Cleared executive claims compensation

Jo Lunder, the former CEO of VimpelCom who was cleared of charges tied to the massive corruption scandal at the company, is now demanding more than NOK 30 million in compensation from the state. Lunder feels the state should reimburse him for lost salary and bonus during the two-year investigation against him. Lunder also claims […]

Media uproar over ‘old boys’ culture

A remarkable media uproar exploded in Oslo just before the weekend, rooted in the lack of women in top management at even egalitarian Norway’s media firms. It was ignited by remarks made by one local boss in particular, that were widely viewed as highly offensive and personifying a “good old boys’” culture and network. It […]

Quisling ‘knew about death camps’

Last week marked 72 years since Vidkun Quisling, whose name became synonymous with “traitor,” was executed by firing squad at the Akershus Fortress and Castle in Oslo. Quisling, appointed by occupying Nazi German forces to lead Norway’s puppet government during World War II, claimed he had no knowledge of Norway’s own Holocaust until the shots […]

Athletes react to wining and dining

Large dinner and bar bills submitted by some of Norway’s top sports bureaucrats have sparked criticism, also from the top Norwegian athletes they lead. “I hope we don’t see more of this in the future,” said downhill racer Kjetil Jansrud. Expense accounts were finally released in more detail this week for those who run Norwegian […]

WWF leader takes new helm

Nina Jensen, who’s worked for environmental organization WWF for the past 15 years and most recently led it, is quitting to take over the helm of what’s billed as the world’s largest research and expedition vessel (REV). It’s financed by oil- and seafood tycoon Kjell Inge Røkke, but Jensen stressed she won’t be working for […]

American wins stardom in Norway

Adam Douglas, a 36-year-old singer from Oklahoma, soared to stardom in Norway Saturday night when he won the annual nationally televised competition called “Stjernekamp.” It’s billed as selecting the country’s “ultimate entertainer,” and marked the first time the Norwegian public chose an artist who arrived in the country just 10 years ago. “This is completely insane,” […]

Statoil boss gets a big raise

Eldar Sætre, chief executive of Statoil, was planning to retire when he turns 62 in February. Now Statoil’s board has offered to give him a big pay raise and a huge increase in retirement benefits if he’ll stay on. Sætre reportedly is now motivated to do so. “Eldar has done a very impressive job,” Statoil’s […]

Trump chooses envoy to Norway

US President Donald Trump has announced that he intends to nominate a retired rear admiral who now works for a health care strategy company as his ambassador to Norway. One Norwegian commentator called Trump’s choice of Kenneth Braithwaite “surprising.” The White House offered no reason for the choice in its official statement but described Braithwaite […]

Siv’s ‘Pocahontas’ stunt backfired

Finance Minister Siv Jensen set off quite a fuss over her decision to attend an autumn party at the finance ministry last weekend, dressed as Pocahontas. The photo she posted of herself on social media set off a torrent of criticism that surprised her, while others rushed to her defense. “This is shameful and incredibly disrespectful,” […]

Crown prince ‘gone surfing…’

…and not in the USA, but in Norway. After performing lots of official and formal duties this week, Crown Prince Haakon could finally declare “surf’s up!,” and head for the European championships in surfing off the coast south of Stavanger. It was, after all, still “official” business, since Crown Prince Haakon was overseeing Eurosurf 2017 on the […]