Confident Carlsen promotes chess


Fresh from another victorious tournament, and flush with success from his efforts to promote chess, Norwegian champion Magnus Carlsen was making headlines in Oslo before flying off to New York over the weekend. Carlsen was full of confidence, to the point that he admonished his adversaries. “Sometimes I think ‘now you guys need to sharpen up!”” Carlsen […]

Finance Minister raises a fuss

PHOTO: Fremskrittspartiet

Norwegian Finance Minister Siv Jensen was heading into her Progress Party’s annual national meeting this weekend amidst a new swirl of controversy. She set off a fuss when she said during an interview that she’s still not convinced climate change is a result of human activity. Jensen has been what the Norwegians call a “climate […]

Putin least popular in Norway


A new Gallup poll indicates that Norwegians are not fond of the former KGB agent who’s now turned into an aggressive president of Russia. Of all the countries included in a poll measuring the popularity of various world leaders, Putin scored lowest in Norway. Gallup has long measured the popularity of leaders in the US, China, Russia, Germany […]

Council clears talk show host Skavlan

Fredrik Skavlan

The Norwegian broadcasting council that handles press complaints decided against issuing any formal criticism of talk show host Fredrik Skavlan on Thursday, despite being faced with a record number of complaints against him. The council (Kringkastingsrådet) had received more than 3,600 complaints over an interview Skavlan conducted just before Easter with Jimmie Åkesson, the controversial leader of Sweden’s […]

Film director to compete at Cannes

Joachim Trier 2011

Joachim Trier has become the first Norwegian director in nearly 40 years to succeed at getting a film into the final round of competition at the Cannes International Festival. Trier’s new film, Louder Than Bombs, will be the only Nordic entry in the main competition to win the festival’s Palme d’Or. “I see this mostly as […]

Veteran skiing star won’t quit yet

Marit Bjørgen had set her sights on winning Tour de Ski, but had to settle for second place. PHOTO: NRK/Views and News

Speculation has flown in Norway over whether champion skier Marit Bjørgen would retire from professional racing at the end of this season. She’s now won all there is to win in her sport and could quit while she’s on top, but she proved once again that she’s no quitter. Bjørgen, age 35, confirmed this week that […]

Cyclist Kristoff derailed in Roubaix


UPDATED: He’d seemed unbeatable. Norwegian cycling sensation Alexander Kristoff had been having a great season, with 11 victories including the Tour of Flanders last week and then, just a  few days later, the Scheldeprijs in Belgium. He also won three stage victories in the Tour of Qatar and stages in the Tour of Oman, Paris-Nice and De […]

Future unclear for ex-Statoil boss

Helge Lund

Helge Lund, who headed Norway’s largest company Statoil for more than 10 years, claims he has no idea what he’ll do now that he’s effectively lost his brand-new job as chief executive officer of BG Group in the UK. News this week that BG, the former British Gas, is being bought up by huge Dutch oil company […]

King Harald bound for the USA

King Harald PHOTO: Det Kongelige Slottet

Norway’s King Harald V will be making another official visit to the US this spring, traveling to some of the areas that attracted a lot of Norwegian immigrants in the 1800s and 1900s. The monarch will visit Seattle, Washington for the first time in 20 years on May 22-23 before moving on to Alaska. While […]

Yara finally finds a new CEO

Svein Tore Holsether

UPDATED: After more than a year of corruption charges and top-level personnel drama at Yara International, the company finally announced on Monday that it had found a new and relatively young chief executive officer. Svein Tore Holsether will take over at the age of 42, and be paid a base salary of NOK 6 million (USD […]