Pioneering queen hailed on her 80th

She was once accused of being a threat to the Norwegian monarchy but on Tuesday Queen Sonja was being hailed for saving it. As she turned 80 on the 4th of July, the commoner who married then-Crown Prince Harald 49 years ago was finally getting credit for reforming an institution that most Norwegians willingly admit is an anachronism that nonetheless enjoys […]

Paris pact ‘drowns’ in Norway’s oil

“This is crazy!” exclaimed the leader of Norway’s Natur og Ungdom (Nature and Youth) environmental organization on Wednesday, after the Norwegian government forged ahead with plans to open up more of the Arctic than ever before to oil exploration and production. Of the 102 new exploration areas to be offered next spring, 93 lie in […]

Terror suspect still in custody in Oslo

Norway’s long Pinse (Whitsund) weekend was dominated by news of the latest terrorist attack in London, where many Norwegians study, work and live. In Oslo, meanwhile, a 17-year-old terror suspect remained in custody, with police wanting to keep him there. The 17-year-old Russian citizen was arrested on April 8, just a day after a terrorist attack […]

Norway qualifies for Eurovision final

The Norwegian duo known as JOWST were voted into Saturday’s grand final of the annual Eurovision Song Contest Thursday night, after two semi-finals that Eurovision’s Norwegian chief Jon Ola Sand has said were the most challenging that he’s ever had to lead. They’ve been taking place this week in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital that’s been plagued by political […]

‘God påske’ weekend to all our readers

Norway’s annual “Easter Exodus” is underway, with new figures showing that nearly half the country’s entire population planned to take time off for a spring vacation combined with the Easter holidays. Many Norwegians still head for the mountains for traditional spring skiing holidays, while increasing numbers travel within the country or go abroad. Norway officially observes more […]

Birkebeiner attracts record foreigners

Organizers of this year’s annual and highly traditional Birkebeiner ski race from Rena to Lillehammer faced having the lowest number of participants in 15 years. They’re making up for at least some of the loss by instead attracting record numbers of foreign racers, keen to test their stamina in the 54-kilometer marathon. “I am from Granada,” […]

Hazards abound as roads turned to ice

Police in nearly all the counties of southern and central Norway were posting warnings Thursday morning that roads and highways were so slippery that even the trucks sent out to salt and gravel them were sliding out of control. Motorists were strongly urged to leave their vehicles parked. The situation was especially serious in the counties […]

Norway wins spot in handball finals

Fans were crying with joy from the grandstands in Paris to living rooms at home in Norway, and tears were shed among players and coaches alike: For the first time ever, Norway’s men’s handball team had made it to the semi-finals of the world championships, and then they won. As if that wasn’t enough, their victory was […]

Diesel ban extended, no fines issued yet

UPDATED: A combination of cold, still winter weather and poor air quality prompted Oslo city officials to enforce a ban on diesel-driven vehicles in the Norwegian capital for the first time ever. Those caught driving a diesel vehicle on city-owned streets face a fine of NOK 1,500 (USD 176). The diesel ban was initially put […]

West Coast braced for storm and floods

Yet another storm accompanied by extremely high seas and tides were already setting in along Norway’s West Coast on Wednesday. “The water levels will be even higher than we thought,” said state meteorologist Anne-Mette Olsen as the extreme weather system known as Vidar threatened property damage. “I think a lot of people will have problems with […]