems across the continent.

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

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