Oslo's Holmenkollen Ski Jump is the centerpiece of the annual Holmenkollen Ski Festival, but a near chronic lack of natural snow is raising concerns every year. PHOTO: Oslo kommune

Mild winters put ski events at risk

As this weekend's Holmenkollen Ski Festival unfolds in the hills above Oslo, it's become increasingly clear that organizing such major winter sports events has become a risky sport in itself. A lack of snow, … [READ MORE...]

Secret Swiss accounts about to go public

Norwegians won't be able to stash away money in secret Swiss bank accounts for much longer. An agreement recently signed by Finance Minister Siv Jensen and Switzerland's ambassador to Norway formalizes the … [READ MORE]

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in discussion with US Secretary of State John Kerry and Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende at the donors' conference for Syria in London on Wednesday. PHOTO: Statsministerens kontor

Aid in the billions heading for Syria

Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Foreign Minister Børge Brende have been busy this week raising more money for aid to Syria, and vowed that Norway would donate NOK 10 billion (USD 1.1 billion itself) over the … [READ MORE]

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DNB blasted for closing branches

DNB's announcement on Wednesday that it plans to close more than half its branch offices, and lay off 600 employees, has set off protests from the large national labour organization representing many bank … [READ MORE]

Refugee returns blocked in the Arctic

No more asylum seekers who were turned down by Norway will be sent over the border to Russia at Storskog. After meetings in Moscow this week between Norwegian and Russian authorities, it was agreed that only … [READ MORE]

Jotun is one of Norway's most international companies, as evidenced by a large Jotun billboard that greets arrivals in Labuan, East Malaysia. The Norwegian paint giant has made its presence known in Malaysia, along with other places, for several decades. PHOTO: Views and News

Corruption rears its head once again

Norway is generally viewed as a non-corrupt country, but over the past few years, nearly every large Norwegian company has had to grapple with the problem. The biggest cases have involved Yara International, … [READ MORE]

Norway's government minister for cultural affairs, Linda Hofstad Helleland, claimed that Magne Furuholmen has the artistic talent, network and experience to strengthen the Bergen International Festival. PHOTO: Kulturdepartementet

A-ha star takes on new festival job

Magne Furuholmen, one of the three Norwegian superstars forming the rock band a-ha, didn't need to be searching high and low for a new job but he's decided to take on a new one anyway. On Tuesday Furuholmen was … [READ MORE]

PEOPLE

Lars Roar Langslet

Cultural icon changed Norway

The man who scrapped Norway's state monopoly on broadcasting, and served as the … [READ MORE...]

Aksel Lund Svindal was back in the hospital Saturday afternoon. PHOTO: NRK screen grab/newsinenglish.no

Svindal survives a horrible fall

UPDATED: Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway's popular and highly respected downhill … [READ MORE...]

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Ex-UN top comes home to KrF

Norway's Christian Democrats party (Kristelig Folkeparti, KrF) has a new … [READ MORE...]

King Harald

Portraits of a king after 25 years

Norway's Royal Palace in Oslo released a series of new official portraits of the … [READ MORE...]

NEWS IN BRIEF

New Statoil cuts worry suppliers and employees

Even though Norway's state oil company Statoil reported some large losses on Thursday, its … [READ MORE...]

Oslo to restrict use of diesel vehicles

Oslo's new left-center city government was going ahead this week with placing restrictions … [READ MORE...]

Job cuts spread to west coast bank

Sparebanken Vest, a regional bank serving customers mostly in western Norway, announced … [READ MORE...]

Kygo confirmed for Kongsberg Jazz Festival

Organizers of the annual Kongsberg Jazz Festival said they were delighted to finally be … [READ MORE...]

Another oil rig company cuts up to 200 jobs

Citing an "extremely demanding" market, Songa Offshore announced on Monday that it would … [READ MORE...]

SPECIAL FEATURES

Lots of expatriate oil industry workers in Norway now face the tough and lonely job of finding new work, or having to move back home. PHOTO: Statoil/Øyvind Hagen

Repatriation: The rocky road home

SPECIAL FEATURE: Tougher economic times in Norway, brought on by the fall in oil prices, mean many expatriates in the country are now dealing with job losses or reassignments that can involve moving back to … [READ MORE]