Northug’s gold rush over for now

PHOTO: Nordic Focus/FIS Photo Pool

Petter Northug was back on the front pages of most Norwegian newspapers on Monday, but for all the right reasons this time. The skier who performed badly last season and then crashed in a driving drunk spree ended up taking home four gold medals, while Norway itself celebrated its best Nordic World Ski Championships ever. Competition ended on […]

Johaug, ski jumpers mined more gold

Therese Johaug

Therese Johaug flew over the finish line after skiing 30 kilometers (18 miles) in just under an hour and 25 minutes, to win the gold medal in the final women’s event at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Sweden on Saturday. Then she skied nearly another kilometer, just waving the Norwegian flag and enjoying the cheers of […]

Lippestad cuts ties with Breivik

Geir Lippestad

Geir Lippestad, the lawyer who defended right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, will no longer be helping Breivik with his ongoing legal complaints from prison. Lippestad, now an active politician for the Labour Party that Breivik targeted, told state broadcaster NRK on Thursday that Breivik demanded more than he could offer, without being paid. “Our work […]

Krekar sparks more outrage

Mullah Krekar

Islamic extremist Mullah Krekar continued to provoke Norwegian authorities and the public in general on Wednesday after he unleashed another string of alarming statements in an interview with Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). Prime Minister Erna Solberg, who’s been threatened by Krekar herself, said that Krekar exhibited “extreme attitudes” that aren’t shared by the majority of Muslims. […]

Crown Prince to act in Krekar case

Crown Prince Haakon

Crown Prince Haakon is being called upon to act in the state’s efforts to confine Islamic cleric Mullah Krekar until he can be deported. Prosectors want to present “classified evidence” against Krekar in court but can only do so if the monarch approves the appointment, at a session of the Council of State, of a special […]

Royals on tour Down Under

Harald and Sonja

King Harald and Queen Sonja were in the midst of a state visit to Australia this week, spending time in both Sydney and the capital of Canberra before heading on to Perth. It’s the first time a Norwegian head of state has made an official trek to the country so large that the normal two- or […]

Svindal drops rest of ski season

Aksel Lund Svindal

Norway’s alpine skiing star Aksel Lund Svindal has decided to let his comeback in the World Championships be his only participation in this year’s ski season. The 32-year-old downhill racer is aiming for an even bigger comeback next season. Svindal impressed the skiing world again when he placed sixth in both the Super-G and the […]

Norwegians forgive Northug

Petter Northug

A new survey indicates that Norwegians have forgiven skier Petter Northug, who got drunk last spring and then set off on a wild ride around Trondheim before crashing his sponsored Audi. Now his fans just want him to win medals at the Nordic World Ski Championships that start in Falun, Sweden on Thursday. Newspaper Dagsavisen […]

Central banker sleeps well

Øystein Olsen

Øystein Olsen, governor of Norway’s central bank, could finally relax a bit over the weekend after delivering the annual address that’s among the most closely followed in the country. The affable central banker also has had to deal with a string of new economic challenges lately, but says he still sleeps well at night. For the second year in a row, […]

Sun shone for king in Antarctica

King Harald

UPDATED: The frigid expanse of Antarctica glittered under blue skies and sunshine when Norway’s King Harald arrived this week to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his country’s Troll research station. As he flew into the area that bears the names of royal family members including his own, the monarch was often grinning from ear to ear. […]