Solberg finally able to go on holiday

Erna Solberg at Norway Cup

It’s been a long hot summer for Prime Minister Erna Solberg, but with the terror threat against Norway appearing to ease, she’s finally going to join her family for some holiday abroad. She made a point of appearing at the huge Norway Cup football tournament going on in the Oslo area this week, and once […]

Man swam from Norway to Denmark

A 33-year-old man from the western Norwegian city of Haugesund has become the first person to swim over the Skagerrak from the tip of southern Norway to the tip of northern Denmark. Stian Vikra, who only started long-distance swimming six years ago, made the roughly 120-kilometer swim in 45 hours. Vikra dove into the waters off […]

Norway Cup starts with few dropouts

Norway Cup, often ranked as the largest youth football tournament in the world, is underway again in Oslo despite new threats of terror against Norway. PHOTO: Utenriksdepartementet

More than 30,000 young football enthusiasts from all over the world are in Oslo for the annual Norway Cup football tournament that kicks off this weekend. It still ranks as the world’s largest youth football tournament, also after a few Norwegian football teams dropped out because of terrorism fears. The teams, from small towns around Norway, […]

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 […]

‘Rotten’ Kristoff takes another win

Alexander Kristoff celebrates after winning his second Tour de France stage, despite feeling "rotten" for most of the race. PHOTO: facebook.com/pages/Alexander-Kristoff

Norwegian cyclist Alexander Kristoff felt so bad on Sunday’s Tour de France stage 15, he almost asked his team mates to stop riding for him. He managed to stay with the peloton which, in a thrilling finish, caught up with breakaway riders Jack Bauer and Martin Elmiger 50 meters ahead of the finish, before Kristoff […]

Kristoff’s stage 12 ‘Le Tour’ triumph

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At the start of the week, Alexander Kristoff was so sick from a stomach complaint he almost dropped out of the Tour de France. On Thursday, the only Norwegian cyclist in the 2014 competition surged back to a stunning victory in stage 12 from Bourg-en-Bresse to Saint-Étienne. Kristoff held off the field on the 185.5 […]

Alta salmon river lures the wealthy

The Alta river offers fabled fabled salmon fishing for enthusiasts willing to spend a small fortune for the thrill of it. PHOTO: Wikipedia

The sheer number of expensive private jets parked at the airport in the relatively small northern Norwegian town of Alta is a good indication that Norway’s wild salmon season is in full swing. The shores of the nearby Alta River provide favorite fishing grounds for the rich and powerful. Royalty, chief executives, rock stars and wealthy […]

Victory in Deila’s Celtic debut

Ronny Deila’s first official match as Scottish club Celtic’s coach ended in a nail-biting victory on Tuesday. Another debutant, Callum McGregor scored in the final five minutes against KR Reykjavik to clinch the win in the team’s second Champions League qualifying round. Celtic was the favourite going into the match in Iceland, reported Norwegian Broadcasting […]

Football clubs’ staggering losses

Many Norwegian football clubs including Oslo's biggest, Vålerenga, have had little to celebrate in recent years. Serious financial mismanagement has left the top two divisions in a state of economic crisis. PHOTO: Vålerenga Fotball

The financial crisis engulfing Norwegian top-flight football clubs has continued to worsen, with clubs losing NOK 460 million (USD 74.3 million) over the last six years. Failed sponsorship deals, expensive player contracts, declining public interest, board decisions based on emotion and a reliance on bail-outs have all been blamed for the financial woes. Figures from the […]

Kristoff battles on in Tour de France

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Norwegian cyclist Alexander Kristoff announced on Monday night he would not be dropping out of the Tour de France as feared. Kristoff has been plagued by stomach problems throughout the event, but said his form had improved during Monday’s mountain stage. Kristoff rode Sunday’s 70 kilometre stage with severe stomach pain, and it was feared […]