Conflicts arise over lawn-mowing on Sundays

Many Norwegians think it’s only illegal in Norway to mow their lawns during church hours on Sundays, from 11am to noon, but the law against it actually applies to the whole day, police confirm. They’re often contacted during the summer months by people irritated over neighbours disturbing the peace, and this year has been no exception. “We […]

Kristoff third in Tour de France’s final sprint

Norway’s star cyclist Alexander Kristoff finished third in the sprint on the final day of the Tour de France down Paris’ Champs-Elysees on Sunday, ending what otherwise was a disappointing race over the past three weeks. He’s considered dropping “le Tour” next year. Norwegian media reported that Kristoff actually had a chance of finally winning a lap, […]

Norway Cup gets off to a very wet start

Rain was pouring down and temperatures dipped into the low teens on Sunday as this year’s annual Norway Cup, the largest youth football tournament in the world, got underway in Oslo. The tournament is being arranged for the 43rd year and remains popular, with 4,200 matches to be played by a record number 1,639 teams […]

Major fire in Tønsberg forced evacuations

A fire in a warehouse complex in Tønsberg continued to burn out of control Thursday evening, sending off huge volcano-like flumes of smoke and ash and forcing evacuations in a nearby residential area. Two people were sent to hospital for smoke inhalation. The fire blazed all afternoon and firefighters expected to be battling it all […]

Bus accident closed Trollstigen

Norway's challenging mountain road called "Trollstigen" best known for its challenging hairpin turns. PHOTO: Wikipedia Commons

UPDATED: It happened again on Thursday: A tour bus driver failed to negotiate one of the sharp hairpin turns on Norway’s popular County Road 63, better known as Trollstigen in Romsdal. The bus got stuck, blocking traffic heading both up and down the mountainside. The road, recently designated one of Norway’s especially scenic highways for […]

Labour’s youth group sees huge post-July 22 growth

The Norwegian Labour Party’s youth group AUF has seen its membership grow by more than 40 percent since it was attacked by a right-wing extremist on July 22, 2011. The attacks both on AUF’s summer camp island of Utøya and on the government complex in downtown Oslo clearly have inspired support. “I got involved because […]

Bergen police launch hunt for church arsonist

Police in Bergen fear they may have another church arsonist on their hands, after someone tried to light a fire at a back entrance to the city’s cathedral during the night. Firefighters quickly put it out. An investigation was underway while church officials in and around Bergen boosted security. Bergen’s historic Fantoft stave church was burned […]

SAS wins contract for prisoner transport

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has won a state contract to transport Norwegian prisoners to the Netherlands, where Norway struck a deal to confine them in Dutch jails because of a shortage of jail space at home. SAS will use one of its ordinary Boeing 737 charter jets with specially trained crew to fly 242 prisoners from Norway […]

Giant water slide in Oslo draws fans

Around 58,000 Norwegians have indicated they’d be keen on hurling themselves down a giant waterslide in Oslo, if organizers can manage to pull it off. City officials, meanwhile, say they haven’t received any applications for permission to hold such an unusual event. The idea was launched by a young Norwegian named Erik Holm, who spread […]

Sheep-napping puzzles police

Four sheep disappeared from where they were grazing in Vinstra in the valley of Gudbrandsdalen Friday evening, only to turn up more than 80 kilometers away in Lillehammer Saturday morning. The rancher owning them has reported them as being kidnapped. “I’m shocked that someone can think of doing this,” rancher Ståle Roven told newspaper GD. “I can […]