Trial begins in prostitute’s murder

A 26-year-old Norwegian man from Hamar claimed he acted in self-defense when he stabbed Bulgarian prostitute Galina Sandeva to death in Oslo on December 16, 2015. He claimed when his trial began on Tuesday that he had bought the knife he used as a Christmas gift for his father. Sandeva’s body was found on the […]

Woman convicted for using trams as toilets

Norway’s tram and metro system has been dealing with an unusually messy problem for several years. A woman in her 50s habitually uses tram and metro seats as a toilet, despite being convicted of public urination and defecation on more than 100 occasions. Newspaper Aftenposten reported Tuesday that the woman has been convicted once again, […]

Warm sunshine set to fade

When Norway switched to daylight savings time (called sommertid) over the weekend, the timing couldn’t have been better. Along with the extra hour of daylight in the evenings, which now extends to around 8:30pm, came a sudden surge of warm summer weather but it may fade away soon. Residents of Southern Norway have been basking in warm sunshine since Saturday, […]

Police failed to respond to calls for help

A family living at Melbu in Vesterålen, just north of Lofoten, was terrified during the night last weekend when an unknown man suddenly began to bang on their front door and refused to leave. He repeatedly tried to enter their home forcefully, pounding on and rattling other doors as well, but when the family called police for […]

Solberg launches new research vessel

Prime Minister Erna Solberg officially launched Norway’s new marine research vessel, the Dr Fridtjof Nansen, in Oslo over the weekend amidst claims it will be used to share knowledge, competence and technology among oceanographers and fishing officials in developing countries. After spending the weekend in Oslo, where it was open to visitors, the vessel was sailing […]

Wild weather shines and storms

While Southern Norway basked under sunshine and blue skies in summer-like temperatures over the weekend, Northern Norway was hit by another onslaught of snowstorms and stong winds that disrupted traffic all over the region. State meteorologists predicted more of the same this week, while southerners may need to bundle up again as well. Many Oslo […]

SAS flight made an emergency landing

UPDATED: A Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) flight from Munich to Oslo had to make an emergency landing back at the Munich International Airport on Friday, after one of SAS’ Boeing 737’s engines stopped functioning. “It was terribly frightening,” one of the passengers on board, Camilla Sylling Clausen, told state broadcaster NRK. The flight took off at 1:14pm, […]

Unemployment declines, but fewer working

Both Norway’s employers’ organization NHO and its largest trade union confederation LO are warning against getting too optimistic about the decline in unemployment. A downturn in new job creation means overall employment is down as well. “These numbers can look good,” Øystein Dørum, chief economist at NHO, told news burean ANB after the latest unemployment […]

Statoil makes more big investments in Sverdrup

Norwegian oil company Statoil was busy handing out more large contracts this week, and raising spirits in the still-sluggish oil and offshore industry. This time the main beneficiaries were, once again, Aker Solutions and Kværner plus Siemens. Aker Solutions will deliver process platforms in the second phase of development on the Johan Sverdrup oil field, Kværner […]

Troubled Westerdals set for takeover

Westerdals, the private communications school in Oslo whose owners landed in trouble after claiming too much public funding and over-charging students, has been bought up by Kristiania University College for NOK 85 million. Kristiania will also assume responsibility for more than NOK 100 million in legal claims against Westerdals. Kristiania, owned by the Ernst G Mortensens Foundation, […]