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Martine’s family still seeking justice

It’s been 10 years since Martine Vik Magnussen, a 23-year-old student from an affluent Norwegian family, was found raped and murdered in London. The only suspect, her classmate Farouk Abdulhak with whom she’d been seen leaving a London nightclub, fled the UK before police could arrest him. Now both her family and Scotland Yard are appealing […]

Brende expects a free-trade freeze

After some careful and restrained initial reaction, Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende is now speaking out on what the election of Donald J Trump as US president may mean for trade and the Norwegian economy. Brende sees no reason to retract some critical comments he made about Trump back in August, and thinks the prospects for more free trade will […]

Another ‘russ’ critically injured

From the “worst ‘russ’ season ever” to the “one of the worst things that can happen:” A 19-year-old partying high school student known as a russ was critically injured during the night in an accident that has strengthened calls to ban the spring russ season altogether. The young man was clinging to life in a Bergen […]

Severe storm hammered western Norway

Police in Bergen and Stavanger were warning residents against going outdoors on Wednesday, after extremely strong winds ripped the roofs off garages and several other buildings. The winds also literally blew a bus off the E6 highway over the mountains of Dovre, and many mountain passes were forced to close once again. Gusts of 25 […]

Missing skiers caught by the weather

UPDATED: After a long Easter weekend with remarkably few accidents, Red Cross search and rescue crews were suddenly confronted with an emergency on Monday: Three skiers who failed to return as agreed from a trek in Modalen, western Norway, were officially considered missing but later could report they’d found shelter in a storm. The skiers were […]

Murder victim’s father files charges against UD staff

The  frustrated father of Norwegian student Martine Vik Magnussen, who was found raped and murdered in London seven years ago, announced on Wednesday that he’s charging two employees of Norway’s foreign ministry (Utenriksdepartementet, UD) with dereliction of duty. He claims that he and his family have been misled regarding UD’s efforts to help bring his daughter’s killer to […]

State contracts went to black market

Several recent government renovation contracts have ended up with subcontractors which have either been convicted or charged over links to money laundering networks. Police have been ordered to throw more resources into the pursuit of organized economic crime in the construction industry, but a report commissioned by the Police Directorate found Norwegian authorities are all […]

Lack of maintenance plagues universities

UPDATED: Around 40 percent of the buildings at Norway’s universities in Tromsø, Bergen, Ås, Trondheim and Oslo are in bad shape, after years of neglected maintenance. Now their asset value has fallen, while university officials scramble to find funds for repairs, reports newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN). A portion of the ceiling in the chemistry building […]

Some progress in ‘justice for Martine’

More than three years after the body of young Norwegian student Martine Vik Magnussen was found in a London basement, hopes are rising that her assailant may finally be brought to justice. Former Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik is heavily involved in efforts to bring him to trial in the UK. Bondevik told newspaper Aftenposten […]

New state budget due to be tight

Norwegian Finance Minister Sigbjørn Johnsen oversees one of the strongest national economies in the world right now, but still warns that he intends to present a tight state budget proposal for 2012. Instead of fending off a new finance crisis with more spending, like Norway did in 2008, Johnsen intends to cut back. “The situation […]