Autumn storm ‘hit harder’ than expected

Police along Norway’s West Coast were inundated with calls for help during the night, after hurricane-force winds slammed into the area from Bergen north to Stad and beyond. Thousands were without power Thursday morning. Damage reports were still ticking in on Thursday, but Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) could report that the Vest Police District received 133 […]

Støre details effort for peace in Libya

While Norwegian fighter jets were bombing Libya in the spring of 2011, Norway’s foreign minister at the time got the son of the country’s dictator Moammar Gadhafi on a phone line. Jonas Gahr Støre has now spoken with Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) about the secret attempt at Libyan peace talks for the first time. “It wasn’t […]

Oslo schools caught in power struggle

An unusually nasty power struggle over control of Norway’s largest school district now threatens to topple Oslo’s entire city government. The struggle pits longtime Oslo school administrators against their new political leader Inga Marte Thorkildsen, leaving her boss, city government leader Raymond Johansen, to resolve the conflict or face a lack of confidence vote himself. […]

Asylum murders shock Trondheim

UPDATED: Two young asylum seekers were murdered and a third badly injured in a case of extreme violence that was unfolding in Trondheim on Tuesday. Police have charged a fourth young asylum seeker with the double homicide that’s left local authorities shocked and baffled. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Tuesday morning that two city employees in […]

Norway ready for post-Brexit talks

The Norwegian government has a delegation ready to launch more formal negotiations over Norway’s looming bilateral relationship with the UK once it leaves the EU. Talks may start soon, even as the UK’s own Brexit negotiations with the EU remain complicated and the result highly unclear. News bureau NTB reported  this week that the UK […]

UN Security Council campaign picks up

Crown Prince Haakon has already kicked off the lobbying effort and now it will be followed up by one of Norway’s most internationally well-known diplomats: Mona Juul and the Norwegian government wll be working hard over the next two years to win a seat on the UN Security Council in 2021 and 2022. The crown […]

Climate change threatens Svalbard

After decades of warnings, Norway’s Arctic settlements on Svalbard are suddenly facing more dramatic effects of climate change. Its current, highly visible consequences on Svalbard are emerging just as climate and environmental advocates met once again last week, for a Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco that also attracted Norwegian officials caught between efforts […]

Power speculator’s losses cost others

Einar Aas, a media-shy man from the southern coastal town of Grimstad, ranked as having Norway’s highest income last year. He also paid more tax than any other person in Norway, but now he faces personal bankruptcy after losing badly on his investments in the power market. Newspapers Dagens Næringsliv (DN) and Fædrelandsvennen in Kristiansand […]

Pop singer Aurora strikes a chord

SPECIAL FEATURE: Aurora Aksnes is a 22-year-old Norwegian pop singer who’s been steadily gaining international popularity in recent years. Calla Duffield is a 14-year-old fan and aspiring journalist from College Station, Texas, who got a chance to interview the singer known simply as “Aurora” before a concert in Liverpool this summer. Here’s the unabashedly starstruck […]

Calls rise to invite Putin to Finnmark

Next fall marks the 75th anniversary of how Soviet forces liberated Norway’s northernmost county of Finnmark from the clutches of Nazi German occupiers in 1944. Local officials are steadily being joined by other voices around the country in calling upon the Norwegian government to invite Russian President Vladimr Putin to join the solemn anniversary celebrations. […]