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STOCKHOLM (AP)— A Norwegian real estate broker is being praised after he found almost $40,000 hidden underneath the fireplace of his new apartment and donated all of it to a charity. Vemund Thorkildsen told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he made the discovery as he showed his newly purchased Oslo apartment to a friend two weeks ago. While trying to figure out whether the fireplace could be moved to another room, they lifted a stone panel. Beneath it they found an envelope with almost 350,000 kroner ($38,000) in Norwegian bank notes. “At first we started to celebrate like if we had won the lottery,” said Thorkildsen, 27. “But then I thought this not my money.” He had bought the apartment from Kreftforeningen, a Norwegian cancer foundation which had received it as part of an estate. So Thorkildsen decided the foundation should have the money. “It would have been nice to go on a vacation,” he said, laughing. “But that money wasn’t mine and it felt nice to give it to something good like the cancer foundation.”


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