Case dropped against Johaug’s doctor

Norway’s anti-doping agency has decided to drop its case against Dr Fredrik Bendiksen, the former doctor for the Norwegian national ski team. Bendiksen was the doctor who purchased a tube of lip cream in Italy and gave it to star skier Therese Johaug to use, without noticing that it contained a steroid that led to Johaug’s […]

Speeding politicians lose their licenses

Norwegian politicians are busy folks but that’s no excuse when they get pulled over by police for speeding. Police in both Telemark and the mountains of Sogn og Fjordane have revoked the drivers’ licenses of two Members of Parliament lately, after they got caught driving way too fast. Liv Signe Navarsete, former leader of the […]

Nightmare start for dream coach

The new Swedish coach of Norway’s national men’s football team was widely viewed as the best man capable of turning his young Norwegians into a dream team. He got off to a nightmare start on Sunday night, with a 2-0 loss in Belfast against Northern Ireland, but he was stoically positive the morning after. “We […]

Weng tops in skiers’ earnings

Heidi Weng topped this year’s earnings list for Norwegian skiers, with total winnings of just over NOK 2.3 million (USD 274,000). By winning the overall World Cup, she beat her rivals, and not just at the finish line. In addition comes earnings from various sponsorships and other support, but it’s the race winnings that seem […]

Record run for new Nesbø book

Norwegian author Jo Nesbø was once again a center of attention in Oslo this week, when publishing company Aschehoug launched his latest crime novel starring investigator Harry Hole. Amidst all the traditional hype came news that the initial print run will be bigger than ever, with 300,000 books. Newspaper Aftenposten reported Wednesday that Aschehoug clearly has great […]

Statoil strategist secures severance

Norwegian oil company Statoil has quietly confirmed that its low-profile executive John Knight will be resigning his post at chief strategist on January 1, 2019. He’ll be taking with him a severance pay package that makes the many others paid out by Statoil, as part of its cost- and staff-cutting in recent years, pale in comparison. Newspaper […]

Sundby disappoints the Canadians

Norwegian cross-country skier Martin Johnsrud Sundby has chalked up so many points during this past ski season that he’s already been assured of winning the overall World Cup this weekend. He thus opted against traveling to Canada to take part in some final short-distance events and collect his prize, disappointing Canadian organizers and aggravating others who longed to […]

DNB’s troubles cut into CEO’s bonus

Rune Bjerke, chief executive of Norway’s largest bank DNB, has had his annual bonus trimmed by more than 10 percent after a year of controversies that hurt the bank’s reputation. Bjerke still received nearly NOK 2 million on top of his annual salary and benefits, but that was NOK 322,000 less than in 2015. Newspaper […]

Northug dumped from World Cup final

Petter Northug, Norway’s former skiing star who’s been attempting another comeback after lots of trouble a few years ago, has been summarily dumped from the Norwegian men’s team who’ll take part in the final events of the World Cup season in Quebec, Canada this weekend. Experts were surprised that Northug, who’s been on the rebound in […]

Outgoing museum director gets golden handshake

Norwegian state officials normally frown on lucrative executive pay deals and severance packages but now find themselves as party to one: Audun Eckhoff, the director of Norway’s National Museum whose eight-year stint was not renewed, will leave his post this month with two years worth of pay totalling around NOK 3 million (USD 362,000). “This […]