A Norwegian real estate broker named Vemund Thorkildsen found 350,000 kroner (approximately $38,000 USD) in Norwegian bank notes under the fireplace in his new apartment. Instead of using the money to take a vacation to Norway's lovely fjords, he then donated it all to Kreftforeningen, the cancer foundation from whose estate he had purchased the apartment.
"At first we started to celebrate like if we had won the lottery," Thorkildsen, 27, told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "But then I thought this not my money."
After the story was reported by Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet, Thorkildsen received a deluge of phone calls and social media comments from friends and strangers alike, praising him for his honesty.
According to Thorkildsen, a lot of the comments were people saying they would have done the same thing. He added, "That gives you faith in humanity." You know what, it really sort of does. Norwegian humanity, at least.