Summer holidays close to home

Hundreds of thousands of Norwegians launched their annual summer holidays over the weekend, which marked the start of the three-week period known as fellesferie. The myth that “everyone” heads for southern Europe or farther afield isn’t true, though, with three out of five Norwegians planning to stay in Norway, some of them in rather primitive […]

‘Norway still needs Pride and parades’

NEWS ANALYSIS: This year’s Pride Parade in Oslo was the biggest ever, attracting an estimated 40,000 marchers and 200,000 spectators during the weekend. It was led by government ministers and the city’s mayor, to send official messages of tolerance and inclusion that are perhaps more needed now than ever before. Newspaper Aftenposten, for example, editorialized […]

NRK journalists still on strike

A strike that’s all but shut down new from Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) entered its second week on Tuesday. The two side in the conflict seem to be even farther apart than when journalists walked off the job last Monday. Several of NRK’s most well-known news anchors and reporters were out protesting in force during the […]

Holiday traffic resulted in delays

Norway’s long pinse holiday weekend ended Monday afternoon with lots of major traffic back-ups on highways like the E18 and E6 around Oslo, and with several traffic accidents. News bureau NTB reported that the slowest routes were on the E18 from Kragerø towards Porsgrunn, as holidaymakers headed home from a sunny weekend on Norway’s southern […]

Visitors flock to North Sea island

UTSIRA: Hundreds of thousands of Norwegians made the best of the country’s last long public holiday weekend until Christmas, and were able to enjoy lots of sunshine and unusually warm temperatures before heading back to work. On this windswept island in the North Sea, cars and people literally burst off the ferry from the mainland […]

Resurgent economy fueled celebrations

HAUGESUND: Residents of this windy West Coast city turned out by the thousands to celebrate Norway’s national day on Thursday. Towering in the background was a huge new locally-assembled drilling rig that may well have boosted celebrants’ spirits this year as they smiled, sang and shouted hurra. Norwegians all over the country celebrate their freedom […]

Rowing is part of patriotic tradition

HAUGESUND: 17th of May celebrations can include some unique local traditions around Norway. In the West Coast city of Haugesund, not far from the historic Viking settlement at Avaldnes on Karmøy, rowing is a big part of the program. “Competitive rowing on Smedasundet (the sound through Haugesund’s downtown area) is Haugesund’s oldest tradition,” proclaims the […]

‘Gratulerer med dagen!’

This wreath in the colors of Norway’s flag was among the many that would be placed on monuments to notable Norwegians and the graves of fallen heroes on Thursday, as Norway celebrated its most important day of the year on the 17th of May. This wreath was placed early at a fisherman’s monument on the […]

17th of May loomed without NRK’s news

Norwegians were facing their most festive and important day of the year on Thursday without any photos, videos, interviews or documentation by state broadcaster NRK. It’s a huge loss of festive and traditional all-day coverage for the record books, but a proposal to grant NRK dispensation from the strike by 1,700 journalists has received little […]

Cash is king at most confirmations

Norwegian teenagers going through the rite of passage known as konfirmasjon (confirmation) have been caught boasting about all the money they’re given in gifts. Their claims on social media, often accompanied by photos showing them fingering lots of cash, paint an unflattering picture of greed and anything but the maturity confirmation is literally supposed to […]