Pedersen wins gold at Paralympics

Jesper Pedersen from Karmøy was cherishing Norway’s first gold medal at the Paralympics in South Korea, part of a new medals rush following the Winter Olympics last month. Pedersen’s victory in the men’s giant slalom sitting came after he’d already won the World Cup in his sport. “I don’t think I’ve realized this yet, it’s […]

Martine’s family still seeking justice

It’s been 10 years since Martine Vik Magnussen, a 23-year-old student from an affluent Norwegian family, was found raped and murdered in London. The only suspect, her classmate Farouk Abdulhak with whom she’d been seen leaving a London nightclub, fled the UK before police could arrest him. Now both her family and Scotland Yard are appealing […]

Suspected spy back in court

UPDATED: Frode Berg, the retired border inspector from Northern Norway who’s being held on espionage charges in Moscow, had another day in court on Tuesday but will continue to be held in custody through the summer. The Norwegian government is now covering his attorneys’ fees, but his appeal to be released on bail was flatly […]

Holmenkollen drew Olympic stars

UPDATED: Winter sports stars gathered in Oslo over the weekend for the annual Holmenkollen Ski Festival. One of them was attracting more attention, and not just because of his carefully waxed moustache. Ski jumper Robert Johansson won individual bronze medals and team gold at the Olympics in South Korea, and then came home to win […]

President of the Storting resigns

Olemic Thommessen, the embattled president of Norway’s Parliament (Storting), finally bowed to pressure on Thursday and announced that he would resign his post that’s second only to the monarch’s. After years of controversy over several issues, Thommessen fell victim to massive budget overruns on a construction project for which his office had responsibility. Thommessen’s announcement […]

‘Mr Lee’ leaves a legacy in Norway

Chul Ho Lee escaped the horrors of the Korean War to become a pioneering immigrant in Norway and its much-loved “Noodle King,” who later was decorated by Norway’s own King Harald V. His funeral this week came at a time when his homeland is very much back in the international news, and with strong links […]

Royals well-received in Argentina

King Harald and Queen Sonja are on a state visit to Argentina this week, accompanied by several government ministers and around 60 Norwegian business leaders. The goal is to boost trade between Norway and Argentina. “There’s no doubt that President (Mauricio) Macri’s economic policies and his desire for more foreign investment makes it more attractive […]

Rape accusation haunts oil minister

Norway’s Oil & Energy Minister Terje Søviknes was back in the news this weekend, regarding an issue that has little to do with his oil politics. It’s been 18 years since he was caught in scandal and had to admit having sex with an intoxicated teenager at a Progress Party meeting in January 2000. Now […]

Boine honoured by her peers

Mari Boine won her first Norwegian music honour, the Spellemannspris, nearly 30 years ago. Norway’s most well-known Sami musician has since claimed three more and now, over the weekend, the equivalent of Norway’s lifetime achievement award at the nationally televised gala. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK)’s Spellemannspris awards ceremony is the evening of the year when the […]

Klæbo headed home from a ‘golden OL’

Norway’s new wonderboy in skiing, Johannes Høsflot Klæbo, was heading home before the Winter Olympics end this weekend. The 21-year-old sensation on skis decided not to race in the men’s tough 50-kilometer race on Saturday, admitting that his three Olympic gold medals had drained him of energy. “After I recovered from the race yesterday (the […]