Princess Ingrid Alexandra now a teenager

Norway’s Princess Ingrid Alexandra, second in line to the throne after her father Crown Prince Haakon, turned 13 over the weekend. If nothing unexpected occurs, she’ll eventually become Norway first reigning queen in more than 600 years. Newspaper Aftenposten pointed out on Saturday, Ingrid Alexandra’s birthday, that the last time a queen was monarch in […]

Dutch welcomed Norway’s ‘wonderboy’

Martin Ødegaard, Norway’s 18-year-old football “wonderboy,” enjoyed a warm welcome last weekend when he made his debut for the Dutch team Heerenveen. He’s hoping to get more playing time at the next match. “It was good to debut and great to start off with a victory,” Ødegaard told news bureau NTB after Heerenveen had beaten […]

Skier Svindal out for the season

Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway’s downhill skiing champion, decided to undergo another operation on Tuesday, this time on a troublesome knee. It means Svindal is out for the season, but he hopes to be back in action next season. “Here we go again,” wrote Svindal himself on social media, along with posting a photo from his […]

Little sympathy for Mette-Marit

A vague media complaint and public appeal for privacy issued by Crown Princess Mette-Marit on behalf of her now-20-year-old son Marius Borg Høiby has sparked criticism against both her and royal palace staff. Many claim Norwegian media have always been restrained in their coverage of Marius over the years, and point out that he’s active on social media […]

Crown princess tries to shield her son

Norway’s Crown Princess Mette-Marit has set tongues wagging after using the royal family’s official website to publish an unusual “open letter” on the occasion of her older son’s 20th birthday. In it, she complains about unwanted media attention that he has attracted over the years and that he’s now heading off to college in California, not least to […]

US ambassador heads for home

One of the early effects of the recent US election on Norway is taking place this week. The US ambassador appointed by outgoing US President Barack Obama is already leaving, less than a year after he arrived. Now it’s up to the incoming president, Donald Trump, to send his own choice to Oslo. Heins took […]

Weng savours Tour de Ski victory

This year it was finally Norwegian skier Heidi Weng’s turn to win the gruelling Tour de Ski tournament that’s been running around the alps for the past week. Long dominated by absent teammates Therese Johaug and Marit Bjørgan, Weng worked hard to follow in their tracks and prevailed in the end. Weng herself gave the most credit […]

New ski jumping star wins again

Daniel-André Tande made another sensational ski jump at the Four Hills competition going on in the alps this week, and now leads the entire tournament. Tande, a 22-year-old from modest means in Kongsberg, has become Norway’s new national ski jumping star almost overnight. Tande was even joined on the winners’ podium by another Norwegian, Robert Johansson, […]

New Sami president didn’t speak Sami

For the first time ever, the president of the Sami Parliament (Sametinget) in Norway could not and did not deliver the president’s annual New Year’s Day speech in the Sami language. Vibeke Larsen of the Labour Party, who assumed her post just before the holidays in what some call a political coup, ended up turning her lack of language proficiency […]

The many moods of Magnus Carlsen

PHOTO FEATURE: Much is made of Norwegian chess star Magnus Carlsen’s moods before, during and after major tournaments. It can change as quickly as the action in blitz chess, and sometimes fuel criticism that he can be a bad loser. A series of photos taken by Maria Emilianova at this past week’s FIDE World Chess […]