Tall Ships sail on, despite terror threat

Tall Ships Races in Fredrikstad

PHOTO FEATURE: Dozens of the most graceful and historic vessels in the world have been sailing along Norway’s coast this month, as the annual Tall Ships Races called first at Fredrikstad in the south and then, this week, sailed into Bergen. The Tall Ships Races scheduled for this weekend unexpectedly coincided with heightened security around the country […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Stoltenberg opened new glacier center

Posing in front of the scenic Nigarsbreen glacier, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg opened a new visitor's center at Breheimen on June 24. It's Norway's largest glacier area and also the biggest in mainland Europe. The center is headed by Peder Kjærvik (left). PHOTO: Statsministerens kontor

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg recently attended the grand opening of  a new visitor’s center at the entrance to the Jostedal Glacier National Park in the county of Sogn og Fjordane. It replaces the previous visitor’s center that burned down in July 2011. “That was not just a loss for the local community, but also for […]

Eide strengthens ties with Indonesia

Foreign Minister Epsen Barth Eide and his Indonesian colleague Marty Natalegawa signed a cooperation  agreement in Jakarta on Wednesday. PHOTO: Utenriksdepartementet/Astrid Sehl

Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide and his Indonesian colleague Marty Natalegawa agreed to form a joint commission on Wednesday, paving the way for increased cooperation in areas of mutual interest to the two resource-rich countries. Following talks in Jakarta on greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation in Indonesia and other issues, the ministers signed a so-called memorandum […]

Holmås sees pirates of the Indian Ocean

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Development Minister Heikki Holmås met convicted pirates in a Seychelles prison on June 28. Holmås visited the island-state to sign an agreement providing for imprisonment in the Seychelles of pirates detained by the Norwegian frigate KNM Fridtjof Nansen, which is on anti-piracy duty in the Indian Ocean. More than 20,000 merchant vessels pass through the […]

Svalbard offers Himalayan insight

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India is increasingly interested in studying climate change in Norway’s far northern archipelago of Svalbard, which could help Indian scientists better understand changes in the Himalayas. India’s foreign minister Salman Khurshid visited Svalbard this week, enjoying his country’s fresh observer status on the Arctic Council. Along with Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide, Khurshid visited the main […]

‘Gratulerer,’ and eat some cake

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PHOTO FEATURE: Politicians poured out of Norway’s Parliament on Tuesday and into brilliant sunshine in Oslo, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of full voting rights for women. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and other party and parliamentary leaders handed out cake and congratulations (“Gratulerer!”) at one of many special events held all over the country. Stoltenberg […]