Norway’s singing sweetheart turns 70

Wenche Myhre has been singing and performing since she was 13 years old. Right after turning 70 last week, she filled the Oslo Spektrum Arena for a birthday bash with an orchestra conducted by her partner Anders Eljas, and made it clear she has no plans for leaving the limelight. “A dinner at home with the family, […]

Kristoffersen furious over 4th place

Norway’s young slalom skiing star Henrik Kristoffersen was so angry over his relatively poor performance in the alpine world championships this weekend that he threw down his ski poles and trounced out of the finish area. His behaviour was already a matter of debate back home, not least among those who accuse Kristoffersen of undermining the entire Norwegian support system […]

Stoltenberg scolded over book royalties

While NATO Secretary General  Jens Stoltenberg was hosting and taking part in a series of important meetings in Brussels and Munich last week, he had to fend off some trouble at home in Norway. A lucrative royalty agreement he secured for a biography he released last year has upset fellow authors, who claim Stoltenberg is not showing any […]

Highs and lows for biathlon stars

UPDATED: It’s been a dramatic World Championships for Norway’s star biathlon skiers this week in Hochfilzen, Austria. Ole Einar Bjørndalen went from the proverbial thrill of victory to the agony of defeat, the women’s team logged its worst performance ever and Emil Hegle Svendsen, who collapsed after a race last weekend, ended up 27th in the men’s […]

Johaug verdict ‘likely to be appealed’

A 13-month ban from competition that was lodged against world champion Norwegian cross-country skier Therese Johaug on Friday remains subject to appeal by a variety of players, not least Johaug herself. A member of the international ski federation FIS’ board reportedly told media in Finland Friday night that an appeal to the Court of Arbitration in Switzerland (CAS) […]

Dane takes on big museum job

The board of Norway’s National Museum in Oslo has selected a new director from Denmark. Karin Hindsbo was tapped not only to lead Norway’s largest museum itself but also to guide its biggest move ever, into brand-new quarters on the capital’s western waterfront. Hindsbo, age 42, has already been living and successfully working in Norway for […]

Party leader reins in new ‘crown prince’

The new “crown prince” of the Christian Democrats Party, Kjell Ingolf Ropstad, has been a firm opponent of abortion but now his boss, party leader Knut Arild Hareide, has come out against controversial new US funding bans against even providing abortion information. That means calls for Norwegian aid to offset cuts in US aid may […]

Nobel Prize winners under pressure

It hasn’t been a good week for two Nobel Peace Prize winners who both have spent time in Oslo. Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar (Burma) is accused of not doing enough to stop her country’s persecution Rohingya refugees, while Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has been accused of accepting bribes. Former Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne […]

Rousing welcome for new football coach

Lars Lagerbäck, the Swedish football coach who carried Iceland to international fame in last year’s European Championships, got a hero’s welcome when he was presented on Wednesday as the new head coach for Norway’s beleaguered national men’s football team. Some commentators think Lagerbäck,who has led three national squads to championship finals, can finally end Norway’s losing […]

Johaug’s ‘good day’ at doping hearing

Norwegian skier Therese Johaug won important support on Thursday in her fight against suspension on doping charges, from both the national team’s doctor and her fellow star skier Marit Bjørgen. Both relieved her of full blame for using a lip salve to treat sunburn sores that contained a banned steroid. “I would have done the same as Therese in this […]