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 […]

Zuccarello back in the world championships


UPDATED: It’s been six years since Norwegian hockey star Mats Zuccarello of the New York Rangers has played on his own country’s national team in the Ice Hockey World Championships. Injuries and post-league play kept him away, but he’s back now, even though that didn’t help save Norway’s opening match over the weekend. The Norwegians […]

Football bosses to reveal travel bills

Kjetil Siem, one of Norway's top football bureaucrats, has defended the way NFF has handled its many problems of late, not least the replacement of head coach Egil "Drillo" Olsen. Siem, shown here being interviewed by state broadcaster NRK, has also made it clear that he dislikes the criticism NFF has been getting. PHOTO: NRK screen grab/

After months of defiance, top officials within Norway’s national football federation have given in to demands to make public what they spend on travel. Football boss Kjetil Siem claimed he wanted to stop feeling like he was under constant suspicion. “Now everyone can see where the trips have gone, who has been traveling, their receipts for […]

Winter makes a comeback

Traffic warnings were up on many mountain roads in southern and central Norway on Saturday. Snow and slippery conditions dominated, just as runners in Oslo were welcoming the spring and skiers thought they’d be saying farewell to winter. More than 12,000 skiers, including champions like Therese Johaug and Petter Northug, were making the annual trek […]

Huge interest all but drowns waterslide project

Interest is so massive in plans to create a giant waterslide on a hilly street in Oslo this summer that the website set up to sell tickets crashed over the weekend. It simply couldn’t handle the demand. “Some of you experienced problems yesterday in ordering tickets for Norway’s longest waterslide,” read a message posted on […]