Boxer Brækhus made history


Norwegian boxing star Cecilia Brækhus made history over the weekend by winning her 26th professional match in a row against Ivana Habazin of Croatia in Denmark. Brækhus still can’t box in Norway, though, and there were other frustrations after her victory was secured. Brækhus, from a country where professional boxing is banned, has gone on […]

Carlsen’s decision stirs new debate

Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen’s decision on Sunday to defend his chess world championship title against Vishy Anand in Sochi, Russia in November wasn’t entirely well-received in Norway. Some say Carlsen conceded too much to the Russian power brokers behind the tournament, and has too much at stake, while others called it “a good day for chess.” After […]

Artist Nerdrum defends himself again

Odd Nerdrum

Norwegian artist Odd Nerdrum was back in court on Wednesday, this time defending himself against a lawsuit filed by three art experts whom Nerdrum had appointed five years ago to lead The Nerdrum Institute. They’re suing him for compensation after he abruptly dissolved their partnership in 2011. The Nerdrum Institute was set up to help Nerdrum and his wife, […]

Accident spoiled Hushovd’s plans

PHOTO: Norges Cykleforbund

Norway’s top cyclist for many years, Thor Hushovd, won’t be able to attempt ending his career in a blaze of glory at the upcoming World Championships after all. A bad fall on Friday has forced him to drop his dream of becoming World Champion again, and now he’s looking at simply riding in local races […]

Oslo mayor admits tax blunder


Oslo’s popular mayor, Fabian Stang, asked for public forgiveness on Friday after admitting on his Facebook page that he’d hired a man to paint his holiday cabin without including or withholding taxes on the job. “I have made a fool of myself,” Stang wrote. Stang paid NOK 42,000 (USD 7,000) for the paint job directly […]

Hagen rolls into new team

Edvald Boasson Hagen

Edvald Boasson Hagen, the Norwegian cyclist who’s most recently been pedaling for Team Sky, is now joining a South African team after opting against a Russian one. “I think it’s the right decision for me now,” Hagen told reporters after agreeing to sign on with MTN Qhubeka. It’s a second-level team, meaning it needs invitations to […]

Young football comet poses dilemma

Martin Ødegaard

Martin Ødegaard, the 15-year-old Norwegian football comet, failed to score in his first match for the national team, but did well enough to impress coach Per-Mathias Høgmo. Now Høgmo faces a dilemma over whether to let Ødegaard play in two important upcoming matches as well. Ødegaard got good reviews from Norwegian sports commentators on Thursday after Wednesday’s […]

Norwegians seek peace on Cyprus

General Major Kristin Lund

Norway now has not only one top-ranking official trying to keep the peace on Cyprus, but two. Just a week after General Major Kristin Lund made history by becoming the first woman to lead a UN Peacekeeping operation, on Cyprus, former Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide was appointed as the UN’s Special Envoy to Cyprus. […]

All eyes on new football darling

Martin Ødegaard

As Norway’s national football team underwent its latest generation shift this week, the media was captivated by its new youngest member ever. Martin Ødegaard, just 15 years old, seemed mature beyond his age, though, as he patiently answered questions and seemed entirely void of youthful bravado. Many teenagers selected to play on their country’s national […]

Princess faces longer school days

Ingrid Alexandra

As Princess Ingrid Alexandra arrived at her new private school on her mother’s 41st birthday Tuesday, she faced more than just renewed debate over her parents’ decision to transfer her from the family’s local public school in Asker. In addition to finding new friends, the 10-year-old heir to the throne also faces a daily commute, much […]