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Northerners cling to open border

As Norwegian and Russian officials gather near their shared border in the northern Norwegian city of Kirkenes this weekend, local residents fervently hope they'll "break the ice" and improve diplomatic … [READ MORE...]

Kirkenes was only one of the cities in Northern Norway that was completely destroyed by retreating Nazi German forces. PHOTO: Wikipedia

Northern Norway’s grief remembered

Norway's late King Olav V called it the greatest castastrophe in Norwegian history since the plague devastated the country in 1349. This week marks 70 years since the Norwegian liberation hopes raised by … [READ MORE]

Justice Minister Anders Anundsen said Thursday that highly criticized investigation around the death of an eight-year-old girl "was hard to live with," and he hopes criminal probes will now improve. PHOTO: Justisdepartementet

New unit to probe unsolved crimes

Justice Minister Anders Anundsen hopes a new police unit being set up to relaunch investigations of old unsolved crimes will help prevent what many consider a travesty of justice in the case of an … [READ MORE]

This photo shows the mountain known as "Mannen" with its unstable portion circled. Experts fear it's about to loosen and send tons of rocks and debris crashing down on the valley below. PHOTO: Åknes/Tafjord Beredskap IKS

Residents wait for mountain to fall

After being on alert for weeks, if not months, the now-evacuated residents of a deep valley in Norway's mountainous area of Romsdal were literally waiting this week for the steep mountainside high above them … [READ MORE]

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has long been relatively anonymous, but is now subject to a storm of attention in Norway. This photo was taken at last year's awards ceremony. From left: Chairman Thorbjørn Jagland, the 2013 winner from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Ahmet Üzümcü; Kaci Kullmann Five, Inger-Marie Ytterhorn, Berit Reiss-Andersen, and Gunnar Stålsett. At far right, outgoing committee secretary Geir Lundestad. PHOTO: Utenriksdepartementet

No foreigners eyed for Nobel committee

Norway's Conservative Party, which will be able to nominate two new members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee this autumn, has now ruled out considering anyone who's not Norwegian. The Conservatives also … [READ MORE]

Prime Minister Erna Solberg (right) and Finance Minister Siv Jensen face tough weeks ahead, as they battle not only with the opposition over their proposed state budget, but also with their own support parties. PHOTO: NTB Scanpix

State budget battle begins in earnest

Prime Minister Erna Solberg got a taste this week of the state budget battle her government faces this autumn. A united opposition, including her government's so-called "support parties," grilled her in … [READ MORE]

Oil Minister Tord Lien on Ekofisk platform

‘Norway’s oil age is not over,’ yet

Tord Lien, Norway's government minister for oil and energy, isn't letting himself be overly concerned by the recent, some say dramatic, fall in oil prices. Lien believes oil companies will continue to be … [READ MORE]

Child’s murder unleashes police critics

A 32-year-old man from Lithuania was ordered held in custody for at least four weeks on Wednesday, after police charged him Tuesday with the murder of an eight-year-old girl in western Norway three years ago. … [READ MORE]



Afghan interpreter wins asylum

Faizullah Muradi, who worked as an interpreter for Norwegian forces in … [READ MORE...]

Mani Hussaini, new AUF leader

Refugee ready to lead AUF

Mani Hussaini, who came to Norway as a 12-year-old refugee from Syria, was … [READ MORE...]


Svindal’s ski season shattered

Norway's top alpine skier Aksel Lund Svindal suddenly saw his upcoming … [READ MORE...]

Princess Martha Louise

Princess feels persecuted

Princess Martha Louise met with reporters just before the weekend, mostly to … [READ MORE...]


Majority in Parliament supports EU climate cuts

Even some of the most anti-EU parties in Norway were praising EU leaders on Friday for … [READ MORE...]

Trains halted amidst expansion plans

Train service in and around Oslo was back in operation on Friday after a major disruption … [READ MORE...]

New Munch Museum finally approved

Oslo city politicians finally approved the long-awaited, hotly contested project to build … [READ MORE...]

Falling oil prices keep interest rates low

Norway's central bank decided once again on Thursday to keep its key lending rate at its … [READ MORE...]

Russian billionaire gains offshore foothold

Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman has suddenly emerged as a major player in several … [READ MORE...]

Storms spark chaos, landslide warnings

Strong winds and snow halted ferry traffic and snarled roads in northern Norway on … [READ MORE...]


The classic Aurland shoe, which inspired the American penny loafer, has become a fashion object, selling in a wide variety of colors. PHOTO:

Aurland shoes still surviving in style

They inspired the American penny loafer and were meant to be practical, locally made shoes. Now the small Aurland Shoe Factory that's still making them in the scenic fjordside Norwegian town by the same … [READ MORE]