Coop was cooking up something extra indeed this week, with Rema 1000. PHOTO: Coop Norge

Rema 1000 and Coop join forces

Two of Norway's grocery store chains announced on Friday that they were teaming up through a new joint purchasing agreement, in an effort to protect themselves from a similar and highly contested deal hatched … [READ MORE...]

It's up to Norges Bank to decide what's printed on Norwegian currency. PHOTO: Views and News

Norway’s currency may take a dive

A highly respected currency expert at Japanese securities firm Nomura in New York has issued a few warnings about the future value of the Norwegian currency, the krone. Jens Nordvig, originally from Denmark, … [READ MORE]

As head of Innovation Norway, Gunn Ovesen was considered one of the country's most powerful women in business. She's shown here, in red, with the chief executive of Norway's biggest bank, Rune Bjerke (left), and another leading businesswoman, Berit Kjoll. PHOTO: Nærings- og handels departementet

Innovation boss set to lose her job

Gunn Ovesen, who has headed the state agency Innovation Norway for the past decade, is abruptly the leaving the organization that made her one of Norway's most high-profile business leaders inside and outside … [READ MORE]

Kai Eide

Envoy aims to ‘get French out’ of jail

Norway's special envoy to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kai Eide, said after his arrival there this week that his primary mission is to get 33-year-old Norwegian citizen Joshua French out of the Congolese … [READ MORE]

Storm cut power, phones to thousands

At least 20,000 homes remained without power Friday morning after the extreme weather system called "Ivar" blew in over central Norway on Thursday. The storm knocked down trees over power and telephone lines … [READ MORE]

The Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, shown here in a self-portrait, has been the subject of a year of festivity, with more events to come. PHOTO: Munch Museum

Munch jubilee ends on a high note

Thursday December 12 would have been Edvard Munch's 150th birthday, and it was being celebrated near the farm where the famed Norwegian artist was born in Løten, Hedmark County. The festivities ended a jubilee … [READ MORE]

Children sent home as storm blows in

Schools and day care centers were sending children home early in Kristiansund on Thursday as another extreme weather system, this one named 'Ivar,' blew in from the North Sea. Residents of central Norway were … [READ MORE]

PHOTO: NRK screen grab/newsinenglish.no

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]

PEOPLE

Magnus Carlsen

Carlsen up for more prizes, but not all

UPDATED: Magnus Carlsen is now the reigning world champion in chess but that … [READ MORE...]

Mette-Marit

Crown princess goes back to work

UPDATED: Norway's Crown Princess Mette-Marit is slowly easing back into official … [READ MORE...]

Mette Nord

New union boss to pose challenges

Mette Nord, the woman recently elected to lead Norway's largest labour union, … [READ MORE...]

Erna Solberg

Erna finally more popular than Jens

Former Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg was a hard act to follow for successor … [READ MORE...]

NEWS IN BRIEF

‘Handicap cards’ stolen and sold

Police in Oslo report that the special cards issued to drivers eligible to park in spaces … [READ MORE...]

Metal band does well in US

The Norwegian metal band Kvelertak, which literally means the act of grabbing someone by … [READ MORE...]

Sick leave sinks to record low

The number of Norwegians calling in sick hasn't been lower since the state launched … [READ MORE...]

More pay for household help

The portion of Norwegian households that pay for help to keep the house clean has tripled … [READ MORE...]

Time running out for Norwegian Air

Low-fare airline Norwegian still doesn't have the Irish airline license it needs to keep … [READ MORE...]

Robbers wake sleeping family

A young man who answered a knock on the door of his family's home in Stange, Hedmark … [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]