Olav Thon joked with NRK that he can't take his fortune with him "to the other side," so he's turning it all over to a foundation that will maintain his business interests and donate "at least NOK 50 million a year" to research and other projects for the public good. PHOTO: NRK screen grab/newsinenglish.no

Real estate tycoon gives fortune away

Olav Thon, the 90-year-old real estate mogul who also founded the Thon Hotels chain, delivered quite a Christmas present on Tuesday that takes his earlier philanthropy to a new level. Thon confirmed on national … [READ MORE...]

The chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Thorbjørn Jagland (left), applauds Ahmet Üzümcü as he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize Tuesday on behalf of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) aired the prize ceremony live nationwide as usual. PHOTO: NRK screen grab/newsinenglish.no

Disarmament wins Nobel applause

Ahmet Üzümcü of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons formally accepted the Nobel Peace Prize "with great humility" in Oslo on Tuesday, on behalf of the organization.  He said the prize … [READ MORE]

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This year’s Nobel among ‘most solid’

The Nobel Peace Prize is known for generating controversy and criticism, along with respect, when its winner is announced every year. This year, as it was being awarded in Oslo on Tuesday to the Organisation … [READ MORE]

The outlook for oil and gas exploration in the Barents Sea remains bright, according to Norway's oil minister, but public concerns remain high as well. PHOTO: Statoil/Harald Pettersen

New oil discovery comes amidst cuts

Just as the Norwegian government is being urged to slow down the pace of offshore oil and gas production comes news that state-controlled Statoil has made another discovery in the Barents Sea. Statoil, already … [READ MORE]

Joshua French, in the cell he shared with fellow Norwegian Tjostolv Moland in Kisangani, before the two were transferred to another prison. After Moland's death in August, French was moved to another cell that he shares with nine other prisoners. PHOTO: Christian Thomassen/NTB Scanpix

French indicted in Moland’s death

Norway's foreign ministry has sent a special envoy to the Democratic Republic of Congo after its military indicted Joshua French, a young Norwegian man who's been imprisoned in Congo since 2009, with the murder … [READ MORE]

Apartheid fight flares in Parliament

Norway's Parliament (Storting) opened its session on Monday with its president, Olemic Thommesen of the Conservatives, making a tribute to the late South African President Nelson Mandela. That ended up setting … [READ MORE]

The city-owned Oslo harbour operator has also landed in a serious labour conflict with the strong dockers' union, but isn't backing down yet in its efforts to make harbour operations more efficient and less expensive. PHOTO: Oslo Havn KF

Dockers fail to win much support

Dockworkers in Norway who've been boycotting a terminal near Stavanger and launching sympathy strikes haven't won much support in the media or among public servants. Now one top city politician in Oslo claims … [READ MORE]

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

Ryanair welcomes high court decision

Low-fare carrier Ryanair said it welcomes a decision by Norway's Supreme Court's appeals commission late last week that returned a case involving a disgruntled Ryanair worker to the Norwegian Appeals Court. The … [READ MORE]

Ahmet Üzümcü, secretary general of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, landed in Oslo Sunday evening to accept the Nobel Peace Prize for 2013. At right, the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Thorbjørn Jagland. POOL PHOTO: Vegard Grøtt / NTB Scanpix

Nobel Peace Prize winner ‘optimistic’

The head of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which will be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Tuesday, landed in Oslo on Sunday to begin three days of traditional prize … [READ MORE]

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New union boss to pose challenges

Mette Nord, the woman recently elected to lead Norway's largest labour union, … [READ MORE...]

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Erna finally more popular than Jens

Former Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg was a hard act to follow for successor … [READ MORE...]

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Veteran politician defies age barriers

At the age of 77, Astrid Nøklebye Heiberg could have been enjoying a … [READ MORE...]

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Enger wins booksellers’ prize

Journalist and author Cecilie Enger has won this year's Bokhandlerprisen … [READ MORE...]

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Hobby collector finds sensational buckle

Johannes Folkestad was out walking with his metal detector on a hilltop at Fjaler in the … [READ MORE...]

Record number of wolves shot

A total of 14 wolves have been shot in Norway so far this year, more than in any year … [READ MORE...]

Rat remains at McDonald’s

Food safety authorities in Oslo closed a popular McDonald's restaurant in the city's … [READ MORE...]

Diving platform took a dive

Local politicians in the inland city of Hamar were red-faced last week after news broke … [READ MORE...]

Man convicted of human trafficking in au pair rape case

A court in Stavanger has convicted a 45-year-old Norwegian man of human trafficking, after … [READ MORE...]

Storm cancels flights, ferries

Many flights in and out of airports in Southern Norway were delayed or cancelled on … [READ MORE...]

The Flåklypa crew have returned in a new stop-motion adventure, 38 years after Norway's most-watched film. PHOTO: solanogludvig.no

New Flåklypa film draws record crowds

Norway's favourite animated folk are winning over a new generation of fans, almost 40 years after Solan, Ludvig and Reodor Felgen first captured the hearts of Norwegian filmgoers. Solan and Ludvig - … [READ MORE]