Sunday’s golden start went downhill

Norwegian sports fans had a golden start to the day on Sunday, when Kjetil Jansrud from Vinstra in Gudbrandsdalen skied what many called a “perfect” race to win the Super-G at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, but then things went downhill indeed. By the end of the day, Norwegian sports commentators and athletes were decidedly […]

Swedish rivals triumph in relay

Sweden's Charlotte Kalla made up a 25 second gap to win gold in the women's cross country relay on Saturday. It was Sweden's first gold medal at the Sochi Olympics. The Norwegian women were favourites going into the 20 kilometre battle, and say poor ski waxing was partly to blame for their disappointing fifth place finish. PHOTO: Sochi Media Centre

The Norwegian women’s cross country team couldn’t shake off its losing streak on Saturday morning, finishing a disappointing fifth place in the 20 kilometre relay. Adding to the Norwegian’s heartbreak was the fact rivals Sweden took home the gold medal, its first of the Sochi Olympics, after Charlotte Kalla closed an intimidating 25 second gap […]

Disappointing Friday for Norway

Norway's skip Thomas Ulsrud shouts to his teammates during their men's curling round robin game against the US at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in the Ice Cube Curling Center in Sochi February 10, 2014. PHOTO: REUTERS/Ints Kalnins/NTB Scanpix

Norway’s winter athletes failed to impress at the Sochi Olympics on Friday, missing out on medals in the men’s super combined skiing, women’s individual biathlon and men’s classic cross-country events. Norway fared no better in the team sports, with the men’s curling team going down to both Canada and China and the men’s ice hockey […]

Inferno calms, but danger remains

A crew member on the rescue boat RS Harald V sprays water on to the fire. While fire fighters on the ground hold containment lines and helicopters water bomb the blaze, rescue and coast guard boats are tasked with stopping the fire front jumping from the peninsula and across the bay. PHOTO: Redningsselskapet

An inferno which has all but flattened several coastal communities on a peninsula in Flatanger, Nord-Trøndelag was coming under control on Tuesday. On Wednesday morning the fire still raged in a 15 square kilometre area, though, and police warned winds could pick up again during the day. About 90 firefighters patrolled fire breaks overnight, spraying […]

Wildfire jumped containment lines

The fire front stretches the peninsula, razing the small coastal communities in its path. About 90 homes and buildings were destroyed on Tuesday, but all residents escaped unharmed. PHOTO: Forsvaret

A fire which razed an entire peninsula in Flatanger, Nord-Trøndelag on Tuesday flared up again in the evening, breaking through containment lines and creating a two kilometre fire front. Crews had spent the afternoon soaking a kilometre-wide fire break on the narrow section of the headland, but failed to contain the blaze. “It’s so serious […]

Strong winds kept spreading the fire

This photo taken aboard the rescue vessel "Harald V" shows how the brush fire spread over hillsides on the coastal peninsula in Nord-Trøndelag, where an estimated 140 buildings were estimated to have been destroyed by midday on Tuesday. PHOTO: Redningsskøyta Harald V

Police reported that almost 140 buildings, some of them historic trading posts,  have been destroyed after fire razed the dry coastal hills of a peninsula in Flatanger, Nord-Trøndelag on Monday night and throughout Tuesday morning. All 32 residents were evacuated as the fire tore northwards from Uran through the villages of Hårstad, Småværet and Hasvåg. […]

Norway a target for more terror

The Norwegian military and police regularly carry out anti-terror exercises, but several terrorism researchers still think Norway remains vulnerable to a terrorist attack. PHOTO: Forsvaret/Peder Torp Mathisen

The former security chief for Norwegian oil company Statoil is the latest anti-terror expert to warn that Norway is vulnerable to another terrorist attack, and possibly soon. Bernard Duncan Lyng, who’s also a former intelligence officer in the Norwegian military, notes that Norway “is an open and vulnerable country” to terrorists whose goal is to […]

Terror-hit Statoil still taking risks

The Algerian desert at In Amenas remained the scene of a dramatic hostage crisis on Thursday, with nine Norwegians believed to be among those captured. PHOTO: Statoil/Kjetil Alsvik

One year after Norwegian oil company Statoil was hit by a terrorist attack at a gas plant it co-operated in Algeria, the company continues to do business in a string of dangerous places. Like other oil companies around the world, Statoil has been expanding into politically unstable areas of the Middle East and North Africa, […]

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Millions in terror compensation paid out

Nearly all the survivors of the July 22, 2011 terror attacks have now received entitlements for the trauma they suffered. 2013 saw the highest amount of criminal injury compensation payments in Norwegian history, with more than NOK 500 million (USD 81.3 million) distributed. “The huge sum is primarily due to the processing of cases after […]