Pakistanis celebrate national day

Not unlike Americans celebrating the 4th of July in Frogner Park, Oslo’s large Pakistani community was gathering at Ekeberg on Tuesday to celebrate their national day. For some children with Pakistani roots, it means they get to march in two national parades: Norway’s on the 17th of May and Pakistan’s on the 14th of August. […]

Five more Norwegian teens arrested in Greece

Young Norwegian men have been causing trouble on Greek islands this summer. State broadcaster NRK reported Sunday that five more were arrested on the island of Ios, and charged with beating and breaking the legs of another Norwegian 18-year-old. NRK reported that Norwegian youth say that fights have broken out nearly every day during the […]

Minister broke more government rules

A political storm continued to swirl around Fisheries Minister Per Sandberg through the weekend. Now he admits that he took his government-issued mobile phone with him not only on his highly controversial summer holiday trip to Iran, but also to China this past spring. Several of his conservative Progress Party colleagues are as angry with […]

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 […]