Norwegians hail Iceland’s victory over England

Norwegian football fans, disappointed that their own national team didn’t qualify to play in the European Championships, were cheering nonetheless after Iceland beat England in a victory Monday night that’s been branded as nothing short of sensational. Norwegian fans latched on to Iceland as a fellow Nordic nation that also has several players who have […]

Norway cheers for Iceland at Euro2016


Norwegian football fans were cheering and all but claiming Iceland’s stunning 1-1 tie against Portugal at the European Championships (Euro2016) in France Wednesday night. Birkir Bjarnason, who scored in the second-half and robbed Portugal of an expected victory, grew up in Norway and started his football career at Norwegian clubs Figgjo and Viking. Bjarnason and Iceland […]

Riise placed among the greatest

John Arne Riise

Football commentators and sportswriters in Norway were suddenly hailing former Liverpool player John Arne Riise this week as among the country’s greatest ever, after he announced his equally sudden retirement as an active player on Monday, at an age of 35. May 25, 2005 was singled out as the high point of Riise’s career, when […]

Javelin star throws himself into new career

PHOTO: NRK screen grab/

Andreas Thorkildsen has let his hair and beard grow as he also opts for an abrupt change in his career after years of ranking as one of Norway’s top athletes. The winner of two Olympic gold medals and multiple others is throwing in his javelin and joining the ranks of TV commentators. Thorkildsen, now age […]

Northug told to cut out poker

PHOTO: NTB Scanpix

Professional skier Petter Northug is usually off playing poker in major tournaments at this time of year, but not any more. Newspaper Adresseavisen reports that he was ordered by his main sponsor, grocery store chain Coop, to drop his controversial poker playing after he got into drunk-driving trouble two years ago. “I don’t play poker […]

Norwegian wins last lap of Tour of Norway

Professional Norwegian cyclist Edvald Boasson Hagen made what commentators called a “heroic” effort to win the weekend’s overall Tour of Norway cycling race, but succeeded only in winning the last lap. Hagen sailed into the southern city of Sarpsborg way ahead of the pack. It was Hagen’s second straight win in a row in the […]

Hockey players hail departing coach

Roy Johansen

Norway’s national ice hockey team not only won a World Championship match on their own national day, the 17th of May, on Tuesday, but they also named their much-loved head coach Roy Johansen as the best on the ice. It was Johansen’s last match as head coach, and the got quite a send-off. He claimed […]

Ice hockey team humiliated again

Norway’s national hockey team has gone from the proverbial thrill of victory to the agony of defeat again at the Ice Hockey World Championships in Moscow. The Czech Republic proved too powerful for the Norwegians, who lost by a humiliating score of 7-0. The heavy loss came just two days after Norway beat the strong Swiss […]

Norway triumphed in latest hockey match

Norwegian spirits were soaring on the ice in Moscow this week, after Norway’s national team scored another, and important, victory at the Ice Hockey World Championships. They beat Kazakhstan by a score of 4-2, aided by one of their biggest stars, Mats Zuccarello, who just ended a great season playing for the New York Rangers. The […]

New limit to curb lottery losses

Many Norwegians tune in every week to watch Norsk Tipping hosts like these draw numbers and announce who has won the week's various games like "Lotto." Both lottery and government officials worry too many people are spending too much money trying to become "Lotto Millionaires," so limits are being placed on gaming. PHOTO: Norsk Tipping

The Norwegian government plans to limit the amounts of money that can be spent by individual players active in Norsk Tipping, the state-owned and regulated national lottery organization. The government is responding to concerns about gaming addicts who can ruin their own and their families’ finances. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Wednesday that the government will effectively restrict the amounts of money Norwegians […]