Former Oslo mayor fights off depression


Fabian Stang was one of Oslo’s most high-profile and popular mayors ever. When his Conservative Party lost city government power last fall, however, Stang sunk into a deep depression that he now openly admits was a big defeat as well. “I suffered a huge blow and have really been in bad shape,” Stang told newspaper […]

Norway ‘shamed’ in Snowden case

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UPDATED: Norway’s failure to provide exiled whistle-blower Edward Snowden with a guarantee against extradition to his US homeland, if he visits Oslo to accept another prize, is a “shame,” according to US filmmaker Oliver Stone. The Oscar-winning Stone was in Norway this week for the premiere of his new film about Snowden, and he claims Norwegian officials are even undermining the country’s sovereignty […]

Pregnancy won’t stop Listhaug

Sylvi Listhaug

One of the most high-profile ministers in Norway’s conservative coalition government, Sylvi Listhaug of the Progress Party, has announced she’s pregnant but says she won’t take more than three or four months off work in connection with it. The often controversial politician who was appointed as the country’s first immigration minister last December is expecting […]

Former minister kisses and tells

Robert Eriksson

Robert Eriksson wasn’t at all happy about being replaced as Norway’s Minister of Labour last winter. Now he’s written a book about his short ministerial career and some rumours of romance swirling around it. His book also offers some unsolicited advice to former government colleagues and not least his former boss, Siv Jensen.  The book, which grabbed media […]

Fredriksen still the richest Norwegian

John Fredriksen

He doesn’t officially live in Norway anymore, but legendary shipowner John Fredriksen remains the country’s richest man, according to the annual list of wealthy Norwegians compiled by magazine Kapital. Fredriksen, now age 72, was listed as having a net worth of around NOK 92 billion (USD 11.3 billion). Fredriksen, who started out as an errand […]

Hussain indicted for ISIL recruitment

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The Norwegian Islamic extremist Ubaydullah Hussain has been indicted for allegedly having recruited foreign warriors for ISIL forces in Syria. It’s the first time anyone has been indicted for terror recruitment in Norway. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Monday that Hussain, one of Norway’s most well-known Islamic extremists, is suspected of offering advice, buying equipment and providing […]

Economist quits DNB for NHO

Øystein Dørum

One of Norway’s most high-profile economists will be leaving the country’s biggest bank, DNB, after 18 years. Øystein Dørum has been wooed over to NHO, Norway’s largest employers’ organization, where he says he hopes to help create jobs. “We’re facing demanding challenges in the Norwegian economy and it’s important that we succeed in creating new […]

Guests galore at royal garden party

King Harald

PHOTO FEATURE: King Harald and Queen Sonja hosted a garden party on the grounds of the Royal Palace in Oslo on Thursday, that’s bound to go down in the history books. The event was part of a series of celebrations marking 25 years since King Harald became monarch, and it made a special impression because of his unusually […]

Book lists Norway’s ‘most powerful’

Erna Solberg

Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Finance Minister Siv Jensen were, not surprisingly, included among Norway’s 252 most powerful people in a new book released on Tuesday. The list doesn’t rank those deemed most powerful other than in alphabetical order, but Solberg and Jensen made it into a selection of 25 people from politics, business, labour, academia, […]

Europe’s best: Ronaldo and Hegerberg


Norway’s professional women’s football player Ada Hegerberg shared the stage with none other than Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo when both were named Europe’s best football players in Monte Carlo Thursday evening. It was a milestone for Hegerberg, and for Norway. Hegerberg isn’t anywhere the household name that Ronaldo is, but she’s definitely caught the attention and […]