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 […]

Solskjær eyed as new Molde coach

Ole Gunnar Solskjær

Norwegian football legend Ole Gunnar Solskjær has emerged as a top candidate to return to the football club in Molde and take over for departing coach Tor Ole Skullerud. The popular Solskjær, who spent many successful years playing for Manchester United, served as Molde’s coach from 2011 to 2013 and led the football club to win […]

Northug quietly served his time

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Top Norwegian skier Petter Northug, disgraced in a drunk-driving accident last year, disclosed this week that he’s already finished serving his detention time by wearing an ankle cuff that restricted his movements for 50 days this spring. He also paid a fine of NOK 185,000 (USD 24,000). “I’ve taken my punishment, I’m finished with that,” Northug told […]

New Statoil chairman takes over


Øystein Løseth took over as the new leader of Statoil’s board of directors on Wednesday, and he’s no stranger to writedowns and cutting staff. His downsizing experience from his years at Swedish energy firm Vattenfall will likely come in handy as Statoil also goes through a major reduction program. Løseth joined Statoil’s board two weeks before […]

DNV’s outgoing boss bashes tax avoiders


It’s not everyday that a business executive speaks out in favour of paying taxes, especially at the United Nations. Last week, however, the outgoing chief executive of large Norwegian classification society DNV-GL bashed companies that actively avoid paying taxes in countries where they do business. He also urged more climate accountability and denounced business’ lust for […]

Carlsen tried for a comeback

Magnus Carlsen

UPDATED: After getting off to a terrible start at the Norway Chess tournament in Stavanger, Magnus Carlsen was breathing a bit easier on Tuesday. He even smiled after logging his first victory over the weekend, but the tournament has turned into a major disappointment for the Norwegian two-time world champion and is hurting his top ranking. Carlsen […]