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 […]

Drama rolls over collector’s art

Stein Erik Hagen

Wealthy investor and businessman Stein Erik Hagen wants to share his vast private art collection with the public, and the state wants access to it. That’s about all they agree on, though. Hagen finally met with the government minister in charge of culture this week, after a summer of high-stakes drama that involves the future […]

Norway hails a ‘bishop emeritus’

Per Lønning

Per Lønning, who died this week at an age of 88, was being hailed in Norwegian media on Tuesday as a memorable bishop, politician, psalm writer, author, social activist and all-around thinker. Some even called him the state church’s only real genius. “None of the church’s men has filled so many different roles in society […]

‘Tutta’ wants a baby and Tokyo comeback


Norwegian golfer Suzann Pettersen, nicknamed “Tutta” back home, had been among Norway’s gold medal hopes at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, but wound up in 10th place instead. Now she’s setting her sights on starting a family and training for a comeback at the next Summer Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. “I won’t wait […]

Hectic week for Norway’s Kygo


Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll, better known as Kygo, was heading into an unforgettable weekend on top of an extremely hectic week. In the space of just a few days, the young electronica musician from Bergen launched a new clothing collection, geared up to perform at two festivals and then announced he’d be flying down to Rio, to play […]

Runner regrets being a bully

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Filip Ingebrigtsen, part of a sports-minded and highly competitive Norwegian family that’s been getting lots of publicity lately, now regrets that he bullied his way into a better position during the men’s 1,500-meter race at the Olympics in Rio on Tuesday. He ended up getting disqualified, and now must spend the rest of the Olympics watching from […]

Foreign minister gets a grilling

Børge Brende

Norway’s constantly traveling foreign minister, Børge Brende, had to fend off a barrage of criticism on Monday as both government and business cranked up again after the summer holiday season. Brende and Norway’s conservative coalition government were accused of being too passive regarding immigration issues and Norway’s relations with both the EU and Russia. Brende, from the Conservative […]

Royal divorce ‘painful and sad’

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Norway’s Royal Palace chose a Friday evening when many Norwegians are still on summer holiday to announce the first divorce within the modern Norwegian royal family. Princess Martha Louise and her author husband Ari Behn are going their separate ways after 14 years of marriage. “We have, like so many others, grown apart from one another, […]

Prime minister loses her mother

Erna Solberg

Prime Minister Erna Solberg finally took some summer holiday this week and last, and it turned out be sad. After what Solberg herself called “five painful months of illness,” her mother Inger-Wenche Solberg died Monday at the age of 90. “She was always generous, positive and optimistic, even when the last five months were painful […]