Jan Egeland coordinating Syrian aid

Egeland - moving from Human Rights watch to the Norwegian Refugee Council.

Veteran Norwegian diplomat Jan Egeland, a former UN special envoy who most recently has been heading the Norwegian Refugee Council, has been tapped to head the group coordinating aid to Syrians in the wake of a stated cease-fire on Thursday. He got to work right away, and told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) Friday that he thinks […]

Solvik-Olsen now set to sail

Ketil Solvik-Olsen

Norway’s transport minister, Ketil Solvik-Olsen, has avoided being called into a disciplinary hearing in Parliament, for allegedly forcing the ministry’s communications out of her job. He wasn’t satisfied with her reluctance to arrange a summer road trip for him in 2014, but that hasn’t put the brakes on his wanderlust. Now he’s planning to sail along Norway’s […]

Brende missed meeting with Obama

Børge Brende

Norway’s foreign minister, Børge Brende, was late for a meeting with arguably the world’s most powerful man last week, but could only laugh it off. The reason was another meeting with his US counterpart, Secretary of State John Kerry, that ran into overtime, so Brende was excused. “I’ll just have to live with that,” Brende […]

Johaug left rivals in the fog

PHOTO: Holmenkollen Skifestival/Magnus Nyløkken

Skiing star Therese Johaug put on another show of strength and skill on Sunday, and continued the Norwegians’ winning streak this season. Her smashing victory in the women’s 30-kilometer race at Holmenkollen in Oslo will go down in the record books as the most decisive since the race was launched in 1993. Johaug, a 27-year-old […]

Sundby now writes ski history himself

PHOTO: Holmenkollen Ski Festival/Magnus Nylokken

Norwegian skiing ace Martin Johnsrud Sundby wrote an essay on the history of skiing 21 years ago, when he was in the fifth grade. Now he’s making history himself as one of the greatest Norwegian skiers ever, after logging yet another victory at Holmenkollen in Oslo over the weekend. “For me, skis and skiing were […]

A-ha star takes on new festival job

PHOTO: Kulturdepartementet

Magne Furuholmen, one of the three Norwegian superstars forming the rock band a-ha, didn’t need to be searching high and low for a new job but he’s decided to take on a new one anyway. On Tuesday Furuholmen was formally appointed by Norway’s government minister in charge of cultural affairs to be the new chairman […]

Cultural icon changed Norway

Lars Roar Langslet

The man who scrapped Norway’s state monopoly on broadcasting, and served as the country’s first government minister in charge of culture, was laid to rest on Tuesday. Lars Roar Langslet, who died last week at the age of 79, has been remembered as a powerful if modest politician who changed the country forever. “No one has been […]

Svindal survives a horrible fall

Aksel Lund Svindal was back in the hospital Saturday afternoon. PHOTO: NRK screen grab/newsinenglish.no

UPDATED: Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway’s popular and highly respected downhill racer, suffered a dramatic fall at the World Cup in Kitzbühel on Saturday that literally sent him flying into an aerial somersault before crashing into the mountain on his side and then being flung into the fences along the course. Gasps of anguish among spectators turned into […]

Ex-UN top comes home to KrF

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Norway’s Christian Democrats party (Kristelig Folkeparti, KrF) has a new secretary general: Hilde Frafjord Johnson has moved home after a decade working in top jobs for the UN overseas, and is taking on a new top role in her old political party instead. “KrF is in an exciting phase and in the middle of a […]

Portraits of a king after 25 years

King Harald

Norway’s Royal Palace in Oslo released a series of new official portraits of the royal family on Friday, on the occasion of King Harald V’s 25th anniversary as monarch. Silver jubilee celebrations run through the weekend. King Harald, age 78, inherited the throne on the death of his father, King Olav V, on January 17th, 1991. […]