Parliament’s boss under fire again

Olemic Thommessen, president of the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget), was facing more tough questions and heavy criticism this week, after yet another huge budget overrun was revealed in a highly controversial building project his office has led. The entire project is now being called a “complete scandal,” and he’s accused of trying to avoid responsibility. Newspaper […]

Bribery indictments hit Tine, Tetra Pak

A long-time purchasing director for Norway’s dominant dairy cooperative, Tine, has been indicted on charges he knowingly accepted bribes and then tried to hide it from the rest of Tine’s management. He now must defend himself against charges of aggravated corruption. An official of the packaging firm Tetra Pak Norge, which supplies drink cartons to […]

Norway wins gold in speed skating

“Thank you Sverre Lunde Pedersen! Thank you Håvard Bøkko! Thank you Simen Spieler Nilsen!” shrieked speed skating commentator Carl Andreas Wold after Norway’s men’s speed skating team won the Men’s Team Pursuit at the Winter Olympics on Wednesday. Not only that: They set a new Olympic record in the semi-final that knocked out the reigning […]

More OL thrills, even in bronze

Norwegian ski queen Marit Bjørgen made history yet again on Wednesday by claiming more medals than any Winter Olympian has before. Her latest was “only” bronze, after a thrilling sprint won by the US, but Norwegian men won gold and downhill racer Ragnhild Mowinckel won silver. Skiers Jessica Diggins and Kikkan Randall won the US […]

Snow sets records, raises concerns

Heavy snowfall this winter continues to set new records in the hills around Oslo and throughout Southern Norway. At the same time, it’s prompting warnings against over-exertion when it needs to be shoveled away from both driveways and rooftops. Norway’s waterways and energy directorate NVE reported that there hasn’t been as much snow in the […]

Trail conflicts can mar winter holidays

It’s winter holiday time for tens of thousands of Norwegians, with many schools closed this week or next. Winter sports fun can be marred, however, by one of those “only in Norway” sorts of conflicts: Do cross-country skiers have special rights to trails that are carefully groomed with ski tracks? Or can non-skiers set out […]

Utøya terror film stirs up debate

Young Norwegian actress Andrea Berntzen won a standing ovation at the Berlin Film Festival on Monday for her performance in a new film about a right-wing terrorist’s attack on the island of Utøya in 2011. The film itself was said to be so powerful that it was met by stunned silence, some booing but also […]

Even more gold for skater, ski jumpers

Norway won its first-ever Olympic gold medal in team ski jumping on Monday, and its first gold in the 500-meter speed skating event in 70 years. The victories added to the country’s already impressive haul at the Winter Olympics in South Korea, after having claimed 28 medals as of Monday evening, ahead of Germany with […]

Melgaard mellows on disputed ‘House’

After years of heated conflict, Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard seems more keen to come to terms with potential neighbours of his controversial “House to Die In.” A public exhibition of new plans for the house in Oslo shows “adjustments” aimed at accommodating neighbours, while Melgaard even is open to building it at another location. “You […]

Super Sunday, and the world notices

It was a wonderful weekend for Norway at the Winter Olympics in South Korea, with more medals that catapulted Norwegian athletes into the top spot with another week of competition ahead. Sports fans back home were also enjoying some international recognition, after major media outlets declared Norway as dominant. “Olympics Buzz: Norway’s dominance in winter […]