Norway trounces Russia, at least in handball

Norwegian media outlets were having a field day on Thursday, giving prominent coverage to how Norway’s popular women’s national handball team trounced Russia’s team in World Championship action in Germany Wednesday night. The Norwegian women beat their Russian counterparts by a score of 34-17 in the quarter-finals, after what media commentators called “majestic” play. State […]

Jerusalem decision sparked protests

US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel set off protests during the weekend, also in Oslo. Protesters waved Palestinian flags as they assembled in front of the Norwegian Parliament. They were preaching to the choir, in a sense, because many Norwegian politicians including MPs and members of the government […]

More reindeer meet tragic fate

Sami reindeer herders and not least their animals suffered yet another tragedy during the weekend, when a passenger train run by railway NSB plowed once again into a herd of around 80 reindeer grazing on the tracks. Around 20 had to be killed because they were so badly injured. It’s the latest in a string […]

Suspect released after terror scare

A 26-year-old Norwegian charged with unleashing a terror alarm at a regional airport heading into the weekend was released from police custody on Sunday. Police and prosecutors saw no danger he’d tamper with any evidence or set off a new scare. He remains charged with filing a false alarm that led to major disruption at […]

‘Is there an organist in the house?’

Norway’s popular and famed violinist Arve Tellefsen was all ready, along with the Nidaros Cathedral’s boys’ choir and their audience, to launch into another traditional Christmas concert at Oslo’s cathedral this week. Suddenly their organist became acutely ill. “We’ve often heard about people asking whether there’s a doctor in the house,” Tellefsen told newspaper Aftenposten, […]

Pay gap persists between men and women

Women in Norway continue to earn just 86 percent of what men in Norway take home in terms of average monthly earnings. The latest figures from 2016, compiled by statistics bureau SSB, indicate that the pay gap has narrowed, however, and pay growth for women has been a bit higher than for men since 2000. […]

Aker Solutions wins new Statoil contracts

Aker Solutions emerged as the first big winner this week of contracts tied to development of Statoil’s long-delayed oil field Johan Castberg off the coast of Northern Norway. Aker Solutions, controlled by industrialist Kjell Inge Røkke, will deliver the subsea system to the field and design the top deck of the floating production and storage […]

Ski jump sports Finland’s colours

City officials in Oslo were ready to honour Norway’s neighbouring country of Finland on Wednesday by lighting up the city’s Holmenkollen Ski Jump in blue and white, the colours of Finland’s national flag. Oslo Mayor Marianne Borgen and Finland’s ambassador to Norway, Erik Lundberg, were set to turn on the lights in time for celebrations […]

Norwegians warned against unfiltered coffee

Norway’s public health directorate is warning the country’s coffee-loving population against drinking the non-filtered variety. Coffee that’s pressed, boiled on the stove or even brewed in fancy machines contains oils that can raise cholesterol levels. The warning, broadcast on NRK’s nationwide newscast Dagsrevyen Sunday night, is bad news for Norwegians who are passionate about their […]

Krone falls further against the dollar

It cost as much as NOK 8.32 to buy one US dollar on Monday, after the Norwegian krone fell to its weakest point since the finance crisis. Higher oil prices are no longer enough to keep the oil-producing country’s currency strong. The krone has been weak all autum and especially the past few weeks. Analysts […]