Former Nobel leader dies


History professor Francis Sejersted, a longtime leader of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, died during the night after a lengthy illness. He was involved in the selection of 18 Nobel Peace Prize winners during his long term on the board, including some of the most controversial and historic. Sejersted, who also served as chairman of Norway’s Fritt Ord foundation, which champions […]

A new opera star is born

Lise Davidsen

Some opera lovers were already calling her Norway’s new Kirsten Flagstad even before she won The Queen Sonja International Music Competition in Oslo over the weekend. Now, after securing the first victory for a Norwegian in eight years, Lise Davidsen is another step on her way towards what seems destined to be a brilliant career. At age 28, […]

Royals mum about luxury yacht holiday

Haakon and Mette-Marit

Norway’s royal family willingly posed for photos when King Harald and Queen Sonja invited their two children and all their grandchildren on a private tour of Finnmark in Northern Norway this summer, and they’re even posted on the royal family’s own web site. Neither Crown Prince Haakon nor Crown Princess Mette-Marit would answer any questions, however, about […]

New head coach for women’s football


Roger Finjord has been tapped to take over as the new head coach for Norway’s national women’s football team. He’ll succeed Even Pellerud, who announced his immediate resignation earlier in the day. “I’ve had some fine years with women’s national team and been very inspired and motivated for the job,” Pellerud told state broadcaster NRK. […]

Norway Cup’s boss moves on

PHOTO: Arbeiderpartiet

After 39 years as the widely acclaimed “general” of Norway Cup, the world’s biggest youth football tournament that ended over the weekend, Frode Kyvåg has left the playing fields for good. He says he’s not ready for the bingo parlor yet, though, and is already hatching a new career in Oslo city politics. “As chief […]

US ambassador nominee testifies


Samuel Heins, the wealthy Minnesota attorney who’s been nominated by US President Barack Obama to be the next US ambassador to Norway, seems to have survived his grilling by a US Senate committee last week. That means the US finally may put an envoy in place in Oslo, after two years without. The absence of a […]

Queen helps teens after boat accident

Queen Sonja

Two teenagers out on a boat off the island of Tjøme this week came to the aid of an injured girl in the water, and they all ended up getting help from none other than Queen Sonja. She was spending her summer holidays at her family’s vacation home nearby. Randi Auran Neset from Skien and Markus Solberg […]

Top skier broke her left hand

Therese Johaug

Therese Johaug, one of Norway’s top cross-country skiers, fell during a training round at Seiser Alm in Switzerland and was due to undergo surgery on Tuesday. Officials at Norway’s national skiing federation downplayed the seriousness of her accident, though. “Therese will undergo a simple surgical procedure at a clinic in Davos early tomorrow, during which two […]

Veteran Yara executive fired


Tor Holba, a longtime top executive at Oslo-based fertilizer firm Yara International, has been fired after an Oslo court convicted him and three other former Yara bosses on corruption charges last week. He has appealed his conviction and prison term of two years, but Yara didn’t want to wait for a final outcome in what’s been Norway’s […]

Kristoff saddled up for ‘Le Tour’


Alexander Kristoff is one of only two Norwegians cycling in this year’s Tour de France, which starts rolling on Saturday. He has one of the highest-status starting points for a Norwegian ever, though, as captain of his Russian Team Katusha. “This is both historic and special,” Kristoff’s manager and stepfather, Stein Ørn, told newspaper Dagsavisen on […]