After years of steadily improving relations with neighbouring Russia, Norway worries that things are changing during the second term of President Vladimir Putin. PHOTO: Utenriksdepartementet

Russian sanctions squeeze Norway

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway has a long history of going along with international sanctions, especially those initiated by the US and the EU. Those now looming against Russia, however, put the squeeze on longstanding, … [READ MORE...]

Magnus Carlsen, second from left, has been warming up with Norway's Chess Olympiad team in southern Norway this week, before they all headed north to Tromsø for two weeks of competition. PHOTO: NTB Scanpix/Trond Reidar Teigen

Carlsen & Co ready to roll in Tromsø

He's been sporting a T-shirt this week that reads "Make mistakes," but Norwegian chess champion Magnus Carlsen doesn't aim to make any during the Chess Olympiad that's getting underway in Tromsø this … [READ MORE]

The Norwegians don't think whaling is as controversial as it used to be. PHOTO: IFAW - International Fund for Animal Welfare

Whalers report best season in years

Norway's controversial whale hunters have reported what they claim to be the best season in many years, with 686 whales harpooned so far. That's nearly half the quota of 1,286 whales set by Norwegian … [READ MORE]

PST chief Benedicte Bjørnland announced Thursday that the threat of a terrorist attack in Norway was reduced. That prompted Justice Minister Anders Anundsen (left) and state police chief Odd Reidar Humlegård to announced that preparedness would be reduced from the high levels of the last week. PHOTO: Justisdepartementet

Terror threat level ‘back to normal’

Norway's top police, intelligence gathering and justice ministry officials have called off the alarm they rang last week when they took the unusual step of announcing that the country was threatened by an … [READ MORE]

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Doctor, politician square off on Gaza

Dr Mads Gilbert, a surgeon and high-profile Norwegian political activist, returned to a hero's welcome in Oslo on Wednesday after yet another voluntary trip to Gaza to treat injured Palestinians. Meanwhile, … [READ MORE]

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Hype runs high over ‘Hercules’ in Norway

Hollywood's new "Hercules" film features three Norwegian actors, so local media have been packed with stories this week in the run-up to its general release in Oslo on Friday. All three Norwegians say they … [READ MORE]

Teachers' union boss Ragnhild Lied (right) and employers' group KS' lead negotiator Per Kristian Sundnes met with a state mediator earlier this week, but there was no settlement. PHOTO: Utdanningsforbundet/Eli Kristine Kormo

Teachers press on with strike plans

Teachers' unions around Norway are moving forward with plans to massively expand a strike that officially began on a small scale in Bergen in June. They won't say, however, exactly who will be called off the … [READ MORE]

Labour Minister Robert Erikssons wants to make Norwegians work for their welfare benefits. PHOTO: Arbeids- og sosialdepartementet/Øyvinn Myge

Welfare recipients to be put to work

Norway's new government minister in charge of labour and welfare issues is poised to put some new demands on those collecting welfare benefits. Robert Eriksson thinks young passive welfare recipients must "be … [READ MORE]

Death toll rises in tour bus accident

A Swiss man in his 50s who was critically injured in a tour bus crash in Nord-Trøndelag on Tuesday died Wednesday at St Olavs Hospital in Trondheim. His injuries were so massive that he'd been flown from the … [READ MORE]

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Fans hail Norway Cup’s ‘general’

This year marks the 42nd year that Frode Kyvåg has been leading the effort to … [READ MORE...]

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Zuccarello excels again, at football

Norwegian hockey star Mats Zuccarello Aasen has been on summer holiday back home … [READ MORE...]

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Nini Stoltenberg dead at 51

UPDATED: She battled drug addiction for years and then illness. On Sunday, Nini … [READ MORE...]

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Dynamic duo to ‘do things differently’

Tor Olav Trøim, the 51-year-old investor and businessman who's been working for … [READ MORE...]

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IKEA sues Norway over tax claim

IKEA, the huge Swedish home furnishings retailer, has decided to take tax collectors in … [READ MORE...]

Bus driver claims blackout

UPDATED: The German driver of a bus carrying Swiss tourists claims he doesn't remember a … [READ MORE...]

Trøndelag hit by another fatal crash

One person was declared dead and another badly injured when a tank truck collided with a … [READ MORE...]

Hot summer boosts drowning accidents

The record warm temperatures that left Norwegians sweating through the summer has also … [READ MORE...]

Investigation launched into fatal tour bus accident

Police, highway officials and state accident investigators have launched a probe into the … [READ MORE...]

Mother and son killed in motorcycle accident

UPDATED: A 16-year-old boy and his mother in her 40s were killed Tuesday when the … [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]