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 […]

NATO boss ‘surprised’ by extended term

Jens Stoltenberg, the former Norwegian prime minister who became secretary general of NATO in 2014, said he was “surprised” but also “honoured” that his term of duty was extended this week by another two years. He thinks it gives him an even stronger mandate than he already had. “I was under the impression that there […]

Competitors clap for Klæbo

Norway’s new ski hero Johannes Høsflot Klæbo remained undefeated after he won his sixth World Cup race in a row in Davos last weekend. Some Norwegian women skiers also struck back with victories of their own, but Klæbo continued to astound everyone including rivals who applauded his success. Frederico Pellegrino of the Italian men’s ski […]

Nobel drama rolls behind the scenes

As traditional Nobel Peace Prize events unfold in Oslo this weekend and on Monday, an unprecedented political drama is still rolling around the make-up of the Norwegian Nobel Committee that selects Peace Prize winners. Calls are now going out for one of the committee’s most prominent members to resign, while another seat will only temporarily […]

Party leader out for three months

Audun Lysbakken, leader of Norway’s Socialist Left party (SV) and a key member of the opposition in Parliament, was set to be taking off on three months of sick leave from Monday. He still planned to attend the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony on Sunday, though. Lysbakken, who turned 40 this autumn, candidly reported that he’s […]

Sportscaster quits under a cloud

Davy Wathne, one of Norway’s most well-known TV personalities, claims he decided himself to resign from his longtime role as sportscaster for the national commercial channel TV2. His resignation comes after a string of complaints over his behaviour and accusations of harassment. “It has to do with my form, my style and my jargon,” Wathne, […]

Oil minister feels some heat

Norway’s Oil & Energy Minister Terje Søviknes may well be looking forward to some time off during the Christmas holidays. In the past few months he’s been under pressure on a variety of fronts, not long after a fall that left him on crutches. It hasn’t been the best of times for Søviknes, whose Progress […]

Marathon man fastest in Europe

Norwegians were winning lots of World Cup ski races on two continents during the weekend, but they pale in comparison to the victory scored by marathon runner Sondre Nordstad Moen in Japan. Moen won the Fukuoka Open International Marathon, and became the fastest European in history. Moen ran the 26-mile course in just two hours, […]

New skiing hero undefeated

Johannes Høsflot Klæbo confirmed his spot as Norway’s new wonderboy of cross-country skiing star and hero as well at the World Cup events in Lillehammer over the weekend. First he won the men’s sprint and the 15-kilometer race as snow fell on Saturday, and then he won the tough 30-kilometer race in brilliant sunshine on […]

Northug forced to drop training

UPDATED: “This is a crisis for Petter Northug,” exclaimed former long-distance skier and NRK commentator Fredrik Aukland after Norway’s former cross-country skiing star did so poorly in the weekend’s World Cup prologue events in Lillehammer that he dropped out and went home. On Monday, leaders of the men’s national ski team dropped Northug off the […]