Sakharov Freedom Award goes to Russian organizations

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee, which champions human rights, will be awarding its Sakharov Freedom Award for 2017  to the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta and to the organization Committee against Torture.  Novaya Gazeta has also been a frequent candidate to win the Nobel Peace Prize. The Helsinki Committee lauded both the newspaper and the anti-torture group […]

Marcus & Martinus win ‘artists of the year’ award

They did it again: The teenage duo from a small town in north-central Norway won the country’s annual Spellemann prize as artists of the year. Veteran violinist Arve Tellefsen won the equivalent of a lifetime achievement award. Neither Marcus nor Martinus nor Tellefsen were on hand to receive their prizes at the annual gala in […]

Holberg Prize honours Shakespeare scholar

Stephen Greenblatt, one of the world’s great Shakespeare scholars, said he has no idea what he’ll do with all the money attached to the Holberg Prize he won last week. The NOK 4.5 million (USD 529,000 at current exchange rates) from the Norwegian government is aimed at furthering research, though, and there are few doubts Greenblatt can […]

‘Citizen of the Year’ can keep his prize

Oslo-based newspaper Aftenposten ran into trouble when it once again organized a reader poll of who should be the Norwegian capital’s “Citizen of the Year.” The honor went to a man named Mohsan Raja, who had helped spearhead efforts to aid asylum seekers arriving in Oslo, but then his past came back to haunt him. […]

Norwegian wins an Emmy Award

Actress Anneke von der Lippe has become the first Norwegian to win an Emmy Award from the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Von der Lippe won the prize for Best Performance by an Actress for her role as a police investigator in the NRK series Øyevitne (Eyewitness). “I can’t manage to think much right now, […]

Fosse finally wins Nordic Council nod

Renowned Norwegian playwright and author Jon Fosse said he was “very glad and grateful” that he won the Nordic Council’s Literature Prize for 2015. Many others were wondering why he hadn’t won earlier. Fosse, age 56, is widely considered to be Norway’s most successful playwright and literary figure since Henrik Ibsen. Since his debut with the […]

Critics sound sour note over music prizes

Some Norwegian music critics were singing the blues on Monday after the annual music awards show called Spellemannprisen played out on state broadcaster NRK over the weekend. Most of the criticism came over the choice of the show’s special award of merit. Often seen as a sort of lifetime achievement, the so-called Hederspris went this year […]

Norway’s winners meet ‘sweet’ king

“The king was so sweet,” exclaimed Dr May-Britt Moser after Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf handed her the Nobel Prize in medicine in Stockholm on Thursday. The Norwegian researcher, who shared the prize with her husband Edvard and their mentor John O’Keefe, later shared dinner with the king himself after a day full of royal pomp […]

Nobel lecturers charmed a crowd

Laughter, applause and rave reviews followed the Nobel lectures delivered by cheerful Norwegian researcher May-Britt Moser and her two co-winners of this year’s Nobel Prize for medicine or physiology in Stockholm on Sunday. The rector of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, where the Mosers have worked for years, was proud […]

Rafto prizewinner turns down cash

Pavel Chikov, chairman of the Russian human rights organization Agora, was pleased and proud that the group won the Bergen-based Rafto Prize on Thursday for its “relentless work” to defend the right to a fair trial in Russia. He said he doesn’t dare accept the prize’s cash award, though, for fear Russian authorities will use it against […]