Storms spark chaos, landslide warnings

Strong winds and snow halted ferry traffic and snarled roads in northern Norway on Wednesday. Experts also warned of possible landslides in seven other counties around the country. The wind caused the biggest problems at sea, with Statoil sending all its workers home from the company’s large gas processing facility on Melkøya outside Hammerfest. The wind had […]

Norway ‘doesn’t have much extra gas’ for EU

Norway’s oil and energy minister, Tord Lien, said Tuesday that Norway has “a theoretical capacity” to export 120 billion cubic meters of gas a year to Europe, but is already exporting “about 106 billion cubic meters.” The gap “doesn’t give us much extra gas” to export without cutting into oil production, Lien said. Tensions resulting […]

‘Football lost its virtue’

News this week that five former football players and two others had been indicted for alleged match-fixing has prompted one leading commentator to claim that Norwegian football had now lost its virtue. “Charges aren’t a conviction, but someone has taken the virtue out of Norwegian football,” wrote Inge D Hanssen in newspaper Aftenposten. The seven are charged with […]

Parliament cancels its ‘snobbish’ ball

There will be no fancy dining and dancing for Members of Parliament and their partners just after New Year. Controversial plans to spend NOK 770,000 on a New Year’s Ball have been dropped, in favour of a summer party. Newspaper Dagens Næringliv (DN) had first brought the news that the Parliament’s leadership, including two top […]

Two charged in massive Snapchat theft

Police raided various addresses in Oslo and Lillestrøm over the weekend and have arrested two men, said to be in their 20s, in connection with the theft of more than 90,000 photos and 10,000 videos from the online photo-sharing service Snapchat.  The photos, many of them private photos of young naked girls that the girls themselves had […]

Pedophile also ordered released from prison

Erik Andersen, the west coast businessman who finally was caught and jailed after years of victimizing young boys around the country, was ordered released early from his 10-year term of custody aimed at protecting the public from Norway’s most dangerous criminals. A court in Bærum was convinced Andersen, also known as “the pocket man,” was no […]

Yara ‘surprised’ by collapse of merger talks

The new acting chief executive of Norwegian fertilizer firm Yara International said he was “surprised” that CF Industries of the US has suddenly backed out of talks aimed at merging the two firms. Torgeir Kvidal thinks CF cut off the talks too early. “This was surprising,” Kvidal told newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) Friday morning after […]

Chess Olympiad forced into bankruptcy

Norway’s Chess Olympiad, which played out in the northern city of Tromsø last August, faced several problems including legal challenges from the international chess federation, a rowdy federation election and the deaths of two players, apparently from stress. Norwegian Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen didn’t perform well, either, and now the organization behind the event is being […]

First snow falls in southeast

Snow was falling several places around the Oslo area Thursday night, and causing problems for motorists because hardly any have switched to winter tires yet. Police reported several cars lost control on slick local highways. The four-lane E6 highway between Oslo and Moss was turning white and snow was also building up on the E18 highway […]

Olympic booster calls it quits

Børre Rognlien  PHOTO: Idrettsforbundet

Børre Rognlien, president of Norway’s national athletics federation and the Norwegian Olympic Committee, says he won’t stand for re-election when his term ends next year. Not only did his effort to mount a Winter Olympics in Oslo fail, but he also received death threats for trying. Newspaper Aftenposten reported that Rognlien, age 69, said he […]