Skier Svindal joins Jansrud in US

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Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway’s downhill skiing star, has been back on skis this past week after tearing his Achilles tendon in a freak accident last autumn. Now he aims to give fellow Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud some competition, after Jansrud won the men’s downhill in Kitzbuhel over the weekend. Jansrud, who won Olympic gold last year […]

Royal spouse dies at 87

Johan Martin Ferner

Johan Martin Ferner, husband of Norway’s Princess Astrid, died over the weekend at the national hospital (Rikshospitalet) in Oslo. King Harald, Princess Astrid’s younger brother, expressed sorrow on behalf of the Royal Palace. “It is with great sorrow we have received the sad messge that Johan Martin Ferner has passed away,” King Harald declared in an […]

Nesbø’s books still selling well

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Norwegian author Jo Nesbø sold 860,000 books printed in English for more than NOK 60 million last year, reports newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN). The multi-talented Nesbø is best known as a crime writer, but now he’s earning millions as a children’s author as well. Nesbø was once a talented football player for Molde, one of […]

Billionaire gives away more billions

Trond Mohn

Bergen-based billionaire Trond Mohn is at it again, giving away more billions to what he considers worthy causes. This time the proceeds come from his sale of five tankers for USD 295 million. That amounts to more than NOK 2 billion and Mohn told newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) that he intends to give away most […]

Activist Stordalen begins recovery

Environmental activist, doctor and celebrity philanthropist Gunhild Stordalen is trying to battle a rare and life-threatening disease. PHOTO: GreeNudge/EAT Forum

Environmental and nutrition activist Gunhild Stordalen, diagnosed last fall with a life-threatening disease, has been released from the hospital in the Netherlands where she’s been undergoing experimental treatment. Her husband, hotel tycoon Petter Stordalen, said the treatment was successful but his wife still faces a long recovery and high risk of infection. The high-profile Stordalens have […]

Støre’s popularity soars in new poll

Jonas Gahr Støre

Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre ended the week with a solid majority of voter support, despite facing some of the harshest criticism he’s met since taking over as Labour’s boss in June. According to a new public opinion poll released this week, more than half of Norway’s voters want Støre to be prime minister. The poll, […]

Ødegaard charmed TV audience

Martin Ødegaard

Norway’s teenage football sensation Martin Ødegaard charmed a national TV audience over the weekend when he delivered a thank-you speech at an annual sports gala after winning an award for making the biggest breakthrough of the year. Speculation continues to swirl over the 16-year-old’s future. Ødegaard became the youngest athlete to ever win the award at state […]

Bjørgen cried over latest victory

Marit Bjørgen

Marit Bjørgen retained her throne as Norway’s undisputed ski queen on Sunday after finally winning the Tour de Ski at Val di Fiemme, but was reduced to tears over her latest victory. Martin Johnsrud Sundby, meanwhile, won the men’s Tour de Ski as the Norwegian dominance of international Nordic skiing competition continued. “I thought maybe […]

Northug kicks up new fuss

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Norway’s “bad boy” of skiing, Petter Northug, is back in form, both on and off the ski trails. After a few days of leading the pack in this week’s Tour de Ski, Northug kicked up a fuss by making light of his drunk-driving conviction last spring, and then not regretting a thing. The occasion was his […]

Mullah Krekar to be released

Mullah Krekar

UPDATED: Norway’s single most controversial refugee, Mullah Krekar, will soon be released from the prison where he’s been serving time after threatening the lives of three Kurds and Conservative politician Erna Solberg, who’s now Norway’s prime minister. The government vows to step up efforts to deport him, while his brother reportedly is trying to arrange his safe return […]