Royals pressured to pay their own bills

As Norway’s royal family posed for annual, traditional Christmas photos this week, another tradition of shielding the royals from financial scrutiny was falling by the wayside. A majority in Parliament is now demanding more accountability and openness. The royal finances have been under pressure for the past year, since newspaper Dagbladet launched a series of articles […]

Royal infatuation sealed US support

“Intimate” and “private” is how author and royal researcher Tor Bomann-Larsen has described the “close relationship” between Norway’s Crown Princess Martha and US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt during World War II, when she lived in exile in the Washington DC area. One thing is clear: It sealed relations between Norway and the US, and helped boost Norway’s standing […]

Crown prince reveals his net worth

After a series of critical articles about the secrecy of royal finances in newspaper Dagbladet, Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon decided to disclose how he has calculated his net worth. He put it at NOK 9 million, plus some major real estate. Since the royals aren’t required to pay tax, neither he nor other family members turn […]

Car race film knocks out the king

The new Norwegian film about how Norway’s late King Haakon VII refused to cooperate with Nazi Germany after its invasion during World War II has drawn crowds, but not as large as those keen to see the sequel to a popular film about a car race around Norway. Børning 2 is also expected to roll over Kongens nei […]

Parliament opens with full formality

After driving through downtown Oslo in an open car under brilliantly sunny skies, King Harald V opened Norway’s 161st session of Parliament (Stortinget) on Monday with all the pomp and circumstance of decades gone by. The formal opening is a unique event when elected representatives, government ministers, top bureaucrats, court officials and the royals gather for […]

Film-goers say ‘yes’ to the king’s ‘no’

Norwegians streamed to local cinemas over the weekend to see the new film Kongens nei, about the three dramatic days in April 1940 when the late King Haakon VII flatly refused to cooperate with Nazi German invaders. The film has made many Norwegians proud of the royal defiance, which ultimately turned the royals themselves into refugees […]

King’s ‘no’ to Nazis hits the silver screen

The latest in a wave of films about epic events in Norway’s history was getting a royal reception this week. Kongens nei, which is about King Haakon VII’s refusal to surrender to Nazi German invaders in April 1940, has also won rave reviews and been nominated as among Norway’s candidates for an Oscar. The film’s […]

Guests galore at royal garden party

PHOTO FEATURE: King Harald and Queen Sonja hosted a garden party on the grounds of the Royal Palace in Oslo on Thursday, that’s bound to go down in the history books. The event was part of a series of celebrations marking 25 years since King Harald became monarch, and it made a special impression because of his unusually […]

The king’s speech struck a chord

Norway’s King Harald was drawing rave reviews on Friday after delivering what’s likely to be viewed as an historic speech that may even help preserve the future of the monarchy. One leading expert on rhetoric suggested that the speech should be set to music, as it reflected the modern Norway full of people from north […]

Royal garden party gathered a nation

King Harald and Queen Sonja hosted another garden party on Thursday, this one in their own backyard at the Royal Palace in Oslo. They invited 50 people from each of Norway’s counties plus Svalbard, along with a few hundred others including the prime minister. The idea was to celebrate a Norway in miniature. Norway is, according […]