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 […]

State auditor in trouble again

Norway’s state auditor general, the veteran Conservative politician Per-Kristian Foss, has once again become the target of complaints over his allegedly rough management style. Foss once again has promised to improve his ways. “I can be too impatient,” Foss admitted to newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) this week. “And I can get angry.” He added, though, […]

‘Circus Bolt’ came to Drammen

It created a bit of a sensation when the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, showed up in the mid-sized Norwegian city of Drammen this week, to train with the local football club Strømsgodset. He insists he’s just there to “get fit” again and “train with the guys,” and maybe learn a thing or two. Norwegian Broadcasting […]

Norwegian advanced in the French Open

Casper Ruud is only 19 years old but he managed to advance on Monday in the prestigious French Open tennis tournament. “This is huge,” exclaimed his Facebook page, and Norwegian media seemed to agree. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) wrote that the young man representing the Snarøya Tennis Club located just west of Oslo almost seemed to […]

Abel Prize winner donates the proceeds

Canadian mathematician Robert P Langlands plans to donate the NOK 6 million he’s receiving as this year’s winner of the Abel Prize, set up by the Norwegian Parliament to honour outstanding mathematical work and research. Langlands, a professor at Princeton University in the US, won the prize for “his visionary program connecting representation theory to […]