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Debate flies over Thon’s foundation

Real estate magnate Olav Thon has suddenly become the subject of debate in Norway over whether he's the country's most generous Santa Claus or its biggest Scrooge. Just days after announcing that he was placing … [READ MORE...]

Kai Eide, the former head of the UN's Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, will now address what are seen as stunning new murder charges against a Norwegian prisoner in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and try to arrange for his transfer to a Norwegian prison. PHOTO: UNAMA

Top diplomat Eide heads for Congo

Kai Eide, a veteran Norwegian diplomat and former UN Special Envoy, was due to arrive in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday, to carry on negotiations over the imprisonment of young Norwegian Joshua … [READ MORE]

Prosecutors fight early prison release

Kjell Aldrich Schumann, who had a long criminal record before he was convicted as a mastermind of Norway's largest currency heist ever, claimed in a Trondheim courtroom this week that he's "a new person" now … [READ MORE]

Crown Princess Mette-Marit made her first public appearance in more than two months on Wednesday, when she took part in a conversation about women's health with Tore Godal of the prime minister's office. PHOTO: NORAD/Espen Røst

Crown princess goes back to work

UPDATED: Norway's Crown Princess Mette-Marit is slowly easing back into official duties, after being sidelined with a herniated disc in her neck since October. Mette-Marit underwent a neck operation last month, … [READ MORE]

Somalis face prejudice and exclusion

A new report into Somali integration in Oslo has found immigrants from the east African nation often feel excluded from Norwegian society, and must battle against prejudice and stereotyping. School absenteeism … [READ MORE]

The British singer Morrissey, known for being outspoken, was among the performers booked for this year's Nobel Concert Wednesday evening. PHOTO: Nobel Peace Prize Concert/Shirlaine Forrest

Nobel concert hunts for new sponsors

Wednesday night's Nobel Peace Prize Concert, with outspoken British singer Morrissey among its cast of entertainers, was due to be shorter this year with a reduced line-up of performers. The loss of its major … [READ MORE]

Heavy fog, slick roads disrupt traffic

A thick and unrelenting fog that settled over much of Norway's southern coast and low-lying inland areas on Wednesday was causing airline traffic delays, while slippery roads were challenging motorists. … [READ MORE]

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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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...]

NEWS IN BRIEF

‘Handball girls’ dominate again

Norwegian handball fans are really having a ball again this month, as the World … [READ MORE...]

New Norwegian fox grabs spotlight

A video showing an unlikely friendship between a Norwegian dog and a wild fox has gone … [READ MORE...]

Ethnic Norwegian population drops

New statistics show there are almost 4,500 fewer ethnic Norwegians in the country than … [READ MORE...]

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...]

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]