Russians visit as tensions rise

Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende (left) met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow last month. Bans on Norwegian salmon exports to Russia were on their agenda.  PHOTO: Utenriksdepartementet/Kristin Enstad

NEWS ANALYSIS: While Sweden’s military continued to hunt this week for what many fear could be a Russian submarine in Swedish territorial waters, concerns are rising in Norway over military preparedness in the Arctic. Tensions are high on the eve of a meeting between Norway’s and Russia’s foreign ministers in Norway’s most northern county of Finnmark this […]

Aurland shoes still surviving in style

The classic Aurland shoe, which inspired the American penny loafer, has become a fashion object, selling in a wide variety of colors. PHOTO:

They inspired the American penny loafer and were meant to be practical, locally made shoes. Now the small Aurland Shoe Factory that’s still making them in the scenic fjordside Norwegian town by the same name is celebrating its 75th anniversary, in style. Aurland, located in the mountainous county of Sogn og Fjordane, could once boast fully 19 shoe factories. Today Aurland […]

Ebola doctor now ‘fully recovered’

Dr Silje Lehne Michalsen appeal has made a full recovery from ebola and urged the world to do much, much more to help ebola victims in West Africa. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) carried her first, and apparently only, public appearance live on national TV Monday evening. PHOTO: NRK

Norway’s first and, so far, only ebola patient made a surprise appearance at a press conference in Oslo Monday afternoon, after being released not only from the high-isolation ward where she’d been recovering from the deadly virus but also from the hospital itself. Doctors at Oslo University Hospital Ullevål declared her “completely healthy,” but she had a serious […]

TV charity drive broke all records

Sunday's major annual charity drive in Norway raised NOK 240 million to fund clean water projects in eight countries, to relieve people like those in this photo who must walk miles to obtain water every day. PHOTO Kirkens Nødhjelp/NRK

One person paid just over NOK 100,000 to have lunch with Finance Minister Siv Jensen, with a tour of the finance ministry afterwards. Someone else paid NOK 205,500 for a trip to the remote Arctic Island of Jan Mayen, accessible only by military aircraft. Lots of other unusual bidding and generous giving among the general […]

Artists try to halt Munch museum

This design for the new Munch Museum won an architects' competition, but remains controversial. PHOTO: Herreros Arquitectos

Some of Norway’s most prominent contemporary artists have sudden rallied together at the last minute to try to block construction of Oslo’s long-planned new Munch Museum. They claim, among other things, that the high-rise design of the new museum building is not well-suited to display the huge collection of Edvard Munch’s art that the city inherited […]

Norway mum on submarine alarm

Never before have the Nordic countries cooperated so extensively, claims Defense Minister Espen Barth Eide, especially in Arctic areas. PHOTO: Forsvaret

A Cold War-like drama continued through the weekend as Swedish military authorities hunted down the source of “foreign underwater activity” in the vast archipelago outside Stockholm. Norwegian authorities, meanwhile, had little if any comment on what the apparent violation of Swedish territory may mean for Norway’s own long coastline. The Swedish drama unfolding just 600 kilometers east […]

Oslo pays for ‘good press’ in ‘Monocle’

The City of Oslo, through its wholly owned organization Oslo Business Region, has paid Monocle magazine to write a promotional "city survey" aimed at  attracting highly educated, internationally oriented workers and visitors. PHOTO:

The City of Oslo has shelled out nearly NOK 2 million (USD 308,000) for what amounts to an advertising supplement in the trendy international magazine Monocle. It comes in the form of one of the magazine’s “city surveys,” written by two of the magazine’s journalists, but their magazine has been paid for a “survey” that’s […]

Industrialist Mohn paid most tax of all

Bergen industrialist and philanthropist Trond Moe is opening up his wallet again, this time to help fund a social democratic "think tank" on the left side of Norwegian politics. PHOTO: Wikipedia Commons/Flickr

Industrialist Trond Mohn of Bergen, known for being one of Norway’s biggest philanthropists, also paid the most tax of any other Norwegian last year. Kjell Inge Røkke paid the next-largest amount, on a much bigger net worth but listing zero in actual income. Mohn paid NOK 135.55 million (nearly USD 21 million) in taxes to […]

New restrictions limit tax snooping

Norwegian tax authorities publicly released the country’ so-called “tax lists” on Friday, revealing what every single taxpayer in the country reported as their taxable income, net worth and how much tax they paid last year. Some have equated the practice to “having your pay slip hung up in the company canteen,” but this year the authorities introduced […]

Hushovd defends staying silent

PHOTO: Vidar Ruud / NTB Scanpix

Thor Hushovd has been a Norwegian hero for years, but found himself having to fend off criticism from many fronts on Thursday over his decision to stay silent about fellow cyclist Lance Armstrong’s doping. Others claimed Hushovd was “probably afraid” to take on Armstrong and the doping problem that has tarnished his sport. “No, should I take […]