Reitan stands down as Yara chairman

Bernt Reitan

One of Norway’s largest companies, scandal-plagued fertilizer producer Yara International has replaced Bernt Reitan as Chairman of the Board after just two years in the job. Board members Elisabeth Harstad and Juha Rantanen also decided not to seek re-election, and were both replaced at Yara’s annual general meeting on Monday. It has been a turbulent […]

Coach loses contract but wins apology


Jarle Pedersen, the outgoing coach of the Norwegian speed skating team, lashed out at the Skating Federation (Norges Skøyteforbund) on Wednesday over the very public handling of his removal from the role. The federation’s president apologized on Thursday, admitting it was unprofessional to start discussing Pedersen’s replacement in the media before even speaking with the […]

Sp elects new parliamentary leader


Veteran politician Marit Arnstad was elected as the new parliamentary leader of the deeply split Center Party (Senterpartiet, Sp) on Wednesday. Many party members wanted Arnstad to take on the overall leadership role after embattled former leader Liv Signe Navarsete was forced to resign in January, but Arnstad didn’t want the job. After months of […]

Artist hasn’t mellowed with age


Norway’s most esteemed institutions collect his work. Important public spaces across the country bear his mark. He is a Knight in the Royal Norwegian Order of St Olav. Håkon Bleken is a giant of postwar Norwegian art. And at 85 years old, the painter continues to engage today’s world with his expressive, politically tinged work, […]

Jewish author wins free speech prize

Anne Sender

Norwegian free speech organization Fritt Ord has awarded its 2014 Freedom of Expression Prize to author Anne Sender. She was recognized for her work championing the history of Norway’s Jewish minority and speaking out against anti-Semitism. “As a Jew, she has independently and courageously turned a critical spotlight on policies pursued by Israeli and Palestinian […]

Stoltenberg’s road to NATO


Labour Party leader Jens Stoltenberg, who’ll be taking over this fall as the next secretary general of NATO, could finally offer some insight this week into the months of high-level intrigue that brought about his major career shift. His party colleagues, some political opponents and lots of other Norwegians have said they’re sad to see […]

Crown princess rolls on literary train


Crown Princess Mette-Marit opted against higher education when she finished high school, but has suddenly emerged as a champion of literature who’s spreading a love of books to the public. She set off this week on a literary train ride that’s grabbing lots of media attention. After some royal fanfare in the northern city of […]

Sather biography out in English

Peder Sather

The biography of one of Norway’s most successful immigrants, who helped found the University of California at Berkeley, is making its US debut in English this spring. Peder Sæther, who changed his name to “Sather,”  is the man behind Berkeley’s famed Sather Gate and the university’s Campanile. Norwegian author Karin Sveen first published her biography of […]

Cyclist hailed for winning in Italy


Alexander Kristoff’s victory on Sunday in the spring classic cycling race Milano-Sanremo was being hyped on Monday as even bigger than Norwegian skiers’ haul of Olympic gold medals. Kristoff has only been cycling professionally since 2010. He won a bronze medal during the Summer Olympics in London in 2012 and has claimed the Norwegian championship […]

New Opera boss in the mood

Nils Are Karstad Lysø_Foto_Erik Berg

Nils Are Karstad Lysø is leaving the irreverent and successful clothing company Moods of Norway to take over as chief executive of The Norwegian Opera & Ballet. He claims he’s really in the mood now to mix his love for music with his proven abilities to run a business. “Music has been my dearest hobby […]