Divorce rate drops in Norway

New figures showed the number of divorces in Norway dropped by 12 percent since 2005, and there's less demand for separation and divorce mediation. Relationship experts said it was difficult to pin down the … [READ MORE...]

Prime Minister Erna Solberg joins political leaders and July 22 support workers to lay wreathes on Utøya on Tuesday, commemorating the third anniversary of the massacre. The Office of Criminal Injuries Compensation said on Wednesday it was concerned by the government's plans to cut its budget by 69 percent in the next two years, arguing it still had many cases to handle in the aftermath of the attacks. PHOTO: Statsministerens kontor

Violence victims face budget cuts

The Office of Criminal Injuries Compensation (Kontoret for voldsoffererstatning, KFV) feared a proposed NOK 25 million (USD 4 million) cut to its budget would drastically reduce the support it could offer … [READ MORE]

Moss locals organised a memorial service for Lucas the dog, to be held on Wednesday evening. A man confessed to killing the dog after a social media witch hunt. Animal welfare group NOAH said there had been an alarming increase in the number of animal cruelty cases reported so far this year. PHOTO: Facebook.com/Minnemarkering for hunden Lucas

Animal cruelty cases on the rise

Norwegian animal welfare organization NOAH expressed concern on Tuesday over the record number of animal cruelty notifications it has received so far this year. Recent cases that have attracted media attention … [READ MORE]

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‘Too many roses, not enough anger’

NEWS ANALYSIS: It's taken three years, but Norwegians are finally beginning to publicly display pent-up anger over a home-grown right-wing extremist's murderous attacks on July 22, 2011. As the grieving … [READ MORE]

Ola Borten Moe serves as Norway's Oil & Energy Minister, but took the liberty of commenting on the future of fur farming last week, and that's upset government colleagues. PHOTO: Senterpartiet

Center Party: Let Israel into NATO?

Center Party (Senterpartiet, Sp) deputy Ola Borten Moe proposed a radical new suggestion to deal with the ongoing Middle East conflict on Tuesday - inviting Israel to join NATO. He said rather than boycott … [READ MORE]

Clean-up efforts are well underway at the government complex hit by a right-wing extremist's bomb on Friday. Now a commission will examine the attacks and the emergency response to them, a project likely to take as long as a year. PHOTO: Views and News

‘Grief is as heavy for many today’

Norwegians were gathering on Tuesday to mark the third anniversary of the July 22, 2011 terror attacks that killed 77 people in and around Oslo. Labour youth party (Arbeidernes Ungdomsfylking, AUF) leader and … [READ MORE]

Tromsø mayor Jens Johan Hjort (left) and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Chess Olympiad. The Tromsø 2014 organizers bowed to pressure from FIDE on Monday and agreed to let teams who'd missed the June 1 registration deadline compete in next month's tournament. PHOTO: David Llada/facebook.com/IstanbulChessOlympiad2012

Chess Olympiad yields to FIDE

The organizers of the 41st World Chess Olympiad in Tromsø next month bowed to pressure from the World Chess Federation (FIDE) on Monday, and agreed to allow entry to teams that missed the sign-up deadline. … [READ MORE]

More foreigners in prostitution

The Norwegian government banned prostitution in 2009 in a bid to halt human trafficking, but charities said the number of foreign prostitutes in Norway has only risen in the years since. Aid groups blamed the … [READ MORE]

Alexander Kristoff celebrates after winning his second Tour de France stage, despite feeling "rotten" for most of the race. PHOTO: facebook.com/pages/Alexander-Kristoff

‘Rotten’ Kristoff takes another win

Norwegian cyclist Alexander Kristoff felt so bad on Sunday's Tour de France stage 15, he almost asked his team mates to stop riding for him. He managed to stay with the peloton which, in a thrilling finish, … [READ MORE]

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Zucca scores new Rangers contract

Norwegian ice hockey star Mats "Zucca" Zuccarello Aasen agreed on a new contract … [READ MORE...]

Alf Prøysen would have turned 100 on Wednesday. His songs and texts live on as part of the national heritage. PHOTO: musikkogungdom

Norway celebrates songwriter Prøysen

It seems only fitting that the centennial celebration of cherished Norwegian … [READ MORE...]

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Haslestad replaced as Yara CEO

Major Norwegian industrial company Yara announced on Monday that chief executive … [READ MORE...]

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Rosenborg gives Hansen the boot

Trondheim football club Rosenborg (RBK) sacked coach Per "Perry" Joar Hansen on … [READ MORE...]

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Marine Harvest broke competition laws

Norwegian-based international seafood company Marine Harvest, owned by industry tycoon … [READ MORE...]

NHO and LO bosses back Oslo Olympics

The leaders of both Norway's largest employer and union groups, the Confederation of … [READ MORE...]

SAS and Norwegian drop Israel routes

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) and Norwegian Air have both suspended their Tel Aviv routes … [READ MORE...]

Utøya mothers: ‘We need more time’

A group of mothers presented a letter to Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the memorial … [READ MORE...]

Oslo hotter than the Mediterranean

July is traditionally vacation time in Norway, when sun seekers flock to southern Europe. … [READ MORE...]

UK gallery claims to have fifth ‘Scream’

A gallery owner in Reading, England claimed this month to have a fifth version of … [READ MORE...]

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Brokers urged to take ‘pappaperm’

Norwegian politicians and large financial firms reacted strongly this week to revelations that many independent brokerage firms dissuade new fathers from taking parental leave. Conservative politicians … [READ MORE]

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Plans to toughen marriage migration

The Norwegian government wants to set an age limit of 24 years and an income requirement of over NOK 300,000 (USD 48,400) per year before a married couple would be eligible for family immigration. Marriage … [READ MORE]