Oslo’s popular mayor Fabian Stang was sent to hospital on Thursday after suffering an acute attack of dizziness while leading an awards ceremony at Oslo City Hall. He was later said to be recovering at home.
Stang was due to award the city’s annual culture and art prizes when he fell ill and had to quickly leave the ceremony. His duties were quickly assumed by vice-mayor Libe Rieber-Mohn.
“He got very dizzy and had to lie down,” Stang’s political adviser Rune Dahl told VG Nett. The mayor was taken to Diakonhjemmet Hospital for an examination but was later released and sent home.
“Results of tests were fine and it doesn’t look like he’ll be put on sick leave,” Dahl said. “But we have cancelled some of his appointments for tomorrow (Friday).” Stang himself sent out a message that he was “safely at home at looking forward to a quiet evening.”
The city’s annual culture prize (Oslo bys kulturpris), meanwhile, was awarded to actress and director Liv Ullmann for her years of contributions to the theater. Five prizes were also awarded to various Oslo artists including film director Anne Sewitsky, author Karsten Alnæs, the rap duo Karpe Diem, fashion designer Fam Irvoll and the backers of the concert and club venue Blå.