Minister disappoints on human rights

UPDATED: Norway’s Culture Minister Linda Hofstad Helleland wound up a six-day trip to China over the weekend without mentioning a word about human rights abuses when speaking with her Chinese counterparts. She disappointed, even “shocked,” human rights activists at home in Norway who wanted her to bring up all the jailed authors, journalists and others in China […]

‘Wonderboy’ set to log huge gain

Jo Lunder, once dubbed the “wonderboy” of Telenor who later was arrrested on corruption charges, may still live up to his nickname. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reports that Lunder is set to profit handsomely from his brief tenure at the Norwegian tech firm Evry. Lunder spent just eight months serving as Evry’s chairman in 2015, from March […]

New union boss takes command

He’s already being called one of Norway’s most powerful persons: Hans-Christian Gabrielsen is the new leader of the country’s largest trade union confederation LO, responsible for around 900,000 union members in Norway, spread over 25 labour federations. That gives him lots of clout in a country where organized labour has deep traditions and commands respect. Gabrielsen […]

Medals awarded to military heroes

A dozen current and former members of the Norwegian armed forces were awarded medals on Monday, when Norway celebrated its annual Liberation- and Veterans Day on the 8th of May. Among them was Lt Commander Ken Andersen of the Norwegian Navy, whose bravery in the midst of terrorist attacks in Afghanistan won him Norway’s highest recognition […]

Norske Skog loses its CEO

UPDATED: Norske Skog was once one of Norway’s major industrial companies, tapping into the country’s vast timberlands to manufacture newspaper and magazine paper, and expanding internationally. Now it’s burdened by huge debts and weak markets, and its CEO Sven Ombudstvedt quit over the weekend after a dramatic last few weeks. Ombudstvedt, age 50, took over at […]

Nobel Committee elects new leader

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has elected Berit Reiss-Andersen as its new leader, to replace the late Kaci Kullmann Five. Reiss-Andersen has been serving as the committee’s acting leder since Five died of cancer in February. The board held a meeting this week at which formal changes were made on the committee that chooses the winners […]

Royals reform their finances

Crown Prince Haakon is now paying more of his private expenses himself, after the Parliament asked the royals to tidy up their finances. A series of articles in newspaper Dagbladet last year revealed how taxpayers had been picking up more of the royals’ bills than they should. The annual report from the Royal Palace that accounts for royal […]

Two artists laid to rest

Norway’s cultural world lost two well-known artists during the Easter holidays and they were both laid to rest on Friday. Frans Widerberg was described as “a giant” in the art world, while Knut Borge was a jazz expert and fixture on Norwegian television during the past few decades. Queen Sonja, an artist herself, was among […]

Stavanger band warms up for Metallica

As thousands of metal music fans stream back into Oslo this week for the annual Inferno festival, always held during the Easter holidays, one of Norway’s most popular metal bands has lit an even bigger fire of its own. It’s been asked to warm up for none other than Metallica, when that legendary band launches its “World-wired” […]

Fredriksen scrambles to save Seadrill

Norwegian shipowner and industrial tycoon John Fredriksen, long listed as one of the wealthiest men in the world, says he’s working 18 hours a day to save his large offshore rig company Seadrill from bankruptcy. The 72-year-old Fredriksen has faced crises before, and is prepared to “work day and night” for the next several weeks […]