Our most-read stories in 2012

It’s been another fast year in the news in Norway, and we published more than a thousand articles during the course of 2012. After browsing through our ever-growing archive, and compiling some traffic statistics, we’ve come up with what we thought was most interesting, and what attracted the most interest among our readers.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit and her son, Marius Borg Høiby, shown here on a family vacation in Asia last year ended up as the subjects of our most-read story of the year in 2012. PHOTO: kongehuset.no

The year was dominated by the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on July 22, 2012, from criticism over the government’s response to the trial of terrorist Anders Behring Breivik. You can find a complete rundown of our July 22 coverage here.

There were many other newsworthy issues, from the Scandinavian Airlines crisis to controversial immigration issues, from meteoric prices paid for the works of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, to triumph and tragedy in the sports world. You can browse them all via our All stories menu or search for your particular area of interest using our search window.

As always, though, stories involving Norway’s royal family tended to attract the most readers, and two of them made the “most-read list” for 2012. Here it is, courtesy of Google Analytics:

Mette Marit’s son in security scandal

Meteorite smashes through Oslo roof

* ‘English is a Scandinavian language’

Beaten in Baku and threatened, too

Norway mourns princess’ death

Norwegian firms called ‘racist’

Foreigners just don’t ‘get’ Norway (this is actually a commentary from July 2011)

* Norwegians pull together again

* ‘Lilyhammer’ set for second season

* Trondheim tops most expensive list

To all our readers, from Stavanger to Sydney, Oslo to Omaha and Bergen to Beijing (if the Chinese authorities let us through their censorship barriers), we wish you a very Happy New Year.

Views and News from Norway/Nina Berglund

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