Gorgeous weather warmed folks up

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After one of the gloomiest winters on record, spring seemed to have sprung over the weekend. Brilliantly sunny skies and no wind left the Oslo Fjord smooth as glass, but state meteorologists warned that colder days loomed ahead. The weather was simply gorgeous over most of southern Norway on both Saturday and Sunday. From Trondheim to […]

A cultural treasure before the blaze

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UPDATED: The Norwegian mountain town of Lærdalsøyri, hit by a devastating fire over the weekend, has long contained what historians call a “unique” concentration of small wooden houses on par with the better-known preserved districts of Gamle Stavanger and the neighbourhood behind Bryggen in Bergen. Conservationists were cautiously optimistic on Monday that the majority of […]

Fire in the sky as winter approaches

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Norway may be heading into the longest nights of the year, but the dark season known as mørketiden also tends to serve up some spectacular sunsets. On Friday we caught this colorful view of the west Oslo district called Filipstad with some of the famous museums at Bygdøy fading into the deep shadow of an […]

Foreign minister talks shop in India

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Foreign Minister Børge Brende browsed souvenir stalls in New Delhi before getting down to more important business in the Indian capital on Monday. Brende is attending an Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM), a 51-country forum promoting dialogue between Asia and Europe. Regional issues, economic cooperation and bilateral talks will dominate the three-day conference. Later in the […]

Dazzling display of autumn colours

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PICTURE STORY: The annual display of autumn leaves has seemed especially dazzling around southern Norway this year, and it’s lasted long as well. From the earliest golden hues in the mountains in August, to the brilliant red and orange foliage along the Oslo Fjord this past week, the colourful season has been enhanced by unusually […]

Public warms up to contested park

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PHOTO FEATURE: “Fantastic,” “monumental” and “bordello” are among phrases tossed about in Norwegian media lately to describe the new Ekeberg Park opening this week in Oslo. See some of it yourself in this series of photos taken before all the official ceremonies began. Click on the photos here and over your mouse over them to read […]

Looking beyond the destruction

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PHOTO FEATURE: Two years after a bomber attacked Norway’s government complex in Oslo, Norwegians could finally see for themselves how the buildings held up. State officials hosted an unusual “open house” that resulted in a weekend of reflection for many over the events of July 22, 2011, and over options for rebuilding. Hover your mouse […]

An unconventional look at Bardu

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VIDEO FEATURE: Bardu is the title of  the latest unconventional view of Norway by artist Kristian Larsen, whose innovative Oslo in motion video got a lot of reader-viewer attention earlier this year. This time, Larsen is using his trademark time-lapse technique to portray his hometown of Bardu. For improved view, see instructions below. Encompassing a total area […]

Campaigning, Norwegian style

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PICTURE STORY: The political party booths that popped up in downtown Oslo late this summer have been busy during the past week, as Norwegians wander along the capital’s main boulevard, Karl Johans Gate, and chat with politicians ahead of Monday’s parliamentary election. The scene is repeated in towns and cities around the country: Norway’s grassroots […]

Late summer in the mountains

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PICTURE SERIES: Neither rain, nor sleet, nor dark of day will keep eager hikers indoors. This group kept trudging towards the peak called “Høgevarde” atop Norefjell in the middle of a downpour on Sunday, complete with hail, making the most of a late summer weekend. As summer eases into autumn in Norway, the mountains continue […]