Rolls-Royce Maritime workers celebrate takeover

“I’ve only seen smiles all day,” the leader of Rolls-Royce Maritime in Ulsteinvik told newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN), after announcing that Norway’s Kongsberggruppen was taking over the company for GBP 500 million. The deal brings the propeller producer, with 370 employees, back under Norwegian ownership. “We have been waiting a long time for a clarification” […]

Three Norwegians in Tour de France

Cycling veteran Alexander Kristoff of Stavanger was once again rolling out from the starting line in the Tour de France on Saturday. Edvald Boasson Hagen of Lillehammer was too, along with 24-year-old Amund Grøndahl Jansen from Nes in Akersus, who’s making his debut in the world’s biggest bike race. “It will be exhausting, but hopefully […]

More Turkish citizens seek asylum

Immigration officials released figures for the first half of this year showing that more citizens of Turkey are seeking asylum in Norway. They claim they’re being persecuted by Turkish officials who continue to crack down on opposition to the country’s increasingly authoritarian government. Most of those seeking asylum say they’ve been tied to the Gülen […]

Man ‘imprisoned’ another man for two years

Police in Oppland County have arrested a man in his 60s, and charged him with holding another man against his will for up to two years. The bizarre case was unfolding this week in a courtroom in Gjøvik. The man in his 40s has described the circumstances under which he lived as “hell.” His attorney […]

Oslo Pride broke financial records, too

Organizers of this year’s Oslo Pride festival have already been able to revel in record-breaking participation and spectators when celebrations climaxed with the annual Pride Parade on Saturday. Now they’re reporting record profits as well, and may actually hire some staff instead of relying strictly on volunteers. An estimated 40,000 people were out marching along […]

Nobel Institute drops concert

After years of mounting an internationally televised concert in connection with the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, the Norwegian Nobel Institute says it’s taking “temporary leave” to “re-think” the concert’s format and content. There will be no concert after this year’s prize is awarded in December, also a reflection of the concert’s “challenging financial situation” in […]

Trolltunga’s parking fees hiked

Tourists and Norwegians alike face not only a demanding hike after parking at the closest lot to Trolltunga’s trailhead this summer. They also face a steep hike in the parking fee itself. The price now seems nearly as high as Trolltunga’s unique rock formation, but local officials claim it was necessary to cover costs related […]

Norway cheers for Sweden

Thousands of people, gathered to collectively watch the World Cup on outdoor screens in Oslo, burst into loud jubilation Tuesday afternoon when Sweden’s national men’s football team beat Switzerland and secured Sweden a spot in the World Cup quarter finals. It’s not often that Norwegians cheer for Swedes, but their neighbours now represent Scandinavia’s last […]

Trains spark fires again

Trains on the rail line between Oslo and Gjøvik, which is used by thousands of commuters, ground to a halt again on Monday after a braking train set off sparks that ignited tinder dry shrubbery and grass along the tracks. The fires were extinguished before any evacuations of residents along the tracks at Nittedal were […]

New laws aid travelers, teens, parents

Several new laws took effect from July 1, including one aimed at improving the rights of consumers while out traveling. Another prevents marriage before the age of 18, while yet another gives parents more paid leave in cases of twins, triplets or even more multiple births. The law that may affect the most people gives […]