‘Norge Rundt’ celebrates 40 years on the air

One of Norway’s best-loved TV programs, Norge Rundt (Around Norway), was celebrating its 40th anniversary on the air this week. State broadcaster NRK was due to air a special two-hour show Friday evening, promising highlights from the series and lots of nostalgia. “Norge Rundt represents Norwegian cultural history itself, and 40 years of the joy of […]

Jon Fosse wins German honour

Acclaimed author and playwright Jon Fosse has won the 2016 Willy Brandt award for his work to promote relations between Norway and Germany, the German Embassy in Oslo said in a press release on Friday. Fosse’s work has been widely translated to German. He shared the prize with translator Julia Stöber, a professional translator and […]

Shell to cut 140 jobs in Norway

Major Dutch oil company Shell has become the latest to cut more jobs in Norway. Around 140 positions will disappear and all employees are being given an opportunity to resign voluntarily in return for severance pay. State broadcaster NRK reported that employees at all of Shell’s divisions in Norway were informed of the looming job […]

Islamist charged with terror recruitment

Ubaydullah Hussain, an Oslo-based Islamist best known as the spokesman for a local fundamentalist group, reportedly has been charged with violating a Norwegian law that forbids supporting, taking part in or recruiting members to a terrorist organization. Line Nygård, a prosecutor for police intelligence agency PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste), confirmed to state broadcaster NRK on Monday that PST […]

Opera and ballet set new record

More than 300,000 people attended a performance of the Norwegian Opera & Ballet last year and never have so many watched a ballet. New statistics for 2014 show that attendance set a new record. There were a total of 485 performances both in the Opera House in Oslo and elsewhere when the opera and ballet company […]

Hove festival shut down

The annual Hove music festival in the southern coastal city of Arendal has been one of the summer’s most popular, but it failed to make enough money. Festival leader Terje Stalleland confirmed it won’t be mounted again next year unless other interested parties come forward with a takeover offer. Stalleland confirmed a report in local […]

Norway celebrates songwriter Prøysen

It seems only fitting that the centennial celebration of cherished Norwegian songwriter Alf Prøysen would climax on the day after the country once again mourned victims of the July 22 attacks in 2011. Prøysen was born on July 23 2014, and he was the master of comfort songs. Du ska få en dag i mårå, for example, roughly translates to […]

Eclectic mix for 2014 Moldejazz

The 54th annual Molde International Jazz Festival kicked off this week with a traditional street party through the heart of the central Norwegian city. Organizers were happy with ticket pre-sales, despite the lack of a major international headline artist and mixed responses to the eclectic program. While Jazz star Sidsel Endresen was named the artist in […]

Oslo filmgoers hit by cinema spat

Oslo film lovers are missing out on major blockbusters this summer due to a conflict between cinema chain Oslo Kino and distributor UIP. Oslo Kino’s new owners Egmont Nordisk Film denied it had ordered the chain to demand UIP provide the film rights at a lower price. On Friday, big-budget Hollywood action film Transformers: Age […]

‘Worst culture minister in a long time’

Lauded Norwegian author Torgrim Eggen lashed out against Culture Minister Thorhild Widvey this week, and was highly critical of the Conservative-led government’s cultural policy. Eggen presented his views on the direction of the arts in Norway at the Festival of Literature (Norsk Litteraturfestival) on Wednesday, Scandinavia’s biggest literary event. Eggen’s talk on the Government’s cultural […]