Orderuds seek reopening of triple murder probe

Per and Veronica Orderud, convicted in 2002 in connection with the triple murder of Per Orderud’s parents and sister at the family farm northeast of Oslo, formally filed Friday for a re-opening of the case. They still insist they’re not guilty, after spending nearly 16 years in prison. Both were sentenced to Norway’s longest prison […]

Midsummer cool and cloudy

The sun was turning on Thursday, the summer solstice that would have been the longest and sunniest day of the year if it weren’t for all the clouds over much of the country. The weather has also been cool if not downright chilly, but now it’s supposed to warm up again. “The trend now for […]

Mass murderer’s appeal rejected

The European Court of Human Rights won’t hear an appeal by Norwegian right-wing extremist and convicted mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik. The court in Strasbourg branded Breivik’s complaint that his prison conditions in Norway were inhumane as being “manifestly ill-founded.” Breivik, who has changed his name to Fjotolf Hansen, had appealed to the court in […]

Restless youth worry researchers

More teenagers are smoking hash and being subjected to violence in Oslo. The results of a new study of youngsters in the Norwegian capital is worrying researchers. Their findings documented a marked rise in drug use among youth aged 13-19. There’s also been an increase in the numbers of youngsters with behavioral problems, and involvement […]

Jensen keeps mortgage rules strict

Finance Minister Siv Jensen has decided to extend some strict mortgage rules imposed last year on capital requirements and fewer tax breaks for investors. The goal is to keep speculators from driving up real estate prices in an already hot housing market. Analyses from financial authorities and the central bank show that the rules imposed […]

Air ambulance pilots agree to fly

The labour organization representing pilots in Norway, Norsk Flygerforbund, has reached an agreement with the new operator of the country’s air ambulance service. Conflicts remain between operator Babcock Scandinavian AirAmbulance and aircraft technicians, so the air ambulances still face groundings. News bureau NTB reported that the pilots and Babcock settled their differences after late-night negotiations […]

Snow dusts the mountains

The mountains of Southern Norway are supposed to be welcoming summer tourists, hikers and cyclists at this time of year, but folks in Sognefjellet, Valdresflyet and Hardangervidda woke up Tuesday to find wet snow that had dusted the landscape. With more snow expected this week, highway officials are urging caution when driving on mountain roads. […]

Peace brokers gather in Oslo again

Some of the the world’s worst wars and crises were being discussed behind closed doors in Oslo this week, as peace brokers, diplomats and top politicians gathered once again at a relatively secluded hotel in the forest at Losby. The historic Losby Gods hotel and its golf course would provide the idyllic setting for this […]

Heavy rain closed roads

The skies opened up and rain poured down on areas all over Southern Norway on Sunday, following some welcome showers last week, too. The deluge that hit during the weekend, though, disrupted traffic after it flooded roads including the E6 highway south from Oslo. Motorists found themselves stuck in a traffic jam that extended for […]

IAG boss still wants Norwegian

Shares in Norwegian Air jumped again after the chief executive of International Airlines Group (IAG) said he still wants to buy the Oslo-based airline. Willie Walsh claimed he remained “open-minded” about Norwegian, sending stock in its parent company Norwegian Air Shuttle (NAS) up both on Thursday and again on Friday. NAS still isn’t trading anywhere […]