Sales fall for southern holidays

Norway’s unusually warm weather this past summer is being blamed for a marked decline in sales of so-called “package tours” to southern climes. Tour operators also blame tough competition from low-fare airlines like Norwegian and RyanAir. Star Tour, Apollo and Ving are among tour operators reporting lower sales, also for next summer. Apollo admitted that […]

Four-year-old sleepwalked for more than four kilometers

Norwegians are known as great walkers, but a little girl in Northern Norway seems to have set a new record. Four-year-old old Thea Leinan Robertsen got out of bed, put on her boots and proceeded to walk more than four kilometers from her aunt’s home near Honningsvåg to the next town down the coast. It […]

Danes buy Get cable TV firm

Norway’s major cable TV firm Get has been purchased by TDC of Denmark, making it Scandinavia’s largest cable television company. TDC is paying nearly NOK 14 billion (USD 2.3 billion) for Get. “The purchase of Get is TDC’s biggest and most important investment for many years,” said TDC boss Carsten Dilling. “We’ve been waiting for […]

Calls go out for more mushroom control

Thousands of Norwegians are likely to head out this weekend to “sanke sopp” (pick mushrooms), and biologists and health care personnel wish there were more checkpoints where pickers’ harvests could be controlled. A recent spate of serious illnesses caused by poisonous mushrooms has them worried. “We’ve never had so many cases (of people falling ill after inadvertently […]

Network error blamed for power outage

Statnett, the state agency in charge of Norway’s power grid, was blaming an error in an “underlying network” for a massive power failure that left around 70,000 homes without electricity on Thursday. Drammen and its surrounding area were hit the hardest. Households in Nedre Eiker, Røyken, Hurum, Øvre Eiker, Sigdal and Lier were also left […]

Coach not scared by Norway’s loss

Norway lost its first qualifying match for the European Championships on Tuesday night, with mighty Italy blanking the Norwegians out by a score of 2-0. The loss was not unexpected, though, and national coach Per-Mathias Høgmo called the match “good training” for future qualifiers. “If you look at the team that started (the European qualifier […]

Duty-free workers go on strike

Travelers through Norwegian airports in Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim and Sandefjord may face long lines at the check-out counters at duty-free retailers, after 311 members of airport retail unions went out on strike Monday afternoon. They were ordered to walk off the job at midnight. Representatives for the employers’ organization Virke and the airport retailers’ labour […]

Oslo boasts many millionaires

Oslo has landed on the list of the top 10 cities in the world with the most millionaires, in terms of US dollars. Fully 2.9 percent of all the residents of Oslo have net worth equivalent to more than USD 1 million, reported news bureau NTB. The list of millionaires appeared in a recent issue […]

FBI claims Norwegian terrorist died in Kenyan attack

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation claims that a 23-year-old Norwegian identified as one of the terrorists in the attack on the Westgate Shopping Center in Nairobi last year was among those killed in their operation. Another 63 people were killed in the attack. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that according to one of its sources, […]

Norway ‘made it difficult’ for England

“I congratulate Norway for making it difficult for us,” Roy Hodgson, coach of England’s national football team, said after his players beat Norway by a score of 1-0 at Wembley Stadium in London Wednesday night. He claimed the Norwegian defense was “very solid” and that England had to fight for its victory. It came when […]