Norwegian directors’ ‘Pirates’ film panned

The latest Pirates of the Caribbean film , directed by Norwegians Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, has been brutally panned by film critics in the US. The New York Times questioned whether it could even be called a film. Its film critic, AO Scott, wrote at the outset that the review (external link to the Times) […]

Bergen festival royally underway

Queen Sonja hailed Norway’s west coast capital of Bergen as a city “with deep cultural roots back to the Hanseatic time” when she opened the annual Festspillene (Bergen International Festival) on Wednesday. She claimed the festival “is a good example of how Bergen has formed its identity.” The nearly 80-year-old queen played a role in Bergen’s cultural […]

Politician rode metro without buying a ticket

Member of Parliament Hadia Tajik, a former government minister who now ranks as deputy leader of the Labour Party, managed to avoid a fine after confessing to riding Oslo’s metro without having bought a ticket. “It’s unfortunately correct that I hadn’t bought a ticket when I took T-banen (Oslo’s metro line) from Majorstuen to the Parliament […]

Business schools win spots on new list

The Economist magazine has ranked master’s degree programs in management for the first time, and both of Norway’s major business schools won spots in the Top 40. Norwegian business school BI was ranked as best in the Nordic countries. News bureau NTB reported that the Bergen-based business school NHH (Norges Handels Høyskole) also did well, ranking […]

Postal service’s service breaks down

Norway’s postal service (Posten Norge) has been the subject of lots of customer irritation in recent months, following the closure of post offices, rising postal rates and declining service, episodes of slow delivery or no delivery at all. On Friday the postal outlets now set up in local grocery stores to replace closed post offices, were […]

Tunnel fire blocks key road in southern Oslo

Around 60 people were evacuated Friday morning from a tunnel being used in connection with construction of the new Follobane train line south of Oslo, after fire broke out in a tank truck inside the tunnel. The fire forced closure of Mosseveien, a main artery leading in and out of Oslo from the south. State broadcaster […]

Cop charged with corruption ‘must be acquitted’

The high-profile defense attorney for Eirik Jensen, once one of the Oslo Police District’s own most high-profile officers, likened his corruption trial to a “fairy tale” based on speculation and no concrete evidence. John Christian Elden claimed that Jensen’s former informant who turned against him, hash dealer Gjermund Cappelen, simply can’t be believed. “‘Once upon […]

Solberg defends expense of repatriating convict

Prime Minister Erna Solberg, faced with criticism over the state’s efforts to bring convicted murderer Joshua French home from Congo, defended the time and effort it took on humanitarian grounds. “This was all about a person who in fact could have died in prison there,” Solberg told newspaper VG. Norway’s foreign ministry even assigned some of its […]

Norway earmarks more aid to Portugal

Portugal’s outgoing ambassador to Norway is getting a nice going-away gift after her four years in Oslo. The two countries signed a new agreement this week regarding the use of NOK 900 million (EUR 96 million) worth of grants that Norway finances in order to have access to the EU’s inner market. Norway’s foreign ministry announced […]

Population growth slows down

Oslo has been among the fastest-growing capitals in Europe for several years but now that growth rate, and the country’s itself, has slowed considerably. Much of it is a result of emigration and the falloff in refugee arrivals. State statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway) reports that Norway’s population grew by 8,829 people during the first […]