2006 (MMVI) in the Gregorian calendar was a year without a shooting day that began on a Sunday. In Chinese astrology, 2006 was the year of the Dog, while in Western astrology it was the year of Aquarius.
2006 was chosen as the "Rembrandt Year", to mark 400 years since Rembrandt was born; "Ibsen Year", to mark that it was 100 years since Henrik Ibsen died; "Franklin Year", to mark 300 years since Benjamin Franklin was born; "Mozart Year", to mark 250 years since Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born; and "Tesla Year", to mark 150 years since Nikola Tesla was born.
The Greek port city of Patras was chosen as the European Capital of Culture for 2006.
January 1st -
Russia stops all imports of fresh Norwegian salmon after Russian claims of dangerously high content of lead and cadmium.
The employers' organization Norsk Industri becomes operational.
January 4 -
Turkish authorities confirm that the avian flu virus H5N1 has caused deaths in the country.
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is hospitalized with a brain haemorrhage.
January 10 - The Christian Norwegian newspaper Magazinet publishes caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed which were originally printed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten. The publication later provoked strong reactions among Muslims around the world.
January 12 - 362 Islamic pilgrims are trampled to death as panic breaks out in a crowd during the Hajj in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
January 13 - Researcher Jon Sudbø admits to having falsified data used in research on cancer of the oral cavity
January 15 -
The American space probe Stardust returns to Earth with the first dust samples collected from a comet.
Michelle Bachelet is elected President of Chile, the first female president in the country's history.
January 16 - Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is inaugurated and becomes Liberia's first female president in the country's history.
January 17 - In Norway, the extreme weather Narve from January 17 to 20 causes very low temperatures and a full storm in northern Norway and Trøndelag.
January 18 - In Norway, the Kristina case starts with a feature on TV 2.
January 19 -
A Slovak plane with KFOR soldiers on board crashes in Hungary near the Slovak border. 44 of 45 on board perish.
The New Horizons spacecraft is launched on its nine-year journey towards Pluto.
January 22 -
Islamic scholars threaten Denmark and Norway with boycott because newspapers in both Denmark and Norway have published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
Evo Morales is installed as Bolivia's new president.
January 23 - Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf pays a state visit to Norway
January 26 - The Islamist organization Hamas wins the Palestinian Legislative Assembly and gains a clear majority of 74 of 132 seats.
January 28 - At least 66 people are killed and 160 injured when a trade fair hall in Katowice, Poland, collapses.
January 31 - Heavy rainfall causes flooding in Trøndelag. The Nordlandsbanen line and road connection between northern and southern Norway will be closed. One dies as a bridge collapses on Årnes in Åfjord. Early estimates are between 500 and 1000 building damage due to floods and landslides.
Heavy floods in the Elbe and Danube
February 1 - Ben Bernanke is appointed new chairman of the Federal Reserve, the US Federal Reserve.
February 2 - The cruise ship al-Salam Boccaccio 98 sank in the Red Sea on its way from Duba in Saudi Arabia to the city of Safaga in southern Egypt.
February 4 -
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has decided to bring Iran before the UN Security Council after announcing that it will resume uranium enrichment and ban IAEA inspectors.
Islamists storm and burn the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Damascus, Syria.
February 5 - Islamists storm and burn the Danish consulate in Beirut, Lebanon.
February 7 - Norwegian ISAF soldiers in Afghanistan come under attack from Islamists in the town of Meymaneh. Six Norwegian and two Finnish soldiers are injured, four attackers among others