Indian costumes sell out for Halloween

Many Norwegians have embraced the Halloween holiday long popular in the US, along with the opportunity it presents to dress up in costumes and have a party. The costume most in demand this year turns out to be more elaborate versions of those used by kids playing Cowboys and Indians, just weeks after Norwegian Finance […]

More Norwegians out traveling

Nearly four out of five Norwegians have been taking off on summer holidays this year, with Crete, Mallorca, Rhodes, Split in Croatia and Cyprus emerging as their top destinations. A survey conducted by employers’ organization Virke also showed that 57 percent planned to spend holiday time abroad. There also was an increase in the numbers of Norwegians […]

Seeing the light at Lista by the sea

PHOTO FEATURE: Norway is best known for its mountains and fjords, but it also can offer long sandy beaches and flat, wide-open spaces along its blustery coast. The area called Lista in Southwestern Norway is also known for its strong ties to the US through generations of emigration in both directions. Frequent and strong winds that sweep […]

The summer magic of Norway’s ‘marka’

PHOTO FEATURE: Most Norwegian towns and cities are surrounded by local hills and forests known as marka. They provide a fantastic rereational getaway for hiking in summer and skiing in winter, accessible by local transport lines, parking lots at trailheads for those with cars, or simply by walking out the door. In Oslo, the magic of […]

Paper delivered dubious greeting to US

Norwegian media outlets have, like so many others around the world, been closely following the ongoing drama and surprises around the US’ new president, Donald Trump. One Norwegian newspaper fired off an editorial on the US’ 4th of July holiday Tuesday that was anything but a friendly greeting. Entitled Gratulerer, USA (Congratulations, USA), the editorial in newspaper Dagsavisen […]

Sweden hails Norway in rare broadcast

Relations between Norway and Sweden are officially excellent, but privately many Swedes and Norwegians have badgered and belittled each other for years. Most of the incessant ridicule is based on rivalry and even envy, but now Sweden’s national broadcaster SVT has sent some rare, genuine compliments and congratulations that have caught Norwegians by surprise. The occasion was Norway’s national day on […]

Police resorted to creative anti-terror methods

Police in Oslo and other Norwegian cities literally cordoned off major streets that were being used for the country’s 17th of May parades on Wednesday, to prevent any terrorists from driving trucks into crowds of people. They used both barricades and buses to block key intersections. Side-streets to Oslo’s Karl Johans Gate, for example, were […]

Celebrations warm the Svalbard chill

PHOTO FEATURE: While Norway’s royal family waved as usual to the 17th of May parade in Oslo, hardy residents of Norway’s main settlement on Svalbard braved the Artic chill and an uncertain economic future with a unique parade of their own. It included almost the entire town, neighbouring Russians from Barentsburg and visitors from around the world, in quite […]

Norway celebrates from north to south

LONGYEARBYEN: Flags were raised and events officially kicked off at 8am all over the country on Wednesday as Norwegians launched into their Constitution Day celebrations on the 17th of May. The holiday is known for its unabashed displays of patriotism, highlighted by children, flags, tradition and memorials to fallen heroes. Here in Norway’s most northern community on Svalbard, flags […]

Sounds from the 17th on Svalbard

VIDEO FEATURE: This was one of many busy brass bands in Norway on the 17th of May. Svalbard’s Longyearbyen Storband, all dressed in hardhats and working clothes from the state-owned coal company Store Norske, were out early for a wreath-laying at the town’s monument to miners, then marched in the parade and played at another tribute to […]