This was the photo the government used when it announced the launch of the 24th licensing round for more oil exploration and drilling on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The government invited oil companies to nominate blocs they want to be a part of the round, while the government favours opening up new "immature" areas of the shelf "where the potential to make big discoveries is greatest." PHOTO: regjeringen.no

Solberg slammed for devotion to oil

Reaction was fast and furious after Prime Minister Erna Solberg not only announced that her government wants to increase offshore oil exploration but also open up areas off scenic Lofoten and Vesterålen to … [READ MORE...]

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Big ONS oil bash still draws in crowds

Thousands of oil and offshore industry players are converging on Stavanger again this week for the latest Offshore Northern Seas conference (ONS). Predictions that the worst effects of the oil price dive is … [READ MORE]

Airbnb rentals face tougher taxation

Private individuals who actively engage in short-term rentals of residential property, like that arranged through websites like Airbnb, now face tougher tax liability in Norway. Gone are the days of tax-free … [READ MORE]

Norway's far northern city of Kirkenes was shaken early Monday by a shooting that left two dead and one seriously wounded. PHOTO: newsinenglish.no

Double murder shocks Kirkenes

UPDATED: A 37-year-old woman from Thailand and her 12-year-old son were killed and a third person, the woman's Norwegian husband, was seriously wounded in a shooting during the night in Norway's far northern … [READ MORE]

The Goliat oil field and its new floating production and storage platform are now pumping up oil in Barents Sea, a "milestone" celebrated by Oil Minister Tord Lien, oil industry executives and lodal officials on Monday. PHOTO: Eni Norge/News On Request AS

‘Goliat’ platform hit by new problems

It's been a rough week for the huge Goliat oil platform that finally became Norway's first to operate in the Barents Sea. Conflicts over safety concerns ended up with an evacuation of Goliat late Friday … [READ MORE]

Among the reindeer believed killed by lightning were 70 calves. PHOTO: Miljødirektoratet/SNO/Håvard Kjønvedt

Lightning killed 322 wild reindeer

UPDATED: An inspector for Norway's wildlife and environmental protection  agency Statens naturoppsyn (SNO) encountered an animal tragedy while out making his rounds on a mountain plateau just before the … [READ MORE]

It's a long way from Skedsmo to Val di Fiemme and the likes of Marit Bjørgen, shown here winning the women's 30-kilometer race over the weekend and claiming her third individual gold medal at the World Championships - but skiing remains an integral part of the Norwegian culture. PHOTO: fiemme2013.com/Newspower Canon

New doping flap hits sports elite

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway has long clung to a reputation of having top athletes free of doping scandals, but that's now being severely challenged by controversy over skiers' use of asthma medicine. Norwegian … [READ MORE]

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Europe’s best: Ronaldo and Hegerberg

Norway's professional women's football player Ada Hegerberg shared the stage … [READ MORE...]

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Drama rolls over collector’s art

Wealthy investor and businessman Stein Erik Hagen wants to share his vast … [READ MORE...]

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Norway hails a ‘bishop emeritus’

Per Lønning, who died this week at an age of 88, was being hailed in Norwegian … [READ MORE...]

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‘Tutta’ wants a baby and Tokyo comeback

Norwegian golfer Suzann Pettersen, nicknamed "Tutta" back home, had been among … [READ MORE...]

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Munch’s ‘Scream’ mystery solved

A mysterious smudge on the Norwegian National Gallery's versions of Edvard Munch's famous … [READ MORE...]

Some Swedish money soon to be rendered worthless

Swedish banks were expecting an extra influx of customers this week, including many … [READ MORE...]

Police break up brawls in Oslo

Two major brawls on opposites sides of the city broke out in Oslo Sunday night, one at … [READ MORE...]

Opera selling off costumes

The Norwegian Opera & Ballet, which has been struggling financially, found a way to … [READ MORE...]

Vinmonopolet workers threaten to strike

Norwegians may find themselves unable to buy wine and liquor next month, if employees at … [READ MORE...]

Tall Ships winner proudly sails home

A Norwegian sailing vessel won the top prize in the annual Tall Ships Races once again, … [READ MORE...]

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Some even darker clouds have been settling over Norway's once-booming oil capital of Stavanger. Next week the city will host another large Offshore Northern Seas conference, and that will help generate business, but thousands of laid-off oil workers are still suffering. PHOTO: newsinenglish.no/Nina Berglund

Pain of job losses acute in Stavanger

Two years after the oil and offshore industry seriously started slashing jobs, the sharp pain of job losses is now really striking many of those out of work and their families. Unemployment benefits are … [READ MORE]