Marathon music marks Grieg gala

Norway’s most famous composer, Edvard Grieg, was being celebrated on the 175th anniversary of his birth Friday with a marathon program on Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) due to run into the weekend. A large collection of his unpublished letters were also being released as the country hailed the man who helped put Norwegian music on the […]

Accused spy’s appeal rejected

There was no joy for retired Norwegian border inspector Frode Berg in Moscow on Thursday, even as the city otherwise filled with enthusiastic football fans eager for the World Cup to get underway in Russia. Berg, charged with espionage shortly after arriving in Moscow himself last December, was met with more disappointment when a Moscow […]

State mediator’s death mourned

Tributes were pouring in this week for Nils Terje Dalseide, the state mediator who has helped ward off many major strikes during the past 14  years. Dalseide died suddenly late last week, right at the end of a demanding spring negotiating season. No cause of death was immediately revealed but Dalseide, age 65, reportedly had […]

Cook from Bodø wins Bocuse d’Or

Norway has produced another top chef. Christian André Pettersen from the northern coastal town of Bodø soared to the top of his profession Tuesday when he won the prestigious Bocuse d’Or Europa competition in Italy. “It’s an enormous relief to know the result,” Pettersen exclaimed after winning the equivalent of the European championship in cooking. […]

Usain Bolt failed to impress

Famed runner Usain Bolt has finished his week-long training session with the Norwegian football club Strømsgodset in Drammen but no one was predicting he’d have much success as a professional football player. Bolt was frustrated. Newspaper Aftenposten reported that Bolt was only given 20 minutes to play for the club against Norway’s national U19 team […]

Warholm beaten, Ingebrigtsen wins

Norway’s World Champion runner Karsten Warholm is having a tough start to this year’s track and field season. He lost another race in the 400-meter hurdle for the third time in a row over the weekend, while 17-year-old Jakob Ingebrigtsen won a 1,500-meter race but had no chance to celebrate. The track and field action […]

Nesbø recovering at local hospital

Jo Nesbø, Norway’s multi-talented artist and best-selling author, had to be admitted to a local hospital this week following an “acute illness.” It forced cancellation of the concert he planned to take part in with his band Di Derre in Skien, Telemark County, this weekend, but he was reportedly recovering on Friday. Telemarksavisa was the first […]

Ex-‘wonderboy’ files huge claim

Jo Lunder, once one of Norway’s most successful young executives, is now demanding compensation from the Norwegian state after the country’s white-collar crime unit Økokrim dropped a corruption case against him. Lunder claims his career and reputation have been ruined, and he wants NOK 529 million (USD 66 million) to cover his losses. Lunder’s claim […]

Norwegian wins spot in US Open

One of the few people who didn’t seem surprised that young golfer Kristoffer Reitan has qualified to play in the US Open is Reitan himself. His historic qualification makes him the first Norwegian man to ever make it into one of the biggest golf tournaments of them all. “This was absolutely unexpected!” Øyvind Rojahn, top […]

Skavlan got ‘too expensive’ for NRK

Norwegian talk show host Fredrik Skavlan and his production company Monkberry demanded more money than Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) “could or would” pay when it came time for NRK to renew its contract to air the show called Skavlan. That means Skavlan and NRK are parting company after more than 20 years of broadcasting history, with […]