Kristoff’s dramatic end to ‘Le Tour’


Norway’s new cycling star Alexander Kristoff suffered a flat tire and the loss of a supporting teammate on the last day of this year’s Tour de France, but still managed to finish second on the final lap into Paris. That left him with two stage victories and three in which he finished an impressive second. […]

Zucca scores new Rangers contract

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Norwegian ice hockey star Mats “Zucca” Zuccarello Aasen agreed on a new contract with the NHL’s New York Rangers on Tuesday that will triple his salary. The one-year deal was reportedly worth around USD 3.5 million. The negotiations dragged out because the Rangers had already spent much of their salary budget, reported news bureau NTB. […]

Norway celebrates songwriter Prøysen

Alf Prøysen would have turned 100 on Wednesday. His songs and texts live on as part of the national heritage. PHOTO: musikkogungdom

It seems only fitting that the centennial celebration of cherished Norwegian songwriter Alf Prøysen would climax on the day after the country once again mourned victims of the July 22 attacks in 2011. Prøysen was born on July 23 2014, and he was the master of comfort songs. Du ska få en dag i mårå, for example, roughly translates to […]

Haslestad replaced as Yara CEO

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Major Norwegian industrial company Yara announced on Monday that chief executive Jørgen Ole Haslestad would be replaced by Norsk Hydro CEO Svein Richard Brandtzæg. It’s the latest in a series of management replacements aimed at cleaning up the scandal-hit company’s image. Haslestad took over as Yara CEO from Thorleif Enger in 2008, shortly before economic […]

Rosenborg gives Hansen the boot

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Trondheim football club Rosenborg (RBK) sacked coach Per “Perry” Joar Hansen on Monday, citing poor results and player development. The team has had 11 coaches in the past 12 years, and lined up Stavanger Vikings assistant coach Kåre Ingebrigtsen as Hansen’s replacement. “Rosenborg Football Club and head coach Per Joar Hansen have today terminated employment,” […]

Koch to report Økokrim prosecutor

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Tax lawyer Sverre E Koch said he planned to report Morten Eriksen, the top prosecutor of Norway’s economic crime unit Økokrim, for serious dereliction of duty. Koch was fully acquitted from any further appeal in the Transocean tax case on Wednesday, and was finally free to speak out against the way the case had been […]

Johnson quits as UN’s South Sudan boss

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Hilde Frafjord Johnson, a former Norwegian politician, was all smiles three years ago when South Sudan declared its independence in the summer of 2011. Now, three years later, the smiles are long gone and the UN’s leader of peacekeeping efforts is calling it quits as the country continues to decline into violent conflict and famine. “It […]

Kristoff battles on in Tour de France


Norwegian cyclist Alexander Kristoff announced on Monday night he would not be dropping out of the Tour de France as feared. Kristoff has been plagued by stomach problems throughout the event, but said his form had improved during Monday’s mountain stage. Kristoff rode Sunday’s 70 kilometre stage with severe stomach pain, and it was feared […]

Princess stirs up critics again

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It didn’t take long before Princess Martha Louise’s return to Norway led to a new outburst of headlines and criticism in the local media. The 42-year-old princess has a habit of stirring controversy and it seems not much has changed since she packed up and took her family to London two years ago. Now they’re moving […]

Pettersen’s best British Open


Norwegian golfer Suzann “Tutta” Pettersen narrowly missed out on her first British Open golfing title on Sunday, beaten by just one stroke by surprise winner American Mo Martin. Her equal second place with China’s Feng Shanshan was still Pettersen’s best finish in the prestigious event, and took her total career prize winnings to over USD […]