Police to re-open 21-year-old murder investigation

State broadcaster NRK reported Wednesday morning that the new “cold case” unit of the state police crime unit Kripos has recommended reopening the investigation into the murder of a 17-year-old teenage girl on the island of Karmøy, Western Norway. Birgitte Tengs was found raped and murdered not far from her home on the island between Bergen and Stavanger […]

Police find body of slide victim

The body of one of three men from Lithuania who were killed in a landslide in Sørum last month was found on Tuesday by crews who have continued to search through the rubble. A tractor the men were using has been found as well. The men were first listed as missing and then presumed dead after enormous amounts of […]

Jarlsberg cheesemakers slice through conflict

Norwegian dairy Synnøve Finden has settled its latest legal battle with dominant dairy cooperative Tine. They were quarreling over Tine’s right to use the brand name “Jarlsberg” and it looks like Tine won. Newspaper Nationen reported that both dairies have dropped their compensation claims against the other. Synnøve Finden, however, has also promised not to market or […]

Handball back for the holidays

Norwegian handball fans can once again get their fill of traditional pre-Christmas matches, after the European Championships started this week. Norway won the first of three matches, against Romania in Helsingborg, Sweden. The Norwegians beat the Romanians, both top teams, by a score of 23-21 in a match that was not without controversy. State broadcaster NRK […]

Oslo revives proposed ban on diesel-driven vehicles

Higher levels of air pollution in the Norwegian capital so far this winter have prompted city politicians to revive plans to ban vehicles using diesel on days when air quality levels are lowest. The ban would apply from 6am until 10 pm, reported newspaper Dagsavisen on Monday. Lan Marie Nguyen Berg of the Greens Party, […]

Employees in shock after colleague murders customer

Employees of a Maxbo building supply store in the small town of Notodden reportedly remained in shock on Monday after one of their colleagues stabbed and axed a regular customer to death during store hours on Saturday. The defendant, a 22-year-old local man who was well-regarded by fellow workers at Maxbo, did not flee the […]

Man confesses to 14-year-old murder

A 32-year-old man arrested in connection with the murder of 23-year-old Egil Tostrup Bråten in November 2002 has now confessed to stabbing Bråten on an Oslo street. He claims, however, that he had no intention of killing Bråten. The case was one of Norway’s major unsolved murders and police in Oslo never closed their investigation. A […]

Police send Dachau gate back to Germany

Police in Bergen said they planned to send the heavy iron gate that was stolen three years ago from the concentration camp Dachau back to authorities in Germany “as soon as possible.” They found the gate in their area just before the weekend, after responding to a tip. The recovery of the gate, emblazoned with the words Arbeit macht frei (Work […]

Three charged with arson in hotel fire

One of the owners and two top managers of the Selje Hotel have been arrested and charged with aggravated vandalism and fraud after the hotel was struck by a devastating fire last week. On Friday they were ordered held in custody for at least the next four weeks, while police continue to investigate. The Selje Hotel, located […]

Oil Fund may invest more in stocks

Norway’s huge sovereign wealth fund, known as the Oil Fund, wants to start investing more of the oil revenues it receives in the stock market, to boost returns. Norway’s central bank, which is responsible for the fund, is seeking permission to do so from the finance ministry. The Oil Fund currently invests 60 percent of its […]