Statoil continues to pump up profits from its oil and gas operations. Pictured here, the Sleipner platform off Norway. PHOTO: Statoil/Dag Myrestrand

Oil fund grilled over coal holdings

Norway's huge sovereign wealth fund, known as the oil fund since it's fueled by the country's oil revenues, is being grilled once again, this time over its investments in coal. While environmentalists want the … [READ MORE...]

Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Chess World Champion Magnus Carlsen on Tuesday, as challenger Vishy Anand looked on at left. PHOTO: NTB Scanpix/Berit Roald

Putin hailed Norway’s champ

UPDATED: Russian President Vladimir Putin took time on Tuesday to not only congratulate the Chess World Champion, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, but also invite him to a tea party along with his challenger Vishy … [READ MORE]

Henrik Syse, an author, lecturer, philosopher and peace researcher, looks set for a seat on the Norwegian Nobel Committee. PHOTO: Cappelen Damm

Syse tapped for Nobel committee

Henrik Syse, a high-profile philosopher, peace researcher and public speaker in Norway, has emerged as the Conservative Party's choice to fill its newly won extra spot on the Norwegian Nobel Committee. Syse is … [READ MORE]

Coop was cooking up something extra indeed this week, with Rema 1000. PHOTO: Coop Norge

Shopping bag tax sets off new row

NEWS ANALYSIS: A new tax on shopping bags in Norway suddenly crept into last week's difficult state budget negotiations, and it has since kicked up nearly as much of a fuss as the budget itself. None of the … [READ MORE]

Telenor's CEO, Jon Fredrik Baksaas, finally revealed more about the "differences" he claims exists between TeliaSonera's dealings in Uzbekistan and Telenor's. Critics say that TeliaSonera and VimpelCom, in which Telenor owns a large stake, gained access to the Uzbekistan market in the same way, by making large payments to a company in Gibraltar that investigators suspect were bribes. PHOTO: Telenor

Telenor lifts the veil on VimpelCom

After refusing to answer questions about bribery suspicions at mobile phone firm VimpelCom, Norwegian telecoms company Telenor has finally revealed some of the contact it's had with the firm, in which it … [READ MORE]

Prime Minister Erna Solberg, busy opening Statoil's new Gudrun platform in the North Sea, has called on Jonas Gahr Støre to clarify his position on oil and gas exploration and production. At far right, Statoil CEO Helge Lund looks on as Solberg is greeted by platform boss Ole Martin Bakken. PHOTO: Statoil/Harald Pettersen

Statoil seeks to shake off politics

The Norwegian state still owns 67 percent of the shares in Norwegian oil company Statoil, but the company itself wants to shed some of the political terms under which it's run. Top politicians, however, don't … [READ MORE]

Hospital officials went into crisis mode at the hospital in Kristiansand Sunday night, after its entire lower level was flooded following a day of heavy rain. PHOTO: Sørlandet Sykehus

Flooded hospital cancels surgery

The main hospital in southern Norway, Sørlandet Sykehus in Kristiansand, had to cancel all planned operations on Monday and send emergency patients elsewhere. Heavy rain on Sunday set off local flooding that … [READ MORE]

Magnus Carlsen of Norway was all smiles after successfully defending his title on Sunday as Chess World Champion. PHOTO: NTB Scanpix/Berit Roald

‘King Carlsen’ secures his title

Norwegian Chess World Champion Magnus Carlsen has managed to remain exactly that. After 11 matches at the World Chess Championships in Sochi, Russia, Carlsen won Sunday's game against challenger Vishy Anand, … [READ MORE]



Northug wins and irritates again

Skier Petter Northug was soundly beaten in a long-distance race on Saturday but … [READ MORE...]

Environmental activist, doctor and celebrity philanthropist Gunhild Stordalen is trying to battle a rare and life-threatening disease. PHOTO: GreeNudge/EAT Forum

Celebrity activist seriously ill

Gunhild Stordalen has long been known in Norway for her environmental activism … [READ MORE...]

PHOTO: NTB Scanpix

Protests rise over French’s plight

Joshua French, the young Norwegian man convicted of murder in the Democratic … [READ MORE...]

Dr Mads Gilbert

Gaza doctor now barred from Israel

Israeli authorities now say they haven't barred Dr Mads Gilbert from Gaza but … [READ MORE...]


‘Sad day for Svalbard’ as mine lays off workers

Around 100 workers at the Store Norske mine on Norway's Arctic archipelago of Svalbard are … [READ MORE...]

Dutch jail ready for Norwegian prisoners

Authorities in the Netherlands have confirmed that one of its prisons in the northern part … [READ MORE...]

Motor trouble strands Tesla drivers

Norway has been one of the most important new markets in the world for the trendy Tesla … [READ MORE...]

Foreign truck drivers face new restrictions

Norwegian officials have lost patience with foreign truck drivers who lack experience … [READ MORE...]

Afghanistan’s First Lady in Oslo

Rula Ghani, wife of newly elected Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, was in Oslo over the … [READ MORE...]

Royals attend new citizenship ceremony

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit took part in the latest ceremony to … [READ MORE...]


Norway's new Johan Sverdrup oil and gas field, located around 140 kilometers off Stavanger in the North Sea, represents a huge new source of wealth. Its environmental impact seems to be of secondary consideration. ILLUSTRATION: Statoil

Statoil rolls out huge new oil field

NEWS ANALYSIS: The timing was ironic at best: Just as a new wave of climate concerns was literally washing over Norway this week, state oil company Statoil proudly promoted its huge new oil field Johan … [READ MORE]