Landmark hotel finishing facelift

Hotel Continental is one of the few Norwegian hotels to make it into some top international rankings. It's not included, however, in the new hotel booking system just launched by Innovation Norway. PHOTO: Views and News

Oslo’s venerable Hotel Continental is in the process of reopening luxurious accommodation in the heart of Norway’s capital, after a NOK 400 million renovation project. As its new rooms continue to open this month, hotel owner Elisabeth Brochmann shared some insight into unusual requests from high-profile guests over the years. Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones, […]

Sales fall for southern holidays

Norway’s unusually warm weather this past summer is being blamed for a marked decline in sales of so-called “package tours” to southern climes. Tour operators also blame tough competition from low-fare airlines like Norwegian and RyanAir. Star Tour, Apollo and Ving are among tour operators reporting lower sales, also for next summer. Apollo admitted that […]

Danes buy Get cable TV firm

Norway’s major cable TV firm Get has been purchased by TDC of Denmark, making it Scandinavia’s largest cable television company. TDC is paying nearly NOK 14 billion (USD 2.3 billion) for Get. “The purchase of Get is TDC’s biggest and most important investment for many years,” said TDC boss Carsten Dilling. “We’ve been waiting for […]

Lime defendant collapses at court

A man in his 70s who’s one of 20 fraud defendants following a raid on his family’s Lime grocery store chain collapsed outside the local court in Lillestrøm, northeast of Oslo, on Thursday. He’s among those charged with serious fraud, human trafficking and tax evasion, among other crimes. Police and a wide range of state agencies […]

Food fair promotes Norwegian fare

Striking teachers have been holding rallies around the country, like here in Lillestrøm, northeast of Oslo. PHOTO: Utdanningsforbundet

Organizers were expecting as many as 200,000 hungry people to wander around this year’s expanded edition of Norway’s largest outdoor food fair known as Matstreif. The annual event, first held in Oslo in 2005, shows just how far upscale Norwegian food has come in terms of being trendy and popular as well as pricey. Norwegian […]

Duty-free workers go on strike

Travelers through Norwegian airports in Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim and Sandefjord may face long lines at the check-out counters at duty-free retailers, after 311 members of airport retail unions went out on strike Monday afternoon. They were ordered to walk off the job at midnight. Representatives for the employers’ organization Virke and the airport retailers’ labour […]

China’s salmon ban reels in the industry

China is following Russia in banning imports of Norwegian salmon, meaning Norway's huge salmon industry needs to find new export markets for its fish. PHOTO: Nærings- og fiskeridepartmentet

First Russia banned Norwegian salmon, and now China’s decision to do the same is being branded as “extremely unfortunate.” The latest ban on Norwegian salmon, which follows a political standoff with Russia and nearly four years of a diplomatic freeze with China, will cost both time and money for Norwegian salmon exporters. “You can say that the […]

Slimmed-down OL raises new gripes

Oslo will present the state government with a dramatically cut budget alternative for a Winter Olympics in 2022, but doesn't recommend it. PHOTO: Oslo2022/Snøhetta Oslo AS

Oslo’s Olympic committee unveiled details of their 11th-hour alternative plan for a slimmed-down Winter Olympics in 2022 on Thursday, cutting its budget by nearly a third. They hoped to generate more public support for an Olympics, but wound up fending off more opposition and don’t support the alternative themselves. The biggest cut involves dropping plans to build […]

Top restaurant closes in Oslo

Bagatelle, Norway’s first restaurant to ever win two stars in the Michelin Guide, has closed its doors after losing millions in recent years despite its high menu prices. Owner Christen Sveaas, who saved the restaurant from bankruptcy in 1996, called the closure “very sad.” Sveaas, a wealthy investor with a keen interest in gourmet food and wine, has been […]

US delays decision on Norwegian Air

One of Norwegian Air's new Boeing 787 Dreamliners, at London's Gatwick Airport. PHOTO: Norwegian

UPDATED: The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has extended its already lengthy evaluation of Norwegian Air International’s application for a permanent license to operate long-distance flights between Europe and the US using Asian crews on board. The extension may delay a decision on Norwegian’s controversial application by another six months. Norwegian has been operating its trans-Atlantic flights from Oslo, Stockholm […]