Prime Minister keen on ‘Pokemon Go’

Prime Minister Erna Solberg is known for enjoying computer games, and was hooked on Candy Crush. She’s since set that aside and joined the millions of people having fun with Pokemon Go when she can. “I was challenged by my little sister, who found a pokemon on my veranda,” Solberg told newspaper Aftenposten over the weekend. […]

Fashion designers ready for Oslo Runway

Models for a total of 19 Norwegian fashion designers were ready to strut their stuff at the latest Oslo Runway, opening on Wednesday at the new Sentralen venue in downtown Oslo. The event has become the new showplace for Norway’s own clothing industry. Oslo Runway aims to fill the gap left since Oslo Fashion Week ended […]

Emergency crews rescue more tourists in trouble

The ever-growing popularity of Norway’s most unique scenery and rocky mountaintops has set off another wave of accidents and rescue operations. Red Cross crews think more tourists should be warned against setting off on potentially hazardous treks. News bureau NTB reported how Red Cross emergency workers had to mount four separate rescue operations on Saturday evening […]

Probe begins into ceiling collapse at packed theater

Police and building technicians were investigating what caused portions of the ceiling at Oslo’s  popular Sentrum Scene concert hall and theater to collapse on Sunday. Preliminary results indicated that a motor used to raise heavy lighting equipment over the stage had collided with the ceiling. Portions of it began to fall down on college students gathered at Sentrum […]

Iran trade deal raises concerns

Foreign Minister Børge Brende in Iran with his Iranian counterpart Zarif on Wednesday. PHOTO: Utenriksdepartementet/Frode Overland Andersen

An agreement announced this week for Norwegian-financed trade between Norway and Iran has received mixed reactions. While it may help create jobs in Norway’s hard-hit oil and gas industry, human rights organizations worry it may lead to conflicts of interest. Eksportkreditt Norge and GIEK signed a Memorandum of Intention with the Export Guarantee Fund of Iran […]

Tuberculosis breaks out in Skien

Norway’s public health institute (Folkehelseinstituttet) reported Friday that 14 people have been infected by tuberculosis in Skien in Telemark, around a two-hour drive southwest of Oslo. The institute called the breakout of the disease “considerable.” The new cases of infection come in addition to six people who were infected during the summer and later developed the disease. […]

Handball gold medal hopes dashed by a point

Norway’s long-triumphant women’s handball team has won three Olympic gold medals and most championship tournaments over the years, but now their hopes for another Olympic victory have been dashed. The highly popular håndballjentene (handball girls) lost their semi-final match against Russia by just one point Thursday night, and they all collapsed into tears. State broadcaster NRK […]

Veterans set sail on therapeutic voyage

Thirty Norwegian veterans who served in Lebanon during the 1980s and on other tough assignments have set sail on a historic vessel, part of efforts to clear their heads and relieve isolation. The unique voyage is also aimed at raising awareness that many veterans are struggling with psychological problems. “We have to recognize that war […]

School starts with another student housing shortage

As Norwegian universities and colleges launched into their autumn terms this week, more than 11,000 students were stuck on waiting lists for housing. A chronic shortage of student housing has been made worse by sky-high prices and rental rates in the private housing market. This year’s numbers from the Norwegian student organization NSO show an increase […]

Mixed reaction to Statkraft privatization

A proposal to sell off some of the state’s stock in the now wholly state-owned electricity producer Statkraft has received a mixed reaction from the Members of Parliament who’d need to approve the partial privatization. The proposal, put forward by the Conservative Party that leads Norway’s minority coalition government, is backed by its two small […]