Show-biz ‘godfather’ mourned

Norway’s entertainment and music world was mourning the loss this week of composer and producer Egil Monn-Iversen, also known as the “godfather” and “sphinx” of Norwegian show business. Monn-Iversen died late last week at the age of 89 after a lengthy illness. His career started in the 1940s when he and his artistic partner and wife Sølvi […]

Teen idols face rebuke after concert

Norway’s wildly popular singing duo, Marcus & Martinus, successfully inaugurated the use of a large new public sports facility in Oslo as a concert venue last weekend. They were facing a rebuke, however, for illegally urging their young fans to buy their merchandise. Newspaper Dagsavisen reports that it was during their concert at Oslo’s refurbished Voldsløkka […]

World champ defends his title

Norway doesn’t only have skiing and chess world champions, it’s also home to the four-time World Champion in long-distance foot orienteering, the sport that combines running with finding posts in forests. Olav Lundanes proved he’s better than anyone once again. “I was very, very exhausted, but it feels incredibly good to have managed this,” Lundanes, […]

Hopes still high in Tour de France

The three Norwegian cyclists taking part in this year’s Tour de France haven’t gotten off to the winning start they’d hoped for. They all thought they stood a chance of winning one of the early stages, and none had as of its fourth day, but they weren’t giving up. Alexander Kristoff, Norway’s top cyclist at present, was the […]

Ski racer signs back on again

Henrik Kristoffersen, the young Norwegian slalom skiing star who ran afoul of Norway’s national ski team, has signed on for a new season after all. He won’t be able to train with the team, however, until after October 1. Kristoffersen’s signing means he will be able to compete in both the World Cup and the upcoming Winter […]

Irritated Carlsen redeems himself

UPDATED: Chess champ Magnus Carlsen, who performed poorly at home in the Norway Chess tournament last week, made a strong comeback at the Paris Grand Chess Tour this past week. That didn’t keep him from being irritated by a commentator’s criticism. The 26-year-old Carlsen had just won the rapid chess portion of the Grand Tour running through the […]

Stoltenberg hires new chief of staff

Jens Stoltenberg, the former Norwegian prime minister who went on to become secretary general of NATO, has once again appointed a Norwegian as his new chief of staff. Stian Jenssen, age 39, is taking over after one of Stoltenberg’s former Labour Party colleagues who’d moved to Brussels and was ready to go home. Jenssen, who’s been […]

Warholm wins sports star status

UPDATED: Karsten Warholm has suddenly emerged as Norway’s great new hope in track and field events, overshadowing even the Ingebrigtsen brothers on home turf at Thursday night’s Bislett Games in Oslo. Warholm’s victory in the 400-meter hurdles caught lots of attentionm and then he beat everyone again at another Diamond League competition in Stockholm over […]

Boxer Brækhus’ big bout in Bergen

Norwegian boxing star Cecilia Brækhus was recovering this week after what turned out to be rather nasty but victorious bout in Bergen, her first in her hometown. She’s not sure she’ll box back home again, though. “I really want to box in Bergen again,” she told reporters after beating Erica Farias of Argentina outdoors at […]

Diplomats ‘star’ in award-winning play

Veteran Norwegian diplomat Terje Rød-Larsen thinks it was a bit “embarrassing” to see himself portrayed in the hit play Oslo on Broadway. Now it’s won the US’ Tony Award as the best play of the year in New York, depicting the drama behind Norway’s landmark but failed attempt to broker peace in the Middle East […]