Crown prince ‘gone surfing…’

…and not in the USA, but in Norway. After performing lots of official and formal duties this week, Crown Prince Haakon could finally declare “surf’s up!,” and head for the European championships in surfing off the coast south of Stavanger. It was, after all, still “official” business, since Crown Prince Haakon was overseeing Eurosurf 2017 on the […]

Quarrels set aside as ‘Stortinget’ opens

PHOTO FEATURE: Helicopters buzzed overhead, flags lined the Norwegian capital’s main boulevard and military guards stood at attention as Norway’s monarch rode in his vintage Lincoln Continental with the top down from the Palace to the Parliament on Monday. The sun was shining brilliantly, and fanfare replaced political quarreling when King Harald V arrived to […]

Reports of king’s death greatly exaggerated

Norwegian news bureau NTB suffered a major embarrassment on Tuesday when it erroneously reported that King Harald V had died. NTB quickly realized its error, withdrew the report and issued a correction within three minutes. “Norway is in mourning. King Harald V is dead, xx years old,” read the premature obituary for the monarch that […]

King Harald sends condolences to Spain

Norway’s King Harald V joined leaders around the world in sending messages of condolence to the people of Spain, following Thursday’s terrorist attack in Barcelona. The Norwegian government also sent its sympathy shortly after at least 13 people were killed when a van believed to have been driven by a teenage Muslim ran them down. […]

Pioneering queen hailed on her 80th

She was once accused of being a threat to the Norwegian monarchy but on Tuesday Queen Sonja was being hailed for saving it. As she turned 80 on the 4th of July, the commoner who married then-Crown Prince Harald 49 years ago was finally getting credit for reforming an institution that most Norwegians willingly admit is an anachronism that nonetheless enjoys […]

Paradox of the monarchy lives on

NEWS ANALYSIS: Many a paradox in Norway has been pointed out of late, not least  the country’s conflicting roles as both oil producer and environmental advocate. Its constitutional monarchy in a country that otherwise prides itself on being egalitarian, however, makes all others pale, especially given the monarchy’s huge public support. The monarchy’s role was highly […]

Bergen festival royally underway

Queen Sonja hailed Norway’s west coast capital of Bergen as a city “with deep cultural roots back to the Hanseatic time” when she opened the annual Festspillene (Bergen International Festival) on Wednesday. She claimed the festival “is a good example of how Bergen has formed its identity.” The nearly 80-year-old queen played a role in Bergen’s cultural […]

New gondola wins a royal reception

Residents of Loen in the mountains around the Nordfjord could hardly have hoped for better promotion of their new tourist attraction this weekend. Under sunny skies and with snow-capped mountains at their scenic best, a new gondola built to lure more visitors to the area was formally opened on Saturday by none other than Queen Sonja. The queen, who […]

Party at the palace, and for the people

SEE THE VIDEO: An estimated 3,000 Norwegians streamed to the Royal Palace in Oslo on Tuesday evening, to pay tribute to King Harald and Queen Sonja as they began official celebrations of their 80th birthdays. Those defying chilly temperatures and the threat of rain on the palace grounds also got a glimpse of royals from all […]

Royals ready to celebrate being 80

Kings, queens, princes, princesses and at least two presidents from all over Europe were arriving in Oslo this week, to take part in Norway’s official celebration of King Harald’s and Queen Sonja’s 80th birthdays this year. The partying is due to begin at the Royal Palace Tuesday evening, and run through Wednesday. King Harald turned […]