Ex-teacher jailed in major sexual assault case

A former teacher from Hadeland in western Oppland County has been handed a lengthy sentence by Norwegian standards: 12 years in a form of special prison custody that can be extended, after he was convicted of sexually assaulting more than 100 girls. A court in Gjøvik also ordered the 50-year-old man to pay compensation to all the […]

Oil Fund wielded its clout over bank executives’ pay

Norway’s sovereign wealth fund known as the Oil Fund has followed through on its decision to start using its clout, as a shareholder in major companies around the world, to oppose huge executive pay packages. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported that it was part of voting down bonus packages last week, for example, for the […]

Norwegian wins last lap of Tour of Norway

Professional Norwegian cyclist Edvald Boasson Hagen made what commentators called a “heroic” effort to win the weekend’s overall Tour of Norway cycling race, but succeeded only in winning the last lap. Hagen sailed into the southern city of Sarpsborg way ahead of the pack. It was Hagen’s second straight win in a row in the […]

State files appeal in the Breivik case

State officials have filed their appeal of a city court ruling this spring that partially upheld mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik’s claim that his human rights are being abused in prison. The state firmly disagrees that his prison terms violate the European Human Rights Convention, Article 3. Prosecutor Marius Emberland addressed each point of the lower […]

Hostage-takers set yet another deadline

An Islamist terrorist group in the Philippines has released yet another video in which it threatens to kill three hostages, one of whom is expatriate Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad. The terrorists claim they’ll kill all three if their ransom demands are not met. Sekkingstad was kidnapped last September along with two Canadian men and a Filipina […]

German tourist found dead in the mountains

A man found dead in the mountains of Fannafjell in Forsand, Rogaland County, has been identified as a 46-year-old German citizen. Police were working on Friday to determine the cause of death. Police told state broadcaster NRK that he was from the German city of Osterholz and was a tourist staying at a campground in […]

Man killed in small plane crash

A small plane crashed north of Halden Tuesday evening, killing its pilot, a man in his 60s from Rogaland in Western Norway. Police said the cause of the crash remained unclear. “We don’t know why the plane crashed,” Terje Marstad of the Østfold Police District told state broadcaster NRK. He confirmed that the body of the […]

Bunad silver sales soar

This week’s 17th of May holiday has revealed another indication that the Norwegian economy isn’t doing as poorly as some might like to think. Sales of the decorative and expensive silver and even gold jewelry that adorns the traditional Norwegian costumes known as the bunad are soaring, along with sales of the garments themselves. “We’ve […]

Refugees joined in 17th of May celebrations

Not only did many refugees from Afghanistan and Syria join in Tuesday’s 17th of May celebrations for the first time, they also helped in preparations for the holiday. They joined volunteers from the Red Cross and the state refugee service (Flyktningtjenesten) in taking part in a city clean-up operation late last week. “There’s a lot […]

Bomb scare evacuated Ryanair flight

A Ryanair flight bound for Manchester, England was halted and evacuated at the Rygge Airport in Moss, south of Oslo, on Sunday evening because of the “suspicious behaviour” of two passengers. Police later said it may all have been a misunderstanding. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that one of them was allegedly overheard to use the word “bomb” […]