Afghan interpreter wins asylum


Faizullah Muradi, who worked as an interpreter for Norwegian forces in Afghanistan only to be deported from Norway after arriving as a refugee, has finally won asylum after all. The government and the authorities were pressured into evaluating his case, not least by military officials and veterans whom he’d served in Afghanistan. “I am so […]

Refugee ready to lead AUF

Mani Hussaini, new AUF leader

Mani Hussaini, who came to Norway as a 12-year-old refugee from Syria, was elected with a standing ovation as the next leader of the Norwegian Labour Party’s youth organization AUF over the weekend. He promised to challenge Labour’s leadership and urged AUF’s members to all be “tax enthusiasts.” “If we want to maintain Norway’s welfare […]

Svindal’s ski season shattered


Norway’s top alpine skier Aksel Lund Svindal suddenly saw his upcoming professional skiing season literally torn apart over the weekend, after he tore is Achilles tendon during a pre-season training session. The affable Svindal kept smiling, though, even after surgery and learning that there was no way he’d be able to ski in the World Championships in […]

Princess feels persecuted

Princess Martha Louise

Princess Martha Louise met with reporters just before the weekend, mostly to try to promote another one of her books but also to once again chide the press for criticizing her over the years. Especially the (not so gentle) men of the press. “There were always men from the press who followed after me,” she told […]

Yara’s board fires its CEO

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Jørgen Ole Haslestad, embattled boss of large Norwegian fertilizer firm Yara International, was fired as the company’s chief executive on Tuesday. Yara’s board “concluded that Haslestad is not the right person to lead the company going forward,” said Yara Chairman Leif Teksum. Haslestad had seemed to survive a corruption scandal at Yara but was criticized for […]

Jens’ dad stages a comeback

Thorvald Stoltenberg

Thorvald Stoltenberg, whose own son Jens is among the many who simply call him “Thorvald,” is planning a political comeback at the age of 83. The elder Stoltenberg, a Labour Party veteran and both a former defense- and foreign minister, now has his eyes on city government in Oslo, following in the footsteps of his […]

Stoltenberg’s first day on the job


PHOTO FEATURE: Norway’s former prime minister, Jens Stoltenberg, had his first day on the job this week after taking over as the new secretary general of the military alliance NATO in Brussels. Amidst all the pomp and ceremony, Stoltenberg’s familiar smile came through despite all the new serious issues he’ll need to juggle. Looking slightly bemused, […]

Telenor looking for a new CEO

Telenor Baksaas

Norway’s large international telecoms firm Telenor, now launching its new mobile operations in Myanmar, has 14 months to find a replacement for its chief executive officer Jon Fredrik Baksaas. He could have stepped down in November, when retirement age sets in at 60, but Telenor extended his contract and he’ll stay through 2015 before moving […]

Football wonderboy gets another chance

Martin Ødegaard

Martin Ødegaard, the 15-year-old Norwegian football sensation, told reporters in his typically humble style that he thought it was “nice” and “motivating” to be chosen to play in another match for the men’s national football team. This match, though, means he’ll be the youngest ever to play in a qualifier for the European Championships. Ødegaard […]

Petter Solberg back on top


More than a decade after winning the rally world championship in 2003, Norwegian racer Petter Solberg was thrilled to be back on top after winning the World Rallycross Championship, too. His victory in Italy over the weekend makes him the first to ever win in two different professional car sports. “Incredible,” Solberg shouted himself as he […]