Parliament’s president seeks re-election

Olemic Thommessen, the veteran politician for the Conservatives Party, isn’t hanging his head in shame. Despite being the target of massive criticism during his term as Stortingspresident (President of the Norwegian Parliament), he wants to hang on to his job instead. “I’m making myself available for the party, where it wants to use me,” Thommessen […]

IOC member passes the torch

Gerhard Heiberg has been a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the past 23 years. At the age of 78, he passed the torch to another Norwegian at an IOC meeting in Lima, Peru over the weekend. Kristin Kloster Aasen, age 56, said she was both “proud but very humble” to take on the […]

Jagland blames media for Labour’s loss

As Norway’s Labour Party examines reasons for its terrible election results last week, one of its former leaders and Norwegian prime ministers came up with a reason of his own. Thorbjørn Jagland, now secretary general of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, blamed the Norwegian media, and ended up getting blasted in Norway himself. Jagland was upset […]

Fugelli dies after sharing the process

Norway lost another symbol of its national conscience on Wednesday, when doctor and professor Per Fugelli died eight years after being diagnosed with cancer. He used his terminal illness to try to demystify the process of dying, and what it means for human dignity. Fugelli went through five operations and years of cancer treatments that he […]

Tributes pour in for late professor

Frank Aarebrot was one of Norway’s most well-known and cherished professors. His death just before the country’s parliamentary election on Monday was setting off sorrow and a stream of tributes, since Aarebrot was one of Norway’s foremost election experts who willingly shared his insight and explained Norwegian politics also to folks far from his packed classrooms and […]

Brende adds to pressure on Suu Kyi

Foreign Minister Børge Brende has joined international calls for Nobel Peace Prize Winner Aung San Suu Kyi to stop the violence against the Rohingya Muslims in her native Burma/Myanmar. Brende claims that as a Nobel Laureate, Suu Kyi has a special responsibility to help the ethnic minority that has been harassed for years. At least 123,000 […]

Football boss rejects calls to quit

Calls were going out on Tuesday for the resignation of Nils Johan Semb, a former coach of Norway’s national football team who’s held the title of “top football chief” in the country’s national football federation NFF since 2009. With both the women’s and men’s teams in crisis after a string of poor performances and internal […]

Star player blasts football leaders

Norwegian football star Ada Hegerberg, one of the world’s top players, has issued the ultimate penalty to the Norwegian Football Federation (NFF) by quitting the national team and blasting those running it. She shocked not only the country’s football bureaucrats but her teammates as well. “I think NFF has a helluva long way to go, […]

Johaug drops doping appeal

As the shock subsides over Therese Johaug’s 18-month suspension from the sport she loves, the skiing star herself has decided not to appeal her doping verdict to Switzerland’s Supreme Court. She’s now training for an expected comeback when her suspension ends on April 17, 2018. “There was an extremely small chance the case would be taken up […]

‘Be nice,’ urges new UiO rector

When the University of Oslo’s new rector, Svein Stølen, welcomed students at the start of the new academic year last week, among the advice he offered them was a suggestion to “be nice” to one another. That pretty much sums up the approach Stølen is taking after being named to lead Norway’s largest institution of higher learning […]