Bishop cleared, church fined


Bishop Bernt Eidsvig, leader of the Catholic Church in Oslo, won’t have to fight charges that he knowingly took part in what state prosecutors claim was massive church membership fraud. The church itself, however, has been fined and its finance director charged with allegedly inflating membership to secure more state funding. Meanwhile, the Catholic Church in Oslo […]

Johaug suspended for 14 months

Therese Johaug

Norway’s anti-doping agency has determined that top skier Therese Johaug should be suspended for 14 months after she tested positive for a steroid in September. Anti-Doping Norge’s committee that prosecutes doping cases claimed that Johaug is to blame for not checking the contents of a cream she used to treat sun-blistered lips. Johaug was sentenced “to the loss […]

Kristoffersen wants NOK 15 million

Henrik Kristoffersen

Norway’s 22-year-old slalom skier Henrik Kristoffersen is demanding as much as NOK 15 million from the country’s national skiing federation if it continues to prevent him from wearing the logo of Red Bull, which wants to sponsor him. It’s the latest twist in a legal conflict that’s upsetting the entire ski team, its management and skiing […]

US envoy tries to reassure Norway


Samuel D Heins has only been the US’ ambassador to Norway since last spring and now, since the election of a new president, he’s confirmed that he’s expected to resign “as of noon on the 2oth of January” (Inauguration Day). Until then, however, Heins seems determined to reassure nervous Norwegians that they can still rely on […]

Carlsen branded as a ‘bad loser’

PHOTO: World Chess Championships 2016

Norway’s reigning chess champion, threatened with losing his crown after a shocking loss in New York Monday night, was being roundly blasted as a “bad loser” on Tuesday morning. After storming out of the obligatory press conference that follows all matches at the World Chess Championships, Carlsen now faces a hefty fine and, worse, a loss of […]

Bjørgen’s back, with her baby

Marit Bjørgen

Norwegian ski queen Marit Bjørgen has not given up her crown. Less than a year after giving birth to her first child, Marius, Bjørgen made what sports commentators were calling “the perfect comeback” on the ski trails over the weekend. “I think Marit is still capable of outclassing the rest of the world this season,” […]

National football coach finally quits

Per Mathias Høgmo

UPDATED: Per-Mathias Høgmo’s days as coach of Norway’s national men’s football team were already numbered, after the team lost the match they had to win last weekend in order to qualify for the next World Cup in 2018. Losing 2-1 against the Czech Republic seemed to knock them out, and more than likely cost Høgmo his job. […]

Norway’s golf star hails Trump


At least one Norwegian is happy that the millionaire real estate developer and showman Donald J Trump has won his bid for the US presidency. Suzann Pettersen, Norway’s golf star who’s lived in Florida for several years, was hailing her friend on social media after this week’s election. “‘Hats off’ for this man, you did […]

Dejected skier drops World Cup race

Henrik Kristoffersen

Norway’s slalom skiing star Henrik Kristoffersen, caught in a sponsorship conflict with the national skiing federation, appeared both dejected and resigned when he finally agreed to be interviewed on Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) Sunday evening. He has also confirmed that he won’t take part in the upcoming World Cup race in Levi, Finland this weekend. “Right now there’s so […]

Islamist a ‘changed man’ in court

PHOTO: Facebook

Norwegian Islamist Ubaydullah Hussain had cut his hair and beard and opted for a checkered shirt and sweater, instead of the traditional conservative Muslim dress he’s worn for years, when he landed back in an Oslo court last week. He would no longer agree to be photographed when he pleaded “not guilty” to the latest charges against him, that […]