Oxford scholar wins Abel Prize

Sir Andrew J Wiles

He’s considered one of the world’s greatest contemporary mathematicians, and on Tuesday Sir Andrew J Wiles was in Oslo to receive this year’s Abel Prize. It’s been described as the equivalent of a Nobel Prize in mathematics, and Wiles seemed delighted to receive it. Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon stepped in for his father, King Harald […]

Hockey players hail departing coach

Roy Johansen

Norway’s national ice hockey team not only won a World Championship match on their own national day, the 17th of May, on Tuesday, but they also named their much-loved head coach Roy Johansen as the best on the ice. It was Johansen’s last match as head coach, and the got quite a send-off. He claimed […]

Critics blast coach’s North Korea move

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Human rights advocates at Amnesty and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee were not at all happy that a Norwegian-German football coach has taken a job as head of the national football team for North Korea. They think Jørn Andersen, who played for Norway’s own national squad from 1985-1990, will become a brick in North Korea’s propaganda machine. “I’m very surprised that […]

Zuccarello back in the world championships

Zuccarello

UPDATED: It’s been six years since Norwegian hockey star Mats Zuccarello of the New York Rangers has played on his own country’s national team in the Ice Hockey World Championships. Injuries and post-league play kept him away, but he’s back now, even though that didn’t help save Norway’s opening match over the weekend. The Norwegians […]

Coming soon: ‘Magnus,’ the movie

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Fresh from victory last week on home turf in the Norway Chess tournament, Magnus Carlsen can now start concentrating on defending his World Championship title this fall – and making his debut as a movie star. The film simply entitled Magnus will have its premiere in Norway on September 2. It already attracted broad interest […]

AUF leader lands in trouble

Mani Hussaini, new AUF leader

Mani Hussaini, the leader of the Labour Party’s youth organization AUF, landed in a heap of trouble this week after referring to Immigration Minister Sylvi Listhaug as the equivalent of a cranky old hag. Now Listhaug, in an ironic twist, has come to his defense. It all started during the May Day labour celebrations on […]

Erik Solheim confirmed for UN post

Erik Solheim

UPDATED: Norway’s former government minister for the environment is set to become chief of the entire world’s environmental program. As newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported on Monday, Solheim will take over as head of the United Nations’ Environment Programme (UNEP), with the title of “executive director.” The appointment was confirmed on Tuesday by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Solheim […]

Telenor chair backs Brekke

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Gunn Wærsted, who recently took over as board chair of Telenor, was harsh in her criticism of Telenor’s former leadership but says she has confidence in new CEO Sigve Brekke, even though he was found to have embellished his resumé. “That hasn’t been a theme at any of the board meetings since I took over […]

Telenor’s ex-CEO defends his record

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Jon Fredrik Baksaas came back swinging over the weekend, after an internal investigation into his years as chief executive of Telenor uncovered weak leadership. “I have not shown poor judgment,” Baksaas insisted to newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) on Saturday, while a professor countered that he has indeed. “It must be the definition of chronically poor […]

Listhaug draws praise, ridicule

Sylvi Listhaug

NEWS ANALYSIS: She’s been called Norway’s equivalent of Donald Trump and been bashed for her tough treatment of both Norwegian farmers and, more recently, refugees. Immigration Minister Sylvi Listhaug also, however, won unexpected praise from refugee advocates on Monday and a standing ovation at her political party’s annual meeting over the weekend. One thing is clear: Listhaug […]