‘Musical ambassadors’ head for Oslo

The Norwegian Military Tattoo will get underway for the 14th time this weekend, when Norway’s defense department will be welcoming marching bands and other military music corps to the Oslo Spektrum arena from April 20-22. The event is billed as a major international attraction, with 850 participants from eight countries. Among them are members of […]

Norway has the oldest students in Europe

College and university students in Norway are the oldest in Europe, according to new numbers from state statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway). Fully 25 percent of Norwegian students are over the age of 30. Norway has long had much older students than those in the US, for example, where most college students come directly from […]

Ministry delays decision on Oil Fund investing

Finance Minister Siv Jensen doesn’t want Norway’s huge sovereign Oil Fund to invest in unlisted shares, but her ministry is still evaluating whether it could invest in so-called “unlisted infrastructure” such as solar energy parks or windmills projects, bridges, airports and hydroelectric plants. The ruling Conservative Party, with which Jensen’s Progress Party shares government power, […]

Series wins two prizes in Cannes

NRK’s new drama series about how the oil industry changed Norway won two prizes when it debuted this week at the new International Series Festival in Cannes. Its cast and producers were celebrating. The series, called Lykkeland/State of Happiness, was one of 10 series chosen from 130 entries to be shown at the festival in […]

Asylum seekers decline by half

A total of 674 people sought asylum in Norway during the first three months of this year, just over half the number who sought asylum in the first quarter of last year. There aren’t fewer people fleeing war and poverty, it’s just become much harder to get to Northern Europe. The numbers of new arrivals […]

Plane belly-flopped in Stavanger

A propeller plane came in from the north for landing at the airport in Stavanger Monday morning without its pilot being aware that the plane’s landing gear hadn’t come down. The plane thus made a hard landing on the belly of its fuselage, but it came to a stop and no one was injured. The […]

Price hike delays Norske Skog sale

A rise in the price of newsprint seems to have delayed the anxiously awaited sale of Norwegian forest products company Norske Skog. Newsprint is one of the company’s major products, and higher prices for it may be affecting the firm’s valuation. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported on Friday that newsprint prices have risen as much […]

Conservatives ban the ‘nachspiel’

Norway’s Conservative Party is holding its annual national meeting (landsmøte) this weekend, without one potentially troublesome feature: the notorious nachspiel. They’re the late-night parties-after-the-party, and the Conservatives have found it necessary to crack down on them. They’ll also be serving less alcoholic beverages during the weekend, when around 700 party members are gathered at a […]

Norwegian arrested in Colombia

A Norwegian man who served prison time in Norway on narcotics charges before moving to South America has been arrested along with 12 others in Colombia, suspected of being part of a major cocaine-smuggling league. The young man, who has not been identified in line with Norwegian press guidelines, has been charged as one of […]

Avalanche accidents double

Nearly twice as many people have reported being involved in avalanches so far this winter compared to last year, just as the so-called topptur season of climbing up to mountaintops and skiing down them has begun. One skier has already been killed, in an avalanche at Lofoten last weekend, while 12 French tourists narrowly escaped […]