‘The Gathering’ set new attendance record

Nearly 7,000 young computer enthusiasts packed the iconic Vikingskipet hall in Hamar during the Easter holidays to attend the 25th anniversary of “The Gathering.” It remains Norway’s largest gathering of high-tech-oriented teenagers who prefer a dark hall and constant online events to skiing in the nearby mountains. This year’s Gathering set a new record in attendance and […]

Snow complicated heavy Easter traffic

Snow and slippery roads in Southern Norway added to motorists’ frustration and traffic authorities’ concerns on Monday, when hundreds of thousands of Norwegians drove home after the long Easter holiday weekend. Driving conditions were especially difficult on the E18 highway through Sørlandet. Traffic was also heavy both Sunday and Monday on main highways from the mountains back […]

Security tightens for the 17th of May

Norway’s annual Constitution Day celebrations on the 17th of May are likely to unfold amidst special anti-terror measures this year. Higher threat levels are prompting top state and city officials in Oslo to make “concrete evaluations” of risk factors and security levels around what’s traditionally been a children’s parade. Norway’s police intelligence unit PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste) raised the […]

Sun worshippers find Opera’s light

It’s long been a status symbol for many Norwegians to return to school or work with a suntan after the Easter holidays. These city slickers in Oslo who hadn’t traveled to the mountains for spring skiing, or to warmer southern climes, found a much cheaper option for catching some rays on the snow-white roof of the Opera House before […]

Spring skiers warned against sunburn

Norway’s national cancer association (Kreftforeningen) was once against warning everyone heading outdoors to enjoy spring skiing during the Easter holidays to use sun block creams and dark sunglasses. Weather forecasts in Southern Norway were predicting temperatures as high as 15C in some areas. “In the mountains of Southern Norway, the Easter sun can be  intense,” Bjørn […]

‘God påske’ weekend to all our readers

Norway’s annual “Easter Exodus” is underway, with new figures showing that nearly half the country’s entire population planned to take time off for a spring vacation combined with the Easter holidays. Many Norwegians still head for the mountains for traditional spring skiing holidays, while increasing numbers travel within the country or go abroad. Norway officially observes more […]

Traffic warnings posted as Easter exodus began

Police and traffic officials were warning motorists to exercise patience and drive defensively as the annual Easter exodus from Norway’s major cities began on Friday. The day before the beginning of the annual Easter holiday week is always one of the year’s busiest. “Folks are now very ready for the Easter holidays, to visit friends […]

‘Fake news’ kills off April Fool’s stories

A long media tradition in Norway of airing or publishing false stories on April 1, in the hopes of fooling readers and listeners, was in danger of dying out this year. Several media outlets claimed they were dropping the tradition, for fear their “April Fool’s” stories would now be branded as “fake news.” “We should be allowed to […]

Winter holidays may soon melt away

Scenic landscapes, crisp cold air and lots of snow for skiing have created the tradition of winter holidays for millions of Norwegians over the years. As many headed home over the weekend from mountain cabins and hotels, though, they were acutely aware that the tradition is under threat because of the lack of the most […]

Oslo’s fireworks disappeared in the fog

The City of Oslo, which has banned private use of fireworks in and around downtown for safety reasons, spent NOK 800,000 (USD 93,000) putting on another public fireworks display on New Year’s Eve. Unfortunately, hardly anyone was able to see it. After a clear, sunny day on Saturday, a sudden fog enveloped Oslo just before midnight. […]