Woman fed mouse poison to husband

A 30-year-old mother of two children was due in court in Oslo on Thursday, charged with having added vanilla-flavoured mouse poison to her husband’s breakfast cereal. The case has come up during high-season for household use of mouse poison, the sales of which have been restricted in recent years.  The bizarre case of attempted murder […]

Two men arrested after bank robbery

Two men were arrested in eastern Hedmark County after the local bank in Rendalen was robbed early Monday morning. The car they were driving ran off the road and landed in a ditch betwen Drevsjø and Åkrestrømmen. Police seized both weapons and money but wouldn’t go into detail about how much. The arrests were made […]

Teenage bomb-maker sentenced to jail

A Russian teenager who set off a major bombscare in downtown Oslo last spring was sentenced to prison for nine months on Monday. The local city court didn’t believe his version of why he was found in Oslo’s congested Grønland district with a home-made explosive device on a Saturday night in April, just a day […]

Scope of Oslo’s housing scandal grows

Nearly NOK 700 million worth of residential real estate purchases by the City of Oslo, for use as housing units for troubled or financially strapped welfare clients, are now the target of various investigations. The purchases were made from serial bankruptcy filers who are believed to have logged huge gains at the expense of Oslo […]

Man charged in city housing scandal

UPDATED: Norway’s economic crime unit Økokrim has launched an investigation of its own into the City of Oslo’s questionable purchases, at inflated prices, of residential housing units. A man who’s been buying apartment buildings for the city since 2014 has been arrested and charged with misappropriation of funds and breach of trust. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv […]

Housing scandal unfolds in Oslo

Political and administrative officials at Oslo’s City Hall are alarmed, and accused of lacking control, after newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) revealed a pattern of suspicious real estate deals over the past week that’s left the city paying inflated prices for public housing units. All purchases of residential units for welfare clients have been halted and an […]

Selje hotel director convicted of arson

The owner and manager of a popular waterfront hotel in Selje, near Norway’s West Cape, has been convicted and sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison, for setting the hotel on fire. The arson was found to be part of an attempted insurance scam. The fire that broke out in November of last year destroyed the […]

Suspicion swirls on holiday island

The mayor of an island community that’s a popular holiday destination in Southern Norway has asked local police to look into suspected irregularities regarding its building permit process. Speculation is rising over whether some wealthy owners of holiday homes will be ordered to tear down the so-called hytter they may have been illegally allowed to build. […]

Ex-Kongsberg boss appeals jail term

A former sales director at state-owned Kongsberg Gruppen was sentenced on Wednesday to four-and-a-half years in prison after being convicted on charges of tax evasion, money laundering and misappropriation of funds amounting to more than NOK 50 million. Dag Tore Sekkelsten, who was responsible for Kongsberg’s sales to Romania, filed an immediate appeal. “Sekkelsten is […]

Drunk diplomat faces expulsion

Norway’s Foreign Ministry claims it’s following up on a police report that a Russian diplomat was driving under the influence of alcohol when he collided two weeks ago with a parked car in Oslo’s Frogner district. Frogner is home to many foreign embassies, but may not be so for long for the diplomat involved. Oslo […]