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: 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...]

Breakthrough in Philippine peace talks

Norway's foreign ministry, which has been facilitating talks in Oslo this week for peace in the Philippines, announced a new breakthrough in the lengthy process on Friday. Both sides agreed to sign a … [READ MORE]

Skeive sørlandsdager, pride flags

Anti-gay campaign spreads new fear

Someone is cutting down gay pride flags in Sørlandet (Southern Norway) and hanging up banners urging that the "homo-lobby" be crushed. The banners, at least, are "signed" by a right-wing extremists' … [READ MORE]

Reindeer can often be seen on the road in the northern county of Finnmark, like here north of Alta. PHOTO:

Reindeer giddy over mushrooms

It's early autumn in Norway already, and the forests are full of mushrooms this year, some of them hallucinogenic. They've been discovered by reindeer out grazing, and sometimes getting higher than a … [READ MORE]

Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende (right) and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon applaud a ceasefire signed in Havana earlier this summer between the Colombian government and FARC. Now they've agreed on a peace pact. PHOTO: Utenriksdepartementet/Kristi Enstad

Norway hails new pact in Colombia

Norwegian officials could breathe a sigh of relief on Thursday, after news broke during the night that the government of Colombia had agreed on a peace pact with the militant guerrilla group FARC. The deal … [READ MORE]

The Rygge airport at Moss is served almost entirely by Ryanair, which has come under severe criticism by labour organizations and politicians this week. Now state authorities are vowing a full review of Ryanair's operations in Norway. PHOTO: Moss Lufthavn Rygge

Investors try to keep Rygge airport open

A group of high-profile investors, businessmen and a former defense minister are actively trying to ward off the looming shutdown of commercial airline operations at the Rygge airport south of Moss. They … [READ MORE]

Norwegian government ministers invited business leaders to a "dialogue meeting" this week, on the consequences of Brexit. Interest was high, and business representatives packed an auditorium. PHOTO: Utenriksdepartementet

Brexit briefing drew a large crowd

Norway's government ministers in charge of business, trade, fisheries and EU issues drew a large crowd on Wednesday when they invited Norwegian companies to a briefing on the consequences of Britain's decision … [READ MORE]



Europe’s best: Ronaldo and Hegerberg

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

Stein Erik Hagen

Drama rolls over collector’s art

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

Per Lønning

Norway hails a ‘bishop emeritus’

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


‘Tutta’ wants a baby and Tokyo comeback

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


Opera ready for costume sale

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...]

Unemployment rate rises again

Norway's unemployment rate had stopped rising earlier this year and seemed to have … [READ MORE...]

Man confesses to murdering Norwegian in Berlin

A 39-year-old man confessed in a court in Berlin on Thursday that he had murdered a … [READ MORE...]

Garden party allows the elite to meet

Rain was threatening the grandest of all Norwegian garden parties on Thursday, but those … [READ MORE...]


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: 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]