Hockey stars drew a huge crowd

Far more Norwegians showed up for an unusual charity ice hockey match at Oslo’s Ullevaal Stadium over the weekend than normally show up for the football matches normally held there. They were drawn by Norwegian hockey star Mats Zuccarello and other top players from the NHL. “It’s fantastic to see so many people here,” Zuccarello […]

Telenor boss targets Svendsen

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported on Tuesday that the chief executive of Telenor, Sigve Brekke, has tried to squeeze out the company’s lone woman in top management, Berit Svendsen. Several sources told NRK that Svendsen is now fighting to hang on to her post as head of Telenor’s Scandinavian operations. Svendsen, age 55, was a top […]

Youngest Ingebrigtsen wins Euro gold

Jakob Ingebrigtsen, at an age of 17, ran away with the gold medal in the men’s 1,500-meter race at the European Championships Friday night, ahead of his older brothers Henrik and Filip. All three made history by qualifying for the final, and all were medal candidates, but Jakob stole the show. “This is just ridiculous […]

Karsten Warholm wins gold again

Norway’s “crazy” Viking athlete Karsten Warholm won another gold medal, this time at the European Championships in Berlin, when he crossed the finish line first in the men’s 400-meter hurdles race Thursday evening. After donning his customary Viking helmet, he was ready to sum up the race: “It was tough, it cost incredibly much, and […]

Father scolds the Ingebrigtsens

Norway’s highly self-confident Ingebrigtsen brothers all made it into the finals of the 1,500-meter race at the European Championships on Wednesday, but their coach and father wasn’t entirely pleased. He said his three sons need to become “less cocky.” Gjert Ingebrigtsen was glad his sons Henrik (age 27), Filip (25) and Jakob (17) all ran […]

Much-loved TV cook dies at 94

Ingrid Espelid Hovig was Norway’s first  TV cook who taught Norwegians how fish could be prepared in many ways and enjoyed, introduced them to parsley and  brought international tastes and trends into their kitchens while also perfecting Norway’s own traditions. Norwegians were having a hard time digesting her death on Friday despite her age of […]

Labour suffers yet another big loss

Labour Party officials and many others were mourning the death during the weekend of Hans Kristian Amundsen, a former newspaper editor and top adviser to Jens Stoltenberg when Stoltenberg was prime minister of Norway. Amundsen, best known for articulating a nation’s sorrow after the July 22 terror attacks in 2011, was found dead after failing to […]

Tour de France win ‘saved my season’

Norwegian cyclist Alexander Kristoff claims he could forget all the other disappointments of this year’s cycling season when he sailed over the finish line first in the final stage of the Tour de France in Paris on Sunday. “This is so cool, so great!” Kristoff exclaimed right after his triumph in the fabled city with […]

Council of Europe dumps former MP

Karin Woldseth, a former Member of Parliament for Norway’s Progress Party, has been stripped of her title as an honorary member of the Council of Europe’s parliamentary group and banned from entering the Council’s building in Strasbourg. The punitive action came after an independent investigation determined that she violated the Council of Europe’s ethical guidelines […]

Norway mourns a ‘national grandpa’

Tributes were pouring in on Friday afternoon for veteran diplomat and top Labour Party politician Thorvald Stoltenberg. The former foreign- and defense minister, ambassador and affable father of Norway’s former prime minister and now NATO secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, died at his home in Oslo after what his family called a short illness. Stoltenberg’s kitchen […]