Freak storm causes more damage

A sudden and intense combination of lightning, thunder, heavy rain and extremely strong winds caused more damage just after 4pm in Oslo. Trees were torn down all over the city, including a stately old oak in the park at Sofienberg. “We got reports that trees were knocked down and roof panels were blown off houses,” […]

Murder charges dropped against ex-neo-Nazi

Police in Oslo no longer think that a 55-year-old former neo-Nazi who once was convicted of murders in Hadeland was also responsible for the murder of a 39-year-old man in the valley of Maridalen last month. Johnny Olsen remains charged, however, with desecrating a corpse. The smoldering remains of the 39-year-old were found by hikers […]

Supply ships busy in Russian waters

Norwegian supply ships that offer various services to the offshore oil industry have been busy in Russia’s Arctic waters this summer. It’s welcome business for supply ship owners that lost lots of business when the oil price collapse in 2014 dried up activity on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Several supply ship owners faced bankruptcy, and […]

Arctic cycling race gets underway

The cycling world’s Arctic Race of Norway began rolling from Norway’s northern town of Vadsø on Thursday, but without Norwegian star Edvald Boasson Hagen and his teammate Mark Cavendish. Their Team Dimension Data was fronting others, though, for the long-weekend race around Finnmark, and more big names like Christophe Laporte and Warren Barguil were in […]

Rain eases ban on outdoor grilling

Enough rain has fallen in the past week that the state meteorological institute has dropped its overall warning of high forest fire danger. Most extraordinary local bans on campfires and outdoor grilling, however, remain in place. While some areas along the West Coast have dropped the grilling bans, too, emergency authorities in Oslo and Østfold […]

Record rain after record drought

The heavy rain that fell over much of Southern Norway during the weekend set records that seemed to take various areas from one extreme to the other after this summer’s drought. Three places in central Norway recorded their wettest August day in the past 78 years, but the drought isn’t over. Weather stations at Sverresborg […]

Pakistanis celebrate national day

Not unlike Americans celebrating the 4th of July in Frogner Park, Oslo’s large Pakistani community was gathering at Ekeberg on Tuesday to celebrate their national day. For some children with Pakistani roots, it means they get to march in two national parades: Norway’s on the 17th of May and Pakistan’s on the 14th of August. […]

Appeals court trims terror convict’s jail term

A 34-year-old Norwegian man from the small town of Verdal in Trøndelag was sentenced on Tuesday to seven years and three months in jail, after being convicted of joining the terror organization ISIL and planning terrorist attacks with ISIL members. The appeals court ruling is three months shorter than a sentence handed down last November […]

Teenage murder suspect ‘tried to hide’

The Bjørgvin Prison in Bergen set off full police alarms Monday evening after guards suddenly lost sight of a 17-year-old murder suspect in their custody. He jumped over one of two fences surrounding the prison’s recreation yard but was later found, still on prison grounds. It was initially feared that the teenage boy, who has […]

Ski team members carried colleague’s casket

Funeral services were held on Thursday for former top Norwegian skier Vibeke Skofterud, with four of her national ski team members carrying her casket to her gravesite. Skiing stars Marit Bjørgen and Therese Johaug were among those tearfully serving as pall bearers. The Eidsberg church in Skofterud’s home county of Østfold, southeast of Oslo, was […]