Oil minister tries to settle quarrel over Sverdrup stakes

Oil & Energy Minister Tord Lien called the oil companies that own stakes in the giant Johan Sverdrup oil and gas field into a meeting this week, in an effort to settle disagreement over how their ownership has been divvied up. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reports that the five companies (Statoil, Lundin, Petoro, Det norske oljeselskap and […]

Match-fixing trial underway in Oslo court

Norway’s first trial over alleged football match-fixing got underway in Oslo this week, with all seven defendants declaring themselves not guilty. Prosecutors have indicted them on charges of corruption and defrauding Norway’s state lottery, Norsk Tipping. One of the defendants, a football player for the small Follo club south of Oslo, admitted receiving NOK 15,000 as did […]

Coop cleared to take over ICA

Norwegian grocery store chain Coop has won approval from Norway’s competition authorities to go ahead with its takeover of ICA and Rimi grocery stores in Norway. The deal is subject, though, to several conditions. Norway’s dominant grocery retailer and wholesaler, Norgesgruppen, must be allowed to itself take over 50 of ICA Norge’s 553 ICA or Rimi […]

Skiing grabbed huge ratings

Nearly half the population of Norway tuned into state broadcaster NRK on Sunday afternoon to watch live coverage of the 50-kilometer race for men at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun. The enormous viewership exceeded even NRK’s own expectations. “It’s completely wild that we achieved such huge numbers,” Rune Haug, sports editor at NRK, told newspaper […]

Baby rapist ‘glad’ he was caught

One of the defendants in a major case of sexual assault against children and even babies claimed in court on Tuesday that he was “incredibly glad that police stopped me.” He and the other four defendants face life in custody because of the danger they’ll revert to pedophilia once freed. The 32-year-old defendant in what’s […]

Avalanche drama in the mountains

Four cars carrying a total of 11 people had to be dug out of an avalanche that crashed down on the E39 highway in Romarheimsdalen on Sunday, and avalanche danger remained high on Monday. Snow-clearing crews, police and ambulance personnel had to flee an area along Highway 13 as more tons of snow and ice threatened […]

Munch-Melgaard exhibit draws police complaint

Oslo’s Munch Museum confirmed on Monday that a portion of its current controversial exhibit, which draws ties between the work of Norwegian artists Edvard Munch and Bjarne Melgaard, had been reported to the police. Newspaper Aftenposten reported that it remained unclear who had filed the complaint with the police. “We are aware that a complaint has […]

More ‘peace rings,’ in Trondheim and Oslo

Hundreds of people turned up to hold hands and form new “rings of peace” over the weekend, creating a “peace zone” in Trondheim Friday night and embracing a mosque in Oslo. In Trondheim, organizers told state broadcaster NRK that both Muslims and people from other religions wanted to show their support for the Jewish community, following […]

Bus passengers warned to buckle up

Passengers on relatively long-distance buses in Norway, including those running to local airports, face fines of NOK 1,500 if they fail to buckle their seat belts. Police and highway authorities are mounting a major effort to enforce the law making seat belt use mandatory. State broadcaster NRK reported on Monday that state officials intend to start boarding buses […]

More storm warnings posted

Another storm was blowing hard over much of Southern Norway Saturday afternoon and state meteorologists were warning that it would get worse throughout the night and into Sunday. Eight counties were bracing for another deluge. Both highway officials and meteorologists had already warned those on winter holidays in the mountains to start driving home or […]