Norway and Russia ‘re-adjust’ border

The border elsewhere, like here at Grense Jakobselv, extends over rivers and marshes that have changed over the years, making it necessary to re-map them. PHOTO: Wikipedia

Russian survey crews have been out gathering data this summer that will be used to “re-adjust” parts of their northern border with Norway that literally have washed away in recent decades. After more than a year of diplomatic tension between Russia and Norway, the border definition project appears to be proceeding agreeably. It’s the first time since 1947 that the border […]

Storm warnings posted as rains move in

It was as if Norway’s state meteorologic institute was rubbing salt into the wounds of Norwegians who’ve been shivering and getting soaked through their coldest summer in years: Wednesday, according to the meteorologists, was due to be one of the wettest days of the year as well. “It’s going to be very wet,” Vibeke Tynnes, the […]

Protests fly over ‘wild camping’

Ticks have now been documented as far north as Lofoten, and at elevations of nearly 600 meters. PHOTO: Wikipedia Commons

Norwegians are calling it “wild camping” this summer, to describe cases where tourists park their motor homes or set up tents in places where they can avoid fees and use facilities for free. Campers spotted in graveyards on scenic Lofoten have set off protests from residents and the tourist industry alike. “It’s downright audacious and utterly lacking […]

Tourists exploit campgrounds

Atlanterhavsveien, a road and bridges connecting islands along the coast of Nordmøre south of Kristiansund, has long been a tourist attraction. Tourists in camping vans, however, don't seem willing to pay for parking accommodation along the way. PHOTO: Wikipedia Commons

Campground owners along the scenic highway Atlanterhavsveien on Norway’s northwest coast are frustrated by the numbers of tourists driving expensive motor homes who pull in, use their facilities and then drive off again, in search of free accommodation elsewhere. Now a call is going out to impose high parking fees along the popular coastal highway, to prevent tbe camping van drivers […]

Solberg to name new security chief

PHOTO: Statsministerenskontor

Prime Minister Erna Solberg aims to improve Norway’s security and preparedness by setting up an entirely new national security entity within her office, staffed by experts from the military, the justice ministry and the foreign ministry. A new security chief is set to be named this fall. “We have seen the need for better coordination of the […]

New bishop won’t wed homosexuals

PHOTO: Den Norske Kirken

Per Arne Dahl, the newest of Oslo’s 12 bishops, finally took a stand Monday on whether he’d perform same-sex marriage ceremonies. Dahl, long a celebrity clergyman through Norwegian media, chose to make his position known in his area’s local newspaper in Tønsberg, and said he would not. “It’s nothing new that I stand for the classic […]

Three found dead in border lake

The area east of Lake Femund, seen hear from its southernmost end, is known for its unspoiled wilderness, hills and many lakes that also are cold in the summertime. PHOTO:

Two Danish men and the six-year-old son of one of them have been found dead, floating in a remote lake just over the border of the Femund wilderness area that extends from central Norway into Sweden. Their canoe capsized in the chilly waters of Lake Rogen while they were out fishing. News service Rørosnytt reported that their canoe overturned […]

‘Natural end’ for ‘Lilyhammer’

US actor and musician Steven Van Zandt will be back on the air in Norway this week, when the second season of the hit show "Lilyhammer" premieres Wednesday evening. PHOTO: NRK

Streaming giant Netflix confirmed on Thursday that it won’t be involved in any more episodes of the popular TV series ‘Lilyhammer’ starring Steven Van Zandt. The series was produced and launched in Norway but later became an international hit. A Netflix spokesman confirmed to newspaper VG that the third and last season of the series, which starred […]

Liberals support dual citizenship

A computerized citizenship blunder doesn't mean foreigners who left Norway between 1960 and 1975 can get passports, even though they were incorrectly classified as being Norwegian. PHOTO: Views and News

Norway’s Liberal Party (Venstre), one of the government’s two support parties in Parliament, wants to make it easier for foreigners who have settled in Norway to become Norwegian citizens while retaining their original citizenship. Dual citizenship would also be welcomed by native Norwegians who were forced to give up their Norwegian passports when they settled abroad. At […]

Storm blows over festival sponsors

As Norway’s summer music festival season reaches a crescendo, debate over their funding has hit a high note. Some artists have refused to be associated with various sponsors, and the festivals have been criticized for failing to be more selective and open about their financing. Newspaper Dagsavisen has run a series of articles about conflicts within the […]