Duck and cover! Donald hits Oslo

Calls for even more diversity at the international football tournament Norway Cup this week were at least fictionally met with the arrival of the world’s most famous ducks. A recent issue of Donald Duck & Co, a comic book more popular in Norway than almost anywhere else, features Donald Duck and his triplet nephews’ debut […]

Maritime village preserves its past

PHOTO FEATURE: Norway’s maritime heritage can be seen all along its vast coastline from north to south, but some places stand out. Among them is the small town of Skudeneshavn, once known for its fleet of sailing ships and ferry port, and now for its scores of well-preserved white wooden houses, some of which take […]

Norway’s beaches grab new attention

PHOTO FEATURE: In a country best known for mountains, fjords and usually cold weather, Norway’s beaches can often be overlooked. The country’s long coastline offers some real gems, though, tucked in between all its rocky cliffs and headlands. This summer’s recent heat wave is suddenly bringing them some new attention. Norwegian media have been reporting […]

Hot, dry weather ‘isn’t fun anymore’

Summer arrived in May in Southern Norway, and its record high temperatures have stuck around ever since. The initial joy of blue skies and sunshine, day after day, now seems to be wearing off, replaced by complaints and concerns over a drought that’s affecting more than just the farmers. “What’s more wonderful than swimming, sunbathing […]

National Museum turns on the charm

PHOTO FEATURE: Norway’s new National Museum is rising on Oslo’s western waterfront, and attracting some unusually harsh criticism two years before it even opens. Museum staff and state officials met the critics with a charm offensive, though, and offered the public a peek at what’s going on behind its new brick walls. “It’s incomprehensible that […]

National Gallery highlights a ‘pioneer’

With renewed political support and the largest exhibition ever of multi-talented, pioneering Norwegian artist Gerhard Munthe, Norway’s National Gallery in Oslo is poised for another busy summer season. Busloads of tourists were already pouring into the museum on Wednesday, even before the Munthe exhibition debuts this weekend. The official opening is set for Thursday evening. […]

Crash site memorial offers a shady oasis

PHOTO FEATURE: Jets still fly every day over the site of a wartime plane crash in 1945 that tragically killed British liberators just before they were due to land themselves at what’s now Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen. They came to help ensure the unconditional surrender of Nazi German forces, and now a memorial to […]

Norwegians think their culture is best

Just two weeks after Norway’s annual display of enthusiastic patriotism comes news that a majority of Norwegians think their own culture is better than that of other countries. Norway was the only country of 15 Western European nations polled where more than half suggested cultural superiority. It was newspaper Vårt Land (Our Country), perhaps not […]

Warm receptions at Kistefos’ opening

PHOTO FEATURE: The weather was unusually warm on Sunday when Norwegian industrialist and philanthropist Christen Sveaas could finally welcome a government minister in charge of culture to the outdoor and ever-growing Kistefos-Museum he’s created in Jevnaker. Judging by the large turnout, accolades and applause at Kistefos’ season opener, the public’s reception of this summer’s exhibit […]

Visitors flock to North Sea island

UTSIRA: Hundreds of thousands of Norwegians made the best of the country’s last long public holiday weekend until Christmas, and were able to enjoy lots of sunshine and unusually warm temperatures before heading back to work. On this windswept island in the North Sea, cars and people literally burst off the ferry from the mainland […]