Finally a medal for slalom skier Haugen

Leif Kristian Haugen, age 29, has been skiing for Norway on the World Cup circuit for eight years and finally won a place on the winners’ podium Friday – at the World Championships in St Moritz, no less. He howled with joy at the finish line. Haugen won the bronze medal in Friday’s grand slalom […]

Skiing bosses ‘acquitted’ in big medication debate

Officials at Norway’s national skiing federation (Norges Skiforbundet) have been cleared of intentionally misusing asthma medicine or prescribing it for athletes who don’t have asthma. A commission investigating the charges found, however, that the federation has had poor routines and needs to handle medications more seriously. The skiing bosses have been under heavy criticism that exploded […]

Telenor, Statkraft cut hundreds of jobs

Norwegian power company Statkraft and state-controlled telecoms firm Telenor announced more major jobs cuts on Thursday. At Telenor, the cuts were blamed on the ongoing shift to new technology. That’s what’s often leading to job losses these days, as opposed to trade issues and cheaper overseas production. The new job cuts come just a day after […]

Johaug won’t appeal suspension herself

Norwegian skier Therese Johaug has opted against appealing the 13-month suspension from all competition and team training that she was handed last week by a sports tribunal in Norway. Her lawyer told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) Wednesday that she now just wants to concentrate on her skiing and not on an appeal. It remains possible for […]

‘The People’ won in mock trial over Arctic oil

Just days before a landmark legal challenge to oil activity in Norway’s Arctic won a date in court, a mock trial on the controversial issue was carried out during an annual cultural event in the northern Norwegian city of Kirkenes. After three days of staged court hearings, the people wanting to halt Arctic oil activity won […]

More sponsors may dump Johaug

UPDATED: Ski producer Fischer isn’t the only sponsor who may withdraw from contracts they have with Norwegian cross-country skier Therese Johaug. Several other companies that have sponsored her, including Oakley, Colgate and Tagheuser, have a right to revoke contracts following her doping conviction that currently has resulted in a 13-month suspension from her sport. “This […]

Banks team up on new mobile pay system

Around 100 Norwegian banks have joined forces with Norway’s largest bank, DNB, to use DNB’s new mobile payment system known as Vipps. Among them are the SpareBank1 alliance and several other small savings banks, which will become minority owners of the system DNB recently developed to pay via mobile phones. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported that […]

Railroad improvements temporarily close key train line

Work is progressing on Norway’s largest transport project ever, construction of the new Follobanen train line that will run south of Oslo and greatly enhance commuter service. In the meantime, though, the work is forcing some temporary shutdowns of the existing train line, Østfoldbanen, but only on weekends at present. Newspaper Aftenposten reported how Østfoldbanen was […]

New national park plans stalled in Parliament

Plans to create two new national parks, one in the hills and forests just east of Oslo called Østmarka, have been voted down by a majority on the Parliament’s energy and environmental committee. Proponents, however, claim they’re not giving up on the projects. Newspaper Dagsavisen reported during the weekend that the two government parties (the […]

Utøya memorial conflict far from over

A court-bound conflict over construction of a memorial to victims of the massacre on the island of Utøya on July 22, 2011 remains deadlocked, mostly, it seems because of poor communication among all those involved. An attempt at compromise was lost just before the weekend, because those living near a potential memorial site were once again left out of the […]