Telenor's former chairman Svein Aaser (left) and CEO Jon Fredrik Baksaas had more explaining to do on Friday over how they handled the corruption at Telenor's partly owned VimpelCom. PHOTO: NRK screen grab/

Ex-Telenor chiefs grilled again

Former leaders of Telenor and its partly owned subsidiary VimpelCom endured another round of grilling on Friday by the Norwegian Parliament's disciplinary committee. Former Telenor CEO Jon Fredrik Baksass … [READ MORE...]

Hornøya, Vardø, birds

Arctic birds star in slow-TV ‘cliffhanger’

A remarkable Norwegian island where tens of thousands of sea birds nest every year will be the location of the latest "slow TV" project from Norway's state broadcaster, NRK. It will be a real "cliffhanger" of … [READ MORE]

Around 2,500 people live on Svalbard and 1,003 of its eligible voters in Longyearbyen have now elected a new Conservative-led government on the Arctic archipelago. It's bound to meet "active opposition," however, from the Greens Party. PHOTO: Utenriksdepartementet

Higher oil prices fuel Barents plans

Oil prices have now nearly doubled since the beginning of the year, and that's refueling huge and risky interest in Norway's offshore portions of the Arctic. While seafood producers voluntarily struck a … [READ MORE]

PHOTO: The Independent Barents Observer/Thomas Nilsen

Barents port keen on the oil business

KIRKENES: When the Norwegian government's new surveillance vessel Marjata berthed at its home port here this month, many locals hoped it signalled the arrival of the first of many new and different kinds of … [READ MORE]

Ryanair continues to generate turbulence in the Norwegian market where it's been trying to expand. PHOTO: Wikipedia Commons

Confusion flies over Ryanair’s strategy

Political battles tied to Ryanair's objections to an airline seat tax in Norway, and whether they will lead to closure of the Rygge airport where Ryanair has its base, may have strayed off course. One … [READ MORE]

State mediator Nils Dalseide has been a busy man during Norway's annual spring season for labour negotiations. He was getting much of the credit for warding off a major strike by state workers.  PHOTO: Arbeidsdepartementet

Mediator averts major state strike

State mediator Nils Dalseide helped head off a major strike on Thursday that would have pulled more than 5,000 state employees off the job within the police, government ministries, state welfare agency NAV and … [READ MORE]

Poland's president, Andrzej Duda, arrived in pouring rain on Monday, making his welcome ceremony on the grounds of the royal palace a very wet affair. PHOTO: Scanpix/Lise Åserud

State visit linked Norway and Poland

Poland's new president, Andrzej Duda, arrived in pouring rain on Monday and left in sunshine on Wednesday after his first three-day state visit to Norway. He's the second top official from Poland to visit … [READ MORE]


Artur Wilczynski

Canadian envoy rocks and rolls

He sports an earring, took contact before arriving in Norway with his husband … [READ MORE...]

PHOTO: NTB Scanpix

Northug told to cut out poker

Professional skier Petter Northug is usually off playing poker in major … [READ MORE...]

Sir Andrew J Wiles

Oxford scholar wins Abel Prize

UPDATED: He's considered one of the world's greatest contemporary … [READ MORE...]

Roy Johansen

Hockey players hail departing coach

Norway's national ice hockey team not only won a World Championship match on … [READ MORE...]


Norway’s oldest man turns 109

"This is the first time I've attended a 109th birthday party," exclaimed Prime Minister … [READ MORE...]

Application errors lead to deportation

Diarra King, an American citizen living in Norway with a Norwegian wife and child, faced … [READ MORE...]

Oslo’s parking program backfires badly

Oslo's new Labour-led city government has already irritated residents owning cars who … [READ MORE...]

Cinemas log best year in a decade

Fears that Norwegians would simply stay home and watch films on video players, DVDs or via … [READ MORE...]

Politician resigns all posts after arrest

A politician for the conservative Progress Party has resigned all his posts after he was … [READ MORE...]

Ex-teacher jailed in major sexual assault case

A former teacher from Hadeland in western Oppland County has been handed a lengthy … [READ MORE...]


A maze of pipes at Mongstad is part of the efforts to find the "best and cheapest" means of capturing carbon emissions. PHOTO: Gassnova/

Higher emissions don’t daunt leaders

NEWS ANALYSIS: Just days after the Norwegian government announced controversial plans to drill for more oil and gas in new areas of the Arctic, came news that Norway's own carbon emissions have increased for … [READ MORE]