Stoltenbergs delve into family’s loss

Nini Stoltenberg was the daughter of top Norwegian politicians and the sister of a prime minister, who now heads NATO, and a doctor who leads Norway’s health directorate. They’re still wondering, along with many others, how she could have become a heroin addict who died at an early age, so her father asked one of […]

Liberals’ leader survives scandal

NEWS ANALYSIS: One of the newest ministers in the Norwegian government, Trine Skei Grande, had the worst possible start to her Liberal Party’s annual national meeting over the weekend, and it got worse underway. Grande seems, however, to have survived a decade-old sex scandal, low standings in the polls and disagreement among party members, at […]

Norway loses a seafarers’ hero

Jon Michelet was a journalist, newspaper editor, local politican, labour activist, TV anchor and, most of all, a best-selling author who won lots of awards. Many Norwegians  were thus mourning his death from cancer during the weeknd, but heartened that he’d managed to keep writing to the bitter end. That meant that he also managed […]

Crown couple scolds magazine

Norway’s Crown Princess Mette-Marit and her husband Crown Prince Haakon have once again made it clear that they only want press coverage of their children on their own terms. They publicly objected on Friday, via the official website of the Royal Palace, to a local magazine’s front-page coverage of Mette-Marit’s 21-year-old son’s new romantic relationship […]

Skiing star Bjørgen goes out on top

UPDATED: Marit Bjørgen, who just became the most-winning Winter Olympian of all time, has decided to retire from professional cross-country skiing while she’s still the world’s reigning ski queen. She’ll ski her last race on Saturday in the Norwegian championships now underway in Alta. She was smiling and joked with reporters before another race on […]

Frp ‘wonderboy’ is new justice minister

UPDATED: Tor Mikkel Wara, a former liberal star within Norway’s conservative Progress Party, has made a major political comeback. Prime Minister Erna Solberg presented Wara on Wednesday afternoon as her new justice minister after an extraordinary Council of State at the Royal Palace. Both newspaper Dagbladet and Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) had reported earlier in the […]

Israeli ambassador offends Norwegians

Israel’s ambassador to Norway, Raphael Schutz, has stirred up protests from Norwegian political leaders on both the right and the left after he described one of his many a Norwegian critics as being 2a descendant of Quisling,” the infamous traitor who sided with the Nazis during World War II. The ruling Conservative Party has reacted […]

Biathlon legend reluctantly retires

After standing on the winners’ platform 256 times in the course of his 24-year-long sports career, Ole Einar Bjørndalen has reluctantly decided to retire after a disappointing winter that was plagued by heart trouble. Norway’s legendary biathlon skiing star was nearly overcome by emotion as he announced on Tuesday that this past season was his […]

Northug breaks a record, stays mum

Finally some good news for Norway’s former skiing sensation Petter Northug: He’s won two Norwegian ski races in recent days including  Sandfjellrennet for the third time on Wednesday. He also broke Sandfjellrennet’s finishing time, but was tight-lipped about his plans for next season as questions rise around his sponsors. Northug beat national team member Didrik […]

‘Dream come true’ for Iditarod winner

Joar Leifseth Ulsom, a 31-year-old musher from Mo i Rana in Northern Norway, was awash in congratulatory messages from back home after he won the famed Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska this week. He was mostly giving credit to his four-legged friends. “It’s quite unbelievable that we managed this, it’s out of this world,” […]