In 2008 Norway officially opened their "Doomsday Seed Vault" which houses millions of variations of the worlds seeds being preserved in case of a catastrophic disaster where the earth would need to essentially be re-statrted.....creepy!
In 2009, the Seed Vault won the Norwegian Lighting Prize for best outdoor lighting and was also ranked #6 on the Time's Best Inventions of 2008. Pretty Impressive!
Guess you really do learn something new everyday! I have been living in Oslo for over 3 months now and have not heard one mention of this place....i guess somehow the conversation of the world ending just doesn't come up as often as you would think....go figure!