Tranby murder case pits mother against children

A dramatic murder case continued in a Drammen courtroom this week, nearly two years after the badly burned body of a top shipping executive in Oslo was found in his wife’s charred BMW in the small town of Tranby, southwest of the capital. Prosecutors believe his wife killed him, and so do the couple’s children. […]

Svalbard eclipse prompts warnings

Authorities on Norway’s Arctic archipelago of Svalbard are bracing for an onslaught of tourists in connection with the solar eclipse on March 20. That’s prompted them to issue warnings to the public, in an effort to avoid over-capacity. “Since Longyearbyen (the main settlement on Svalbard) is a small town, we can have problems when so […]

Ministers seek to enforce animal welfare

After years of complaints that animal protection laws are not enforced in Norway, and that cruelty cases go unpunished, two key government ministers aim to set up what they’re calling a dyrepoliti – literally, a police force for animals. Most animal protection cases have been the responsibility of the state food safety agency Mattilsynet, and have involved cases […]

Parliament to investigate ‘Scandinavian Star’ fire

A majority of members of the Norwegian Parliament support the establishment of an independent commission to investigate the deadly fire on board the cruise-ferry Scandinavian Star when it sailed from Oslo to Copenhagen in April 1990. The fire claimed the lives of 159 people on board the ship, 136 of them Norwegian. Even though the fire […]

State probes suspected student loan swindles

Norway’s state student loan and grant agency Lånekassen suspects that some students are swindling the state for millions by claiming coverage of living expenses even though they actually are living at home with their parents. Lånekassen officials have sent letters to an estimated 50,000 students, demanding that they document their living arrangements and prove that […]

Joshua French suffering from malaria in prison

Joshua French, the young Norwegian-British man who’s serving a life sentence in a jail in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has become seriously ill with what’s believed to be malaria. His mother reported that his condition worsened on Tuesday and he may be transferred to a military hospital. Kari Hilde French has been living in Kinshasa for […]

Oslo wolf goes missing

One of the wolves that seemed to have established themselves in Oslo’s eastern forest known as Østmarka has gone missing and is feared dead. Some fear she’s been a victim of illegal hunting. The wolf was among those photographed in late 2013 by cameras set up by wildlife officials who’ve been tracking the wolves’ movements. Conservationists […]

Critics sound sour note over music prizes

Some Norwegian music critics were singing the blues on Monday after the annual music awards show called Spellemannprisen played out on state broadcaster NRK over the weekend. Most of the criticism came over the choice of the show’s special award of merit. Often seen as a sort of lifetime achievement, the so-called Hederspris went this year […]

Oil capital’s hotels hit hard

Nearly 60 percent of the hotel rooms in Norway’s oil capital of Stavanger were vacant last month. Diving oil prices, cost-cutting in the oil sector and a big increase in hotel capacity were being blamed for the high vacancy rate. The economic downturn caused by the slowdown in the oil industry continued in full force […]

Oslo crime rate tumbles

The number of crimes reported to police in Oslo fell 13.6 percent last year, reports news bureau NTB. Robberies were at their lowest level for 25 years. The new statistics for 2014 show a decline in nearly all types of crime. The Oslo Police District released figures showing a total of 74,613 reported cases of crime […]