Chinese Embassy bashes Nobel leader

UPDATED: Berit Reiss-Andersen, a Norwegian attorney who leads the Norwegian Nobel Committee, is relieved and glad that the widow of Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo has finally been released from house arrest in China. Now the committee may finally be able to present his Nobel Peace Prize posthumously, to her, while the Chinese Embassy in Oslo […]

Nobel Institute drops concert

After years of mounting an internationally televised concert in connection with the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, the Norwegian Nobel Institute says it’s taking “temporary leave” to “re-think” the concert’s format and content. There will be no concert after this year’s prize is awarded in December, also a reflection of the concert’s “challenging financial situation” in […]

Fast-food salmon chains target Asia

Norwegian salmon producers and entrepreneurs aren’t only keen to boost sales of fresh fish in Asia. Now they’re investing heavily in exporting new fast-food restaurant chains with only salmon on the menu. One of the new chains, called “Pink Fish,” opened its first fast-food salmon restaurant in Oslo last fall, in the basement food-court of […]

Police probe Nobel nomination

A police investigation is underway after the Norwegian Nobel Committee uncovered an invalid nomination of US President Donald J Trump for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. The person identified as having nominated Trump denies having done so, and now the committee thinks a similar Trump nomination last year was false as well. Strict rules apply […]

Progress Party finds a new Nobel man

Norway’s conservative Progress Party has found a new conservative candidate to fill the seat it’s been allotted on the Norwegian Nobel Committee. Scholar Asle Toje, who’s currently research director at the Norwegian Nobel Institute, is likely to be approved by the Parliament as a whole. “If the Parliament approves (the party’s) choice of me, I […]

Ex-NATO chief eyed for Nobel seat

Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former Danish secretary general of NATO, is among as many as 10 people under consideration by Norway’s Progress Party to fill its seat on the Norwegian Nobel Committee, reports newspaper Aftenposten. The irony of a former military alliance leader choosing winners of the Nobel Peace Prize did not escape comment. Rasmussen, […]

Nuclear fears spur call for iodine pills

Norwegian authorities issued an unusual warning on Tuesday. They claim the risk of nuclear accidents has risen, and they’re asking communities and pharmacies all over the country to stock up on iodine pills to help fend off cancer following any spread of radiation. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that the state health directorate (Helsedirektoratet) is worried […]

Support for nuke ban lit up the streets

A Norwegian professor is among those who nominated this year’s winner of the  Nobel Peace Prize. He’s far from the only one to strongly support the work of the  International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), as thousands of Norwegians also took to the streets to hail ICAN leaders. “I’m so glad the (Norwegian Nobel) […]

Solberg calls Nobel ceremony ‘difficult’

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg braved the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo on Sunday, even trying to smile through speeches that accused Norway and other nations of contributing to the threat of nuclear destruction. Solberg was criticized, though, for not always clapping along with the audience and the Royal Family, saying she found the […]

Peace Prize put a squeeze on Norway

Nobel Peace Prize Day in Oslo dawned with clear and sunny skies on Sunday, but not everyone was celebrating. The Norwegian Nobel Committee’s decision to award this year’s Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) challenges Norwegian leaders to finally support a ban themselves, and now pressure is building on them […]