No more ‘X Games’ in Oslo

Oslo taxpayers won’t be paying for another winter “X Games” this year, after city politicians turned down the organizers’ funding requests. The organizers are now trying to secure funding from the state instead. Oslo provided NOK 42 million (nearly USD  6 million at the time) for last year’s X Games, which also attracted a doping controversy. The city […]

Oil service strike idles more drilling rigs

A strike in the oil service sector that started last week is steadily putting drilling rigs out of service. Norwegian rig owners are thus emerging as affected third-parties even though the oil service companies like Halliburton and Schlumberger are bearing the burden of the costs. “I hope they find a solution,” Bjørnar Iversen, head of […]

Portions of new border fence may be torn down

A controversial fence being erected on either side of Norway’s border crossing to Russia at Storskog in Finnmark has run into more trouble. Authorities now contend it’s a few centimeters too close to Russia, and may need to be torn down and rebuilt. The Independent Barents Observer reported Monday that no more work will be done […]

Neighbours mount new protest over Melgaard project

Neighbours and fellow artists of Norwegian Bjarne Melgaard keep trying to halt construction of his controversial studio and residential property at Ekely in Oslo. Now they’re filing protests with Norway’s national historic preservation agency, Riksantikvaren, to protect their area from Melgaard’s encroachment. The protests began not long after Melgaard unveiled his project, called A House […]

Bieber took a day off in the mountains

Pop-star Justin Bieber recovered from two days of holding concerts in Oslo by heading up to the mountains around Stryn. His local host said he swam in Oppstrynsvatnet, went boating and ATV-riding and sat by a campfire as the sun went down. “When Bieber woke up here and looked out the window, he was overwhelmed,” claimed John […]

State would need to approve sky-high tolls

Transport Minister Ketil Solvik-Olsen from the anti-road-toll Progress Party would need to approve a proposed spike in road tolls sought by city governments in Bergen and Oslo. That hasn’t happened yet, and Solvik-Olsen has opposed punitive tolls in the past. He was traveling in the US and unavailable for comment late last week, when city officials in […]

New storm warnings posted over ‘Karl’

Residents of Western Norway were being warned on Monday to batten down the hatches once again over the next few days. The remains of the tropical storm called “Karl” were expected to bring strong winds and lots of rain, according to state meteorologists. “We’re expecting  winds to rise on Tuesday, and that we’ll get between […]

Police were ‘prepared’ for new Bieber mania

Police in Oslo and Bærum claimed they were prepared to handle crowds and chaos when teen idol singer Justin Bieber held concerts once again in the area on Friday and Saturday. Bieber’s earlier appearances in Oslo set off pandemonium and controversy. Bieber’s avid fans, mostly teenage girls, were already forming long lines by 3pm in pouring […]

Airlines also charge more for flights bought abroad

Both Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) and Norwegian Air charge passengers on flights originating in the US more than they do on flights originating in Norway. The practice of “price optimalization” isn’t unique to the popular Norwegian shipping line Hurtigruten after all. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported last week how it can be much cheaper to buy Hurtigruten […]

Tesla owners sue over lack of horsepower

More than a hundred Norwegian owners of the Tesla Model S P85D are suing the producer of the popular electric car. They’re seeking an upgrade of their cars instead of any rebate. “The car is great,” Tesla owner Frode Fleten Jacobsen told newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN). “It’s just that I was tricked into paying extra […]