Fuel suppliers’ strike may delay flights

A strike by suppliers of gasoline and jet fuel that began last weekend hasn’t had much effect on consumers this week, but airline passengers may start experiencing delays or even cancellations this weekend. That’s when the fuel tanks at such airports as Tromsø, Bergen, Stavanger, Bodø and Værnes in Trondheim may begin to run dry. […]

Royals apologize for guard’s rough behaviour

Both the Royal Palace and the king’s police escort service have apologized to an elderly woman in Bodø, after one of the king’s bodyguards pushed her out of the way during the royal couple’s visit to Bodø last week. She fell and wound up in the hospital. Newspaper Avisa Nordland reported that the incident occurred at […]

Neighbours sue state over Utøya memorial

Norwegians living near the island of Utøya where 69 people were shot to death by a lone gunman five years ago have gone ahead with plans to try to block construction of a memorial in their neighbourhood. They want to get on with their lives, and claim the memorial will remind them of the tragedy every single […]

Norwegians hail Iceland’s victory over England

Norwegian football fans, disappointed that their own national team didn’t qualify to play in the European Championships, were cheering nonetheless after Iceland beat England in a victory Monday night that’s been branded as nothing short of sensational. Norwegian fans latched on to Iceland as a fellow Nordic nation that also has several players who have […]

Legendary Club 7 set for a revival

Oslo’s legendary Club 7, an entertainment spot that thrived for years in the cellar of the city’s Concert House in Vika, looks set to get a new lease on life. Local music and concert organizers including Jørgen Roll have been working to convert the venue into a cultural club once again. It won’t be called […]

Little girl hooked big fish, with licorice

An eight-year-old girl reeled in a five-kilo (11-pound) wild salmon from the Gaula River in Sør-Trøndelag late last week, after using a piece of licorice as her bait. “She wanted to dig for some worms, but we didn’t have time,” the father of young Guro Haugen told newspaper Adresseavisen. “I said it was enough with just […]

Health minister approves Oslo hospital plan

Health Minister Bent Høie has approved plans to radically restructure Oslo’s state-owned hospitals. The historic and sprawling Ullevål University Hospital will be shut down, and mostly replaced by a new hospital to be built adjacent to the national hospital Rikshospitalet at Gaustad. The old Aker Hospital that was controversially shut down several years ago will also […]

Closing arguments in child murder case

Prosecution and defense attorneys wrapped up their arguments this week in the case of a Lithuanian man charged with murdering the eight-year-old daughter of his former partner, also Lithuanian. Known as the “Monika” case, based on the little girl’s name, it has commanded widespread media attention in Norway, not least because of how police botched their […]

190 lose their jobs at Oslo hotel

Hotel tycoon Petter Stordalen plans to remodel and expand his Clarion Hotel Royal Christiania in downtown Oslo, to turn it into Norway’s largest hotel. Fully 190 people now working at the hotel are losing their jobs in the process. “It’s unfortunate that so many will lose their jobs,” Stordalen told newspaper VG this week, “but it’s […]

Commuters told to brace for train trouble

Norway’s state railroad, which is in the midst of some major refurbishing projects, warned that its annual summer maintenance program was also due to get underway during the weekend. Commuters in the Oslo area were told to brace for delays and congestion for the next six weeks. The summer season, when many Norwegians take off […]