Stordalen pulled together ‘biggest deal ever’

Norwegian hotel investor and businessman Petter Stordalen was being credited with pulling together a major real estate deal that ranks as his biggest ever. It involved the sale last weekend of Sektor Gruppen, which owns and runs 34 shopping centers in Norway, most of them in the Oslo, Bergen and Stavanger areas. The sale for nearly […]

Snake surprised hotel guest

A man who checked into a single room at the Anker Hotel and Hostel in downtown Oslo was surprised to find another occupant in the room upon arrival. Police later described it as a “brown, green and gold” snake that was more than 40 centimeters long. “We were lucky he was a calm guest,” Per […]

Good ratings for Tour of Norway

Nearly 400,000 Norwegians watched last weekend’s Tour of Norway cycling race on TV, even though a Dane ended up knocking off the two top-rated Norwegian cyclists, Alexander Kristoff and Edvald Boasson Hagen. Sponsors nonetheless seemed satisfied. Kristoff won the first two stages of the race, which rolled through southeastern Norway and then along the southern coast […]

Royal opening for literature festival

Crown Princess Mette-Marit on board her literary train. PHOTO: Scanpix

Crown Princess Mette-Marit set off on her second annual literary train ride on Tuesday and then opened a literature festival in Lillehammer. For the former single mother who didn’t go to college until after she’d married into the royal family, her new passion for sharing books is nothing less than an awakening. Mette-Marit herself claims she […]

Another fire in Bergen forced evacuations

One woman was seriously injured and a man suffered minor injuries after the second major fire in historic downtown Bergen in the past week. Tuesday’s fire that broke out just before 4am forced the evacuation of around 70 people. The long holiday weekend ended dramatically with the evacuations in the neighbourhood characterized by mostly old wooden buildings. […]

Customs halts smuggling band

A suspected band of smugglers, all driving cars from Poland, was foiled after a dramatic car chase through southeastern Norway during the holiday weekend. Five cars, all with false license plates, were eventually found loaded with alcoholic beverages. Customs agents at the border crossing in Svinesund sounded the alarm after the cars passed through their station without stopping for […]

Ødegaard finally debuted for Real Madrid

Martin Ødegaard, Norway’s football wonderboy, finally took the field Saturday night for his new club, Real Madrid. Not only that, he stepped in for Christiano Ronaldo and even got a hug from the football superstar. “I’m really happy and proud,” the 16-year-old Ødegaard told the club’s own TV channel after he became the youngest debutant ever […]

Baby abusers sentenced to protect public

Three Norwegian men and two women were sentenced to jail terms that theoretically can be extended indefinitely to protect the public, after they were convicted in one of the worst child- and baby abuse cases to ever play out in a Norwegian court. The men and women sexually abused, even raped, babies as young as […]

Norway still negotiating funding for EU

Negotiations over the price Norway pays to win access to EU markets, since it’s not a member of the EU, are running into more than a year of overtime. Now Norway’s government minister in charge of EU issues, Vidar Helgesen, reportedly is offering nearly another NOK 800 million (USD 106 million) but it still doesn’t […]

Skull found in Bergen was from the Middle Ages

Police in Bergen called off a potential murder investigation on Thursday after a human skull was found Wednesday night near a popular shoreside park. The macabre discovery by two people out walking didn’t belong, though, to anyone currently in the police’s missing persons file. The skull grabbed attention and police immediately cordoned off the area […]