Norwegian employees sent from their Oslo offices here at the foreign ministry (Utenriksdepartementet, UD) to work at Norway's embassies and consulates abroad have much better pay and benefits than workers hired locally. Now UD is facing a rising chorus of discontent from locally employed staff. PHOTO: Utenriksdepartementet

UD faces claims of discrimination

Staff employed locally at Norwegian embassies around the world, all run by Norway's foreign ministry (Utenriksdepartementet, UD), claim they're often treated quite differently than the diplomats and staff sent … [READ MORE...]

Judge’s home burns down, arson feared

The family of a judge in Hamar is under special protection after their home was destroyed in a fire that police believe was set by an arsonist, local newspaper Hamar Dagblad - Østlendingen reported. The … [READ MORE...]

Norway's women's national football team ended up winning Thursday's semi-final at the European Championships and will now face Germany once again at the finals on Sunday. PHOTO: NRK screen grab/

Norway ready for Euro 2013 final

Norway’s female football stars beat Denmark's national team in a dramatic semi-final on Thursday night, securing a ticket for the final against Germany this weekend. Their success in the European … [READ MORE...]

More foreign aid abuse revealed

The Norwegian government has paid out tens of billions of kroner to fund foreign aid projects around the world since 2007. A new report found irregularities or malpractice in fully half the projects funded with … [READ MORE...]

The low numbers of returning salmon in the Trondheimsfjord is especially worrisome, according to officials at the Norwegian Environment Agency, promting them to impose "extraordinary" regulations on wild salmon fishing. PHOTO: Miljødirektoratet/Kristian B. Rian

Wild salmon fishing restricted

Concerns over low wild salmon stocks have prompted state officials to regulate fishing from the end of this week in several rivers and areas along the Norwegian coast. They want to ensure that as many female … [READ MORE...]

Hot, dry weather sparks campfire ban

All it took was two weeks with no rain for the forests around Oslo to get so dry that local fire authorities decided to ban any sort of campfire in the Norwegian capital's surrounding areas known as marka. … [READ MORE...]

Marte Dalelv was hoping to obtain an exit visa on Tuesday and travel home to Norway on Wednesday. Her passport was returned to her on Monday, ending a nightmare that began during a business trip to Dubai in March. PHOTO: ReleaseMarte campaign

Dubai rape victim returns to Norway

UPDATED: Marte Deborah Dalelv, the young Norwegian woman who was jailed in Dubai after she'd reported being raped there, finally came home to Norway on Wednesday. She now admits she made an "incredibly stupid" … [READ MORE...]


Joachim Rønning (left), Espen Sandberg

‘Kon-Tiki’ directors may join Academy

The Norwegian director duo best known for their most recent film Kon-Tiki have … [READ MORE...]

Haakon, Mette-Marit

Royal tent party raised eyebrows

UPDATED: Crown Prince Haakon, who turned 40 on Saturday by parachuting into his … [READ MORE...]

Queen Sonja

Queen’s art sells well

Queen Sonja opened her first separate exhibition of her own art at a gallery in … [READ MORE...]


Eurovision winner back home again

Margaret Berger, who represented Norway in this year's Eurovision Song Contest, … [READ MORE...]


Statoil signals cost cuts

Norwegian state oil company Statoil is poised for another round of cost-cutting after … [READ MORE...]

New West Coast murder case unfolds

Police in Bergen announced Thursday that they'd filed murder charges against two women … [READ MORE...]

Good season for wild berries

Forests all over Norway are expected to yield a bumper berry crop this year, according to … [READ MORE...]

Six fires in 12 hours

Oslo's fire brigade had a challenging Tuesday with a total of six fires breaking out in … [READ MORE...]

Car crashes into a store

Two people who had failed to stop at a police checkpoint were taken to hospital after … [READ MORE...]

Regulator slaps top Oslo restaurant

Oslo’s top Maaemo restaurant which has two stars in the Michelin guide did not impress … [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]