Sick Northug ‘won’t ski in Olympics’

Norway’s former top skier Petter Northug has hardly competed this season, performed poorly when he did, failed to impress national ski team coaches and now he’s got the flu. His own personal coach, Stig Rune Kveen, now says he won’t be traveling to South Korea to compete in the Olympics. “When we stand here today […]

No Olympic ‘wildcard’ for Bjørndalen

UPDATED: At an age of 43, Norway’s biathlon star Ole Einar Bjørndalen wanted, and was convinced he could still win, more medals at the upcoming Olympics in South Korea. Norwegian coaches didn’t agree and cut him from the country’s national team for the first time in 24 years. Slim hopes for a wildcard (free spot) […]

Labour mourns a former leader

Just as Labour Party politicians were wrestling with their latest and deepest crisis this week came news that one of their last leaders from the party’s glory days had died at the age of 90. While Odvar Nordli’s death was not unexpected after years of health problems, the timing of it generated more grief. “He […]

Acclaimed journalist, author laid to rest

The chapel at Oslo’s large Vestre Gravlund cemetery was packed on Monday for the funeral of Jahn Otto Johansen, dubbed by newspaper Aftenposten as “one of the 20th century’s most important Norwegian journalists.” Johansen died on New Year’s Day at the age of 83, after an “intense” career that never ended, and illness that caught […]

Carlsen ‘positive’ to the Saudis

Magnus Carlsen, fresh from claiming another world championship title in Saudi Arabia last weekend, is now gearing up for a new tournament in the Netherlands next weekend. He took some time, however, to respond to criticism against the Saudi event and himself for taking part in it. “There were a lot of positive aspects to […]

‘Pragmatic’ Solberg welcomes change

Prime Minister Erna Solberg used her annual, nationally televised New Year’s address Monday evening to signal more change and government reforms ahead, urging Norwegians to welcome change instead of resisting it. Her own government coalition launched into the New Year on Tuesday by resuming formal negotiations to change and expand itself, with the possible addition […]

King blasts bullying in annual address

King Harald V has spoken out against bullying on several occasions, and used his annual New Year’s Eve address to blast it once again. He called on his fellow Norwegians to turn their country into a bullying-free zone. “Think what it could mean if we just decided that in Norway, we don’t bully one another,” […]

Northug losing his ‘lonely fight’

Petter Northug was once the biggest star among those on Norway’s star-studded national ski teams but he won’t be appearing in this year’s marathon Tour de Ski that’s starting up in Germany this weekend. Norwegian coaches still didn’t think he’s in good enough shape to earn a spot on the team, and speculation is rising […]

Royals wrap up a most festive year

King Harald V and Queen Sonja retreated to their royal timber lodge in the hills above Oslo this week. They’ll be celebrating the Christmas holidays there with their daughter and her family, while their son and daughter-in-law will spend Christmas with Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s family at the crown couple’s home in suburban Asker. They posed […]

Oslo’s new bishop hails open church

It seemed only fitting that the new Bishop of Oslo would be ordained on the Sunday before Christmas. Kari Veiteberg, who’s been called Norway’s version of Pope Francis, upholds the holiday tradition of extending good will all year round and now has reason to celebrate. Veiteberg is Oslo’s 32nd Lutheran bishop since the Reformation but […]