Truck driver charged in tunnel fire

The Polish driver of a truck that set off a major fire inside a long tunnel in western Norway on Monday has been formally charged with negligence in the case. Police claim his truck was overheated and smoking … [READ MORE...]

Crews worked feverishly to finish rigging up the venue for this year's Øya Festival. On Wednesday, the sun came out and the party began. PHOTO: Øya Festivalen/Facebook

Festivals wind down on high note

Norway's dizzying summer season of music and cultural festivals was starting to wind down this week, but with one of the biggest and most successful of them all. After months of hype and preparations, the … [READ MORE...]

Norway's tourism industry has viewed visitors from China as a new growth market, with Chinese tourists often seen in Oslo's Frogner Park. PHOTO: Views and News

Chinese tourists help melt freeze

A feared tourism boycott of Norway by Chinese tourists seems to have faded away. Their overnight stays were up by 50 percent in June alone, while the foreign ministry also has noted "positive signals" in … [READ MORE...]

Three fires spark arson suspicions

Firefighters in the coastal city of Tønsberg suspect arson after alarms rang for three separate fires in the middle of night, all of them in the same waterfront area. Several residents of one building had to … [READ MORE...]

Arendal, an historic town on Norway's southern coast, will be hosting most of the movers and shakers in Norway for the next week, when top politicians and business leaders get together for the second annual "Arendalsuka." PHOTO:

Election campaign heads to Arendal

Top politicians from all of Norway's political parties will be showing up in the scenic coastal town of Arendal from Wednesday, when the second "political meeting place" called "Arendalsuka" gets underway. … [READ MORE...]

Gustav Vigeland's iconic statue of an angry little boy has recently developed a shiny left hand, because so many tourists have been holding it. PHOTO:

Too many hands on ‘Sinnataggen’

The popular statue of an angry little boy in Oslo's Frogner Park, called "Sinnataggen," is suddenly showing signs of being a bit too popular this summer. Tourists keep holding its hand, and that's causing … [READ MORE...]

Norway has lots of tunnels all over the country, and hundreds of the older ones are in need of improvements. PHOTO:

Hundreds of tunnels need renovation

A dramatic fire inside one of Norway's many tunnels on Monday points up the need to upgrade hundreds of them, officials have confirmed. A divisional director at the state highway department (Statens … [READ MORE...]


Ivar Aasen had a major impact on the Norwegian language, contended his supporters on the bicentennial Monday of his birth. PHOTO: Wikipedia

Language creator hailed and decried

Ivar Aasen would have been 200 years old on Monday, and his bicentennial was … [READ MORE...]


Petrenko takes on Philharmonic

The Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra is finally about to officially take on the young … [READ MORE...]


Police charge Høyre politician

Tor Johannes Helleland, the Conservatives (Høyre) politician who hacked his way … [READ MORE...]

Thor Hushovd

Cyclist Hushovd vindicated again

Thor Hushovd, the veteran Norwegian cyclist, could once again savour a sweet … [READ MORE...]


Police arrest pistol-wielding man

Police sent out a notice on the social media site Twitter Wednesday afternoon that they'd … [READ MORE...]

Tunnel fire injures 70

Hospitals all over western Norway were taking in persons caught in a dramatic fire in the … [READ MORE...]

Store opening hours enter campaign debate

City leaders in the Conservative-run cities of Oslo and Bergen want to allow stores to … [READ MORE...]

Norseman triathlon drew 226

This year's Norseman Xtreme Triathlon attracted 226 participants who subjected themselves … [READ MORE...]

Three stabbed in Bergen

Police in Bergen launched a major manhunt during the night after three persons were … [READ MORE...]

Prison officials move Breivik

Norwegian prison officials have decided to temporarily move mass murderer Anders Behring … [READ MORE...]


Street art lives on in Arctic township

PHOTO SERIES: Some might see the northern Norwegian township of Vardø as an Arctic outpost. Last summer, a group of 12 street artists saw Vardø as their canvas and fanned out around the proud but dilapidated … [READ MORE]