Police investigate more reports of russ rapes

The annual party season for graduating high school students, called russ, is off to a bad start, with police reporting on Friday that another young woman was allegedly raped during a major outdoor party at Tryvann in Oslo. Police in Tønsberg, southwest of Oslo, were also investigating a reported rape at a russ event Thursday […]

Hockey team poised for World Championships

Norway’s national ice hockey team faced an especially challenging start to the World Championships in the Czech Republic on Friday, as they were due to meet the powerhouse team from Russia. Then they’ll be up against the US and Finland, and they’re playing without the help of Norwegian hockey star Mats Zuccarello. Coach Roy Johansen […]

Refugee debate rages on, more aid promised

Norway’s government promised another billion kroner (USD 131 million) on Thursday in aid to Syrian refugee camps, while it continued to face a majority in opposition that wants to accept 10,000 more Syrian refugees. Prime Minister Erna Solberg claims that’s “unrealistic.” While agreeing that a “human tragedy of dramatic dimensions” was unfolding in the Mediterranean, Solberg of […]

Norwegians help save woman in Nepal

Norwegian, French and Israeli rescue workers were involved Thursday in the dramatic rescue of a woman found under the rubble in Kathmandu, five days after a killer quake devastated the city in Nepal. The 24-year-old woman, Krishna Kumari Khadka, was still alive and her rescue sparked impromptu applause from crowds following the operation that was launched after […]

Shakespeare’s Globe returns to Oslo

Actors from Shakespeare’s Globe in London will be returning to Oslo this summer to mount a production, in English, of Romeo & Juliet at the historic Akershus Fortress and Castle. It will be the fourth time since 2009 that the theater company presents one of Shakespeare’s plays inside the castle that dates back to the […]

OSL grows ever more automated

Travelers through Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen (OSL) are discovering that security control is the only part of procedures that isn’t automated. Now even ticket control is carried out by a machine. Installation of the new machines, which were put into use last week, cost around NOK 6 million, but airport officials expect the savings in labour […]

Woman denied boarding dumps cat at Oslo’s airport

A young woman en route to London opted to simply abandon her cat in its cage at Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen on Monday, allegedly hiding it behind other luggage in a remote corner of the main terminal. She’d been denied a ticket to fly with the cat in the cabin, reported local newspaper Eidsvoll Ullensaker Blad. The […]

Historic ships secure state support

The graceful old vessel "Skibladner" has secured some funding for needed maintenance. The vessel is due to operated on Lake Mjøsa once again during the summer months. PHOTO: Wikipedia

Norway’s only paddle-wheel steamer, Skibladner, and 77 other historic vessels have secured up to NOK 60 million (USD 7.5 million) in funding from preservation  agency Riksantikvaren. Skibladner, known as the “White Swan” on Norway’s largest lake, Mjøsa, will receive NOK 1.69 million in the latest round of appropriations from the agency. The vessel, which sailed its maiden voyage in […]

US doughnut franchise eyes Norway

Norway finally seems to be attracting more international franchises and fast-food, for better or worse. The latest to announce its entry into Norway is Dunkin’ Donuts, the American doughnut shop that seems intent on modeling itself more like a coffee shop than the proverbial greasy spoon. Grease is, unavoidably, a key element behind the venerable […]

First ‘russ’ weekend marred by rape

Despite pleas for a non-violent party season for graduating high school students this year, a young woman reported being raped during their first weekend of celebrations. News bureau NTB reported that police in Halden, just over the border from Sweden, were told that a 19-year-old woman was raped by one or more assailants during a large gathering of […]