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Ski officials still face harsh criticism

Even as the Nordic World Ski Championships opened in Lahti, Finland this week, and Norwegian skiers won both gold and bronze medals, the officials running their Oslo-based national skiing federation were facing more criticism. Now it’s been revealed that last year’s doping drama against one of Norway’s star skiers was kept secret even from the federation’s own […]

The Russian Embassy in Oslo calls its relations with Norway ‘unsatisfactory’

UPDATED: Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende claimed on Thursday that he’d had “a useful conversation” with his Russian counterpart, Sergej Lavrov, at the G20 summit in Bonn. On Friday, the Russian Embassy in Oslo sent out a very different message, claiming in a “comment” published on social media that Russia’s “bilateral relation” with Norway is “unsatisfactory” and “not […]

Culture shock hits refugees in Karasjok

Karasjok in Northern Norway is known as a capital of Sami culture with long cold winters, equally long light summer days and wide open spaces. Not everyone wants to live there, though, and several refugee families from Syria are suffering culture shock in Karasjok. Like growing numbers elsewhere, they just want to go home. That’s extremely difficult if […]

Norway recognizes its Holocaust role

The gloomy, foggy weather in Oslo on Friday was perhaps a fitting backdrop as Norwegian officials and mourners prepared to gather once again on International Holocaust Day. As consciousness of Norway’s direct involvement in the Holocaust continues to rise, the location for Friday’s memorial was the same as in recent years: the waterfront just below the […]

Widerøe orders new jets

Norway’s domestic, short-haul airline Widerøe has graduated from propeller planes to its first new jets, ordering three Embraer E190 E2 aircraft with an option for 12 more. The new jets can carry 114 passengers and are a step up from the Bombardier Dash 8 turboprop aircraft now in Widerøe’s fleet. The Dash 8s will still be […]

Mass-murderer Breivik back in court

The young right-wing Norwegian extremist who killed 77 people on July 22, 2011 was due to be back in a make-shift courtroom at his high-security prison in Skien on Tuesday. Mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik still contends that the strict terms of his imprisonment violate his human rights. Breivik’s mental health will be a central part of the […]

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Skepticism grows over immigration

A new survey carried out by state statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway) shows that a third of all Norwegians now think it should become even more difficult for asylum seekers to secure residence permission. That’s up 4 percent from last year, with SSB also reporting “changes in several indications of attitudes” regarding immigration. The survey of attitudes towards immigrants […]

Government wants to lengthen jail terms

Nothing like going out with a bang: Outgoing Justice Minister Anders Anundsen announced plans on Monday to nearly double Norway’s maximum prison term for multiple offenders. He also proposes scrapping or reducing so-called “prison rebates” for convicts in criminal cases. Anundsen, who’s widely expected to resign from government service on Tuesday as part of a ministerial […]

Kissinger met by protesters in Oslo

During a weekend dedicated to peace, one of the guests who’d been invited to the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony set off just the opposite. Demonstrations broke out and police sent in reenforcements when Henry Kissinger, long one of the US’ most controversial top officials, also spoke at a Nobel-connected event on Sunday. The University of Oslo’s […]