Oslo mayor admits tax blunder

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Oslo’s popular mayor, Fabian Stang, asked for public forgiveness on Friday after admitting on his Facebook page that he’d hired a man to paint his holiday cabin without including or withholding taxes on the job. “I have made a fool of myself,” Stang wrote. Stang paid NOK 42,000 (USD 7,000) for the paint job directly […]

Hagen rolls into new team

Edvald Boasson Hagen

Edvald Boasson Hagen, the Norwegian cyclist who’s most recently been pedaling for Team Sky, is now joining a South African team after opting against a Russian one. “I think it’s the right decision for me now,” Hagen told reporters after agreeing to sign on with MTN Qhubeka. It’s a second-level team, meaning it needs invitations to […]

Young football comet poses dilemma

Martin Ødegaard

Martin Ødegaard, the 15-year-old Norwegian football comet, failed to score in his first match for the national team, but did well enough to impress coach Per-Mathias Høgmo. Now Høgmo faces a dilemma over whether to let Ødegaard play in two important upcoming matches as well. Ødegaard got good reviews from Norwegian sports commentators on Thursday after Wednesday’s […]

Norwegians seek peace on Cyprus

General Major Kristin Lund

Norway now has not only one top-ranking official trying to keep the peace on Cyprus, but two. Just a week after General Major Kristin Lund made history by becoming the first woman to lead a UN Peacekeeping operation, on Cyprus, former Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide was appointed as the UN’s Special Envoy to Cyprus. […]

All eyes on new football darling

Martin Ødegaard

As Norway’s national football team underwent its latest generation shift this week, the media was captivated by its new youngest member ever. Martin Ødegaard, just 15 years old, seemed mature beyond his age, though, as he patiently answered questions and seemed entirely void of youthful bravado. Many teenagers selected to play on their country’s national […]

Princess faces longer school days

Ingrid Alexandra

As Princess Ingrid Alexandra arrived at her new private school on her mother’s 41st birthday Tuesday, she faced more than just renewed debate over her parents’ decision to transfer her from the family’s local public school in Asker. In addition to finding new friends, the 10-year-old heir to the throne also faces a daily commute, much […]

Anti-abortion pastor dies at 76

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Børre Knudsen, Norway’s high-profile pastor who often resorted to radical demonstrations of his opposition to abortion, died over the weekend after a long illness. He may best be remembered for dousing himself with sheep’s blood in front of the Norwegian Parliament and tormenting young women by claiming that opting for an abortion was akin to murdering their […]

Northug aims to ‘ski fast’ again

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UPDATED: Norwegian cross-country skier Petter Northug, aiming for a comeback after a poor season that ended in a drunk driving scandal, has managed to retain large Norwegian grocery store owner Coop as his main sponsor. He lost Audi Norge, however, after crashing the expensive Audi he was driving while intoxicated and then leaving an injured passenger at the […]

Carlsen ‘gutted’ over shocking loss

Magnus Carlsen

UPDATED: Chess world champion Magnus Carlsen, full of confidence heading into the Chess Olympiad that’s playing out in Tromsø these days, faced up to his first shocking loss at the large international tournament over the weekend not face-to-face with reporters but with a message on his Facebook page Saturday night. It came hours after he lost to Arkadij Naiditsch […]

Professor accused of racism

Professor Nils Rune Langeland

The dean of the University of Stavanger has called in one of its professors to question him about a comment he wrote on social media that has set off accusations that he’s racist. Professor Nils Rune Langeland’s post on Facebook referred to the “damned Pakistani” who was serving him at a restaurant, and claimed he “hated him […]