One of the deadliest winters in years

Topptur at Tyin

The tragic discovery of four bodies on Wednesday morning took the avalanche death toll to nine this winter. The 2013/14 winter has been one of the deadliest in 30 years, and experts said the avalanche danger remained high throughout Norway heading into the Easter break.  The four men were killed in a huge avalanche in […]

Norwegians speak faster, less clearly

No, it's not a large Kraftverk concert, rather all the leaders of Norway's seven largest political parties gathered for their first major debate of the election campaign on Monday night. Their constant maneuvering for government power has all but clouded the actual issues at hand, and voters can't be sure which parties will eventually form a government. PHOTO: screen grab

Linguists investigating the development of the Norwegian language have found that more Norwegians are speaking faster and less clearly than ever. That’s bad news for newcomers to Norway who already may be struggling to learn and comprehend the local language. Experts agreed that young Norwegians, particularly women, appear to speak faster than in earlier decades, […]

Thommessen’s tax haven tangle

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UPDATED: The Chief Minister of Guernsey said he’d contact the President of Norway’s Parliament (Stortinget), Olemic Thommessen, after Thommessen went public with his 10-year private battle to access a trust on the Channel Island. It’s highly unusual, and potentially scandalous, for a top Norwegian politician to be involved with a trust in a so-called tax […]

Oilers hockey club ‘living the dream’

The Stavanger Oilers beat Vålerenga on Mnday to once again win the national hockey championship on Monday. Here, player Mathias Trettenes in a duel with Jonte Berg. PHOTO: Carina Johansen / NTB Scanpix

Backed by cheering fans and pumped up by profits from their still-new arena in Norway’s oil capital, the Stavanger Oilers hockey club claimed their third national championship in a row on Monday night. Rival Oslo club Vålerenga was deeply disappointed, while the Oilers are “living the dream” of all hockey clubs in the country. It […]

Aker wins major Angola contract

An Aker Solutions subsea field layout, delivered to Statoil's Åsgard development on the Norwegian continental shelf. Under its NOK 14 billion contract with Total, Aker Solutions will provide 20 subsea manifolds and PHOTO: Aker Solutions

Norwegian engineering company Aker Solutions announced it had won a “landmark” contract in a message to the stock exchange on Tuesday. The contract to supply subsea systems to a project in Angola run by French oil and gas company Total is worth NOK 14 billion (USD 2.3 billion), but came just days after Norwegian politicians […]

Brende fears Ukraine bloodbath

Utenriksminister Børge Brende på Maidan-plassen i Kiev 6. mars 2014. Foto: A. Versto, UD

Foreign Minister Børge Brende fears the escalating tensions in eastern Ukraine could develop into full-scale war. He said tougher sanctions against Russia may be needed, while other Norwegian politicians called for a halt to oil exploration work near the border that could potentially benefit Russia. “I fear that we can face the same situation as […]

International students lured home


A growing number of young Norwegians are studying abroad every year, but despite setting out with plans to establish international careers, the majority end up returning to Norway. Researchers suspect tough job markets, visa difficulties, poor work/life balance and fewer benefits draw young Norwegians back home again. In 2012-2013, one in 10 Norwegian students was […]

Telenor slashes Norwegian jobs

The Thai dance troupe waved Thai and Norwegian flags when their performance ended. PHOTO: Berglund

Telenor, the Norwegian international telecommunications giant, slashed almost 850 jobs throughout spring. Unions accused Telenor of “social dumping” by outsourcing work to cheaper Asian markets, but the company argued it had to restructure to stay competitive. Last month the partially state-owned company said it needed to cut 450 full time equivalent positions from its Norwegian […]

Begging bans could be in by summer

There aren't as many Roma beggars in Oslo as expected this summer, but more are turning up in smaller towns around the country. PHOTO:

Controversial plans to give individual municipalities the power to ban begging could be underway by summer, if the government secures a majority vote in parliament. A new survey showed widespread public support for the bans, but others argued it was wrong to prohibit asking for help, and it could actually drive up crime. Last month […]

Utøya victim fights for compensation

Fresh flowers, new flags and mementos are still being left at this site across from Utøya, where 69 persons were killed and hundreds more injured and traumatized last summer. PHOTO: Views and News

A man in his 20s who was shot several times during the July 22, 2011 terror attacks on Utøya has appealed a decision by the Office of Criminal Injuries Compensation (Kontoret for voldsoffererstatning), after he was awarded one-fifth of the amount he applied for. The office has paid out more than NOK 263 million (USD […]