Two artists laid to rest

Norway’s cultural world lost two well-known artists during the Easter holidays and they were both laid to rest on Friday. Frans Widerberg was described as “a giant” in the art world, while Knut Borge was a jazz expert and fixture on Norwegian television during the past few decades. Queen Sonja, an artist herself, was among […]

Stavanger band warms up for Metallica

As thousands of metal music fans stream back into Oslo this week for the annual Inferno festival, always held during the Easter holidays, one of Norway’s most popular metal bands has lit an even bigger fire of its own. It’s been asked to warm up for none other than Metallica, when that legendary band launches its “World-wired” […]

Fredriksen scrambles to save Seadrill

Norwegian shipowner and industrial tycoon John Fredriksen, long listed as one of the wealthiest men in the world, says he’s working 18 hours a day to save his large offshore rig company Seadrill from bankruptcy. The 72-year-old Fredriksen has faced crises before, and is prepared to “work day and night” for the next several weeks […]

Aker Solutions rewards executives

Aker Solutions is the latest Norwegian company to release financial reports that reveal what their own executives earn. Employee representatives had trouble accepting how the oil service firm’s chief executive could receive a 50 percent increase in his total compensation last year at a time when around 5,000 employees have lost their jobs, and those remaining have endured […]

Case dropped against Johaug’s doctor

UPDATED: Norway’s anti-doping agency has decided to drop its case against Dr Fredrik Bendiksen, the former doctor for the Norwegian national ski team. Bendiksen was the doctor who purchased a tube of lip cream in Italy and gave it to star skier Therese Johaug to use, without noticing that it contained a steroid that led to Johaug’s […]

Speeding politicians lose their licenses

Norwegian politicians are busy folks but that’s no excuse when they get pulled over by police for speeding. Police in both Telemark and the mountains of Sogn og Fjordane have revoked the drivers’ licenses of two Members of Parliament lately, after they got caught driving way too fast. Liv Signe Navarsete, former leader of the […]

Top sports official forced to resign

Years of conflicts in his job as secretary general of Norway’s national athletics federation (Norges Idrettsforbund, NIF) finally caught up with Inge Andersen on Monday. The board of NIF asked him to resign after a recent flurry of marathon meetings, but he’ll leave with NOK 2 million in severance pay. That’s controversial in Norway, a country where […]

Nightmare start for dream coach

The new Swedish coach of Norway’s national men’s football team was widely viewed as the best man capable of turning his young Norwegians into a dream team. He got off to a nightmare start on Sunday night, with a 2-0 loss in Belfast against Northern Ireland, but he was stoically positive the morning after. “We […]

Weng tops in skiers’ earnings

Heidi Weng topped this year’s earnings list for Norwegian skiers, with total winnings of just over NOK 2.3 million (USD 274,000). By winning the overall World Cup, she beat her rivals, and not just at the finish line. In addition comes earnings from various sponsorships and other support, but it’s the race winnings that seem […]

Record run for new Nesbø book

Norwegian author Jo Nesbø was once again a center of attention in Oslo this week, when publishing company Aschehoug launched his latest crime novel starring investigator Harry Hole. Amidst all the traditional hype came news that the initial print run will be bigger than ever, with 300,000 books. Newspaper Aftenposten reported Wednesday that Aschehoug clearly has great […]