Norway may be a small country but it generates a lot of news that we think should also get out to non-Norwegians who can’t understand Norwegian media. The country’s spectacular scenery and Norwegians’ penchant for lively debate also make for a lot of different views, both in the form of photos and commentary, which we think should be shared with the rest of the world as well.
That’s the idea behind this web site, newsinenglish.no (Views and News from Norway). Our goal is to reflect the news scene in Norway, to report what the locals are talking and arguing about, and to serve up plenty of photos, too. We’re a news site, a medium for sharing the top stories being reported by Norwegian news media, and stories that may be of special interest to a foreign audience.
We aimed to pick up where Oslo-based news organization Aftenposten left off when it shut down its own English-language Norwegian news service in a cost-cutting move in the fall of 2008. The California-born editor of this site was among those who helped found Aftenposten’s service, and saw the demand for Norwegian news in English as traffic grew.
There’s more demand than ever now, given all the new immigrants to Norway, foreign workers and students, visiting professors and consultants, diplomats and tourists. They may not be able to read the local papers and web sites, or understand local radio and TV, but they’d probably like to follow what’s going on in their country of residence. We try to decipher the headlines and offer some perspective of our own.
We also write for the millions of Norwegian-Americans and descendants of Norwegian immigrants in other countries, who feel strong personal ties to Norway, and the thousands of others living all over the world who have an interest in Norway.
Our goal is to help all our readers keep up with the Norwegians, and follow along with life in this vibrant if often chilly country in the far north. No matter how small it may be.
Editor, Views and News from Norway
Nina’s News from Norway, Oslo
Norwegian organization # 993 326 828MVA
About the Editor:
Nina Berglund grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, near Chicago. She worked for the Tucson Citizen in Arizona, the Oakland Tribune in California and was on the start-up team for USA TODAY in Washington DC before joining the statewide morning daily in Hawaii, the Honolulu Advertiser. She also was a reporter and business news anchor for the ABC-TV affiliate in Honolulu, KITV, before moving to Oslo in 1989. After studying Norwegian at the University of Oslo, she spent eight years as deputy editor of the Oslo-based international shipping newspaper TradeWinds, put out by the owners of financial daily Dagens Næringsliv, before joining the online edition of Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten in 1999. When not writing or editing, she spends as much time as possible hiking and skiing in the hills around Oslo.
Meet our Contributing Editor:
Emily Woodgate began writing articles for newsinenglish.no last autumn and is now a Contributing Editor, covering and following Norway’s news from an Australian perspective. Woodgate hails from Tasmania and is a graduate of the University of Tasmania with a degree in journalism, media and communications and a Bachelor of Law with Honours. She worked as a TV and radio journalist for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation before moving to Norway. She’s also been teaching business English to HR professionals in Oslo, freelances for various media outlets in Australia and spends much of her free time skiing in the mountains.
To our readers:
We encourage you to “sound off” about what’s happening in Norway or to offer your own thoughts on life as a foreigner in Norway, if you happen to be one. Please use our comment windows where you can share your views.