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...]

Wealthy businessman and art collector Stein Erik Hagen finally met with Linda Hofstad Helleland, Norway's government minister in charge of cultural issues. Drama has swirled around whether Hagen will lend his art to the Natonal Museum, and whether that's contingent on the National Gallery remaining open as an art museum to display it. PHOTO: Kulturdepartementet/Wenche Nybo

Drama rolls over collector’s art

Wealthy investor and businessman Stein Erik Hagen wants to share his vast private art collection with the public, and the state wants access to it. That's about all they agree on, though. Hagen finally met with … [READ MORE]

Military exercises will continue in Northern Norway, like here in Finnmark, but reorganization plans call for the controversial shutdown of several bases and operations. PHOTO: Forsvaret/Frederik Ringnes

Northerners fight for military bases

Critics of government plans to restructure and relocate military operations in Northern Norway were trooping into an open hearing at the Parliament this week, bound and determined to preserve bases and the … [READ MORE]

Registered hate crimes rise in Norway

A Palestinian family has fled a small town in Southern Norway after facing death threats and attempted break-ins at their home. A Norwegian man was recently convicted for spreading hateful comments on social … [READ MORE]

fertilizer bags

Yara’s convicted bosses back in court

Four men who served for many years as top management at Norway's state-controlled fertilizer company Yara were back in an Oslo courtroom on Tuesday. They're all trying to reverse their corruption convictions, … [READ MORE]

The heroine in The Lion Woman is played by three different actresses, here Mathilde Hummervoll Storm. PHOTO: Nordisk film Distribusjon/ Filmkameratene

‘Lion Woman’ film breaks new ground

A new Norwegian film debuted over the weekend at the Haugesund Film Festival, with pre-release hype that is already sending it to cinemas in at least 40 countries. Reviews were mixed for "Løvekvinnen" (The … [READ MORE]

Norwegian athletes put on a mostly disappointing performance at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, which ended over the weekend. PHOTO: Wikipedia

‘Worst’ Olympics for Norway in 52 years

With only four medals and none of them in gold or silver, Norwegian athletes chalked up their worst Olympic performance in Rio de Janeiro since the summer games in Tokyo in 1964. Promises that Norway would do … [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...]


Hectic week for Norway’s Kygo

Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll, better known as Kygo, was heading into an unforgettable … [READ MORE...]

Filip_Ingebrigtsen (1)

Runner regrets being a bully

Filip Ingebrigtsen, part of a sports-minded and highly competitive Norwegian … [READ MORE...]


Mosques face pressure to have more women on boards

Norway has strict laws demanding that women make up at least 40 percent of all boards of … [READ MORE...]

Sundby’s appeal branded as ‘useless’

Experienced atheletes' attorneys told state broadcaster NRK that it's all but impossible … [READ MORE...]

Politician meets protests over Pokemon pursuit

"Disrespectful" is how one politician from Northern Norway reacted to how a Member of … [READ MORE...]

Prime Minister keen on ‘Pokemon Go’

Prime Minister Erna Solberg is known for enjoying computer games, and was hooked on Candy … [READ MORE...]

Fashion designers ready for Oslo Runway

Models for a total of 19 Norwegian fashion designers were ready to strut their stuff at … [READ MORE...]

Emergency crews rescue more tourists in trouble

The ever-growing popularity of Norway's most unique scenery and rocky mountaintops has set … [READ MORE...]


The left-center side of Norwegian politics is keen to win government power away from the current conservative coalition, and debate was lively in Arendal Thursday night. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) carried the debate live, from a packed auditorium in Arendal. From right: Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre, Center Party leader Trygve Slagsvold Vedum, Socialist Left leader Audun Lysbakken and (partially hidden) Une Bastholm of the Greens. PHOTO: NRK screen grab/

New political alliances forming

NEWS ANALYSIS: State broadcaster NRK's lively debate in Arendal Thursday night among the leaders of Norway's major political parties confirmed that next year's national election campaign is already … [READ MORE]