Three survive avalanche

Another avalanche thundered down the steep slopes of the Sunnmøre Alps around the town of Sykkylven on Friday, but three persons caught in it managed to dig themselves out. Avalanche danger remains extremely high in the mountains of southern Norway, also in the eastern hills and mountains around Trysil. Officials had already warned of high […]

Pastor charged with domestic violence

A pastor in the Norwegian Church has been arrested in the middle of the country’s Easter holidays and charged with domestic violence, confirmed the Sunnmøre Police District on Friday. He faces a custody hearing on Saturday. Prosecutor Mathias Häber told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that the defendant, a pastor in a town in northwestern Norway that […]

Russ season off to a ‘disappointing’ start

A regional president of this year’s “Russ,” the graduating high school students who party hard for several weeks beginning around Easter, said she was “disappointed” that six of her fellow Russ in Sandnes, western Norway, immediately got in trouble for taping a 17-year-old girl to a post in a city park and throwing eggs at […]

Transport Minister steps on the gas again

Norway’s new transport minister from the Progress Party, Ketil Solvik-Olsen, has managed to bypass congestion on another new stalled highway project. His goal is to streamline and speed up the country’s notoriously slow road construction. It was just last month that Solvik-Olsen could offer relief to the thousands of motorists who’ve been stuck in heavy […]

Strike threat grows at Norwegian

Turbulence continued this week at Norwegian Air, as the threat of a major strike reported earlier this month grew. More than a thousand flight attendants may walk off the job from April 30 unless their labour dispute with Norwegian is settled in mediation. Labour federation Parat is now threatening to pull 1,300  employees of Norwegian […]

Singles mingle in the mountains

It started as an April Fools’ joke – a decree by the Norwegian Trekking Association (Den Norske Turistforening, DNT) that nature lovers heading for the mountains this Easter should wear a green wool cap if they’re single, red if they’re taken, and orange or yellow if “it’s complicated.” While DNT said it had a long […]

Solberg calls for calm over Ukraine

The Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg called for calm on Wednesday as tensions between Russia and Ukraine continued to rise. Russian President Vladamir Putin warned of a civil war within Ukraine, but Norwegian experts said Russia is looking for an excuse to officially enter the country.  Ukrainian authorities said heavily armed, well-trained Russian soldiers had […]

Technical issues close stock exchange

UPDATED: Technical problems left Norway’s stock exchange, the Oslo Børs, closed until 11 o’clock on Wednesday morning. Brokers did not think there would be significant consequences, because the trading day was scheduled to end at one o’clock anyway because of the Easter break. It was not the worst day for the problem to happen, because […]

Costs threaten Bergen orchestra

The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester, BFO) revealed on Tuesday its pension costs are NOK 60 million (USD 10 million) higher than estimated, and it needs to dramatically reduce its activities. The unexpected costs threaten the BFO‘s 250th anniversary celebrations planned for next year. The orchestra is one of several cultural institutions that have […]

Resorts count the cost of poor season

Eikedalen in Hordaland closed before Easter for the first time in 30 years, while in other parts of Norway record snowfalls have extended the season. The Alpine Association (Alpinanleggenes Landsforening) said there was unusually large variation between snow depths at resorts this season, but ultimately bad weather has driven profits down. The total turnover from […]