Exploring the new and old Drammen

Tell your Norwegian friends you’re going on a mini-holiday in Drammen during these Corona times of restricted travel, and they’ll most likely roll their eyes. Also likely: They don’t know what they’re missing, because Drammen is a place off Norway’s tourism radar and where out-of towners seldom think to stop and stay. Drammen used to […]

Norway hails rebel-author Bjørneboe

KRISTIANSAND: Norwegians are marking 100 years of their controversial author Jens Bjørneboe (1920-1976), who spent much of his brief but noisy life challenging authorities and conventions with memorable passion. Special events honouring Bjørneboe have been taking place around the country all year, culminating on October 9, which would have been Bjørneboe’s 100th birthday. Even his native […]

Molde celebrates jazz despite Corona

Molde Jazz was opening Monday in a scaled-down version, even though it’s celebrating its 60th anniversary. Corona restrictions will limit audiences in Molde, with veteran Karin Krog expecting that she’ll be singing for about as many people at this festival as she did at the first one in 1960. Krog, now 83 years old herself, […]

New ‘Knerten’ movie rides to the rescue

Norwegian cinemas are hoping that Knerten, a piece of wood with a strong personality, will help carry them through a difficult summer season. While numerous movie launches have been delayed because of the Corona crisis, the latest sequel to the popular Knerten series for children will make its premiere earlier than planned, to meet a […]

Oslo’s new library draws good reviews

Architecture critics are hailing Oslo’s new city library, which officially opened on Thursday under the new name Deichman Bjørvika. It’s a lively statement of a new strategy for libraries, according to newspaper Klassekampen. It fits every ideal for a modern library, wrote newspaper Aftenposten. Reviewers disagree, however, on whether the actual book collection has the […]

Oslo opens ‘largest bookshelf’ to visitors

It’s been in the works for more than a decade, enduring controversy, unforeseen building problems, budget overruns and a pandemic. On June 18th Oslo’s new main library was finally opening to the public, under the new name Deichman Bjørvika. Close to NOK 2.5 billion has gone into the project, which Oslo’s City government at one […]

Last chapter for iconic ‘book boat’

Politicians in the newly-merged Vestland county in western Norway have decided that a unique floating library known as Epos will never again bring books, plays and other fun to children in remote coastal areas. The bitterly criticized decision to shut it down mirrors the complexities of Norway’s controversial regional reform. “This is a scandalous cultural […]

‘Outsider king’ remains readers’ darling

Author Ingvar Ambjørnsen has been called a king of outsiders, skillfully governing his expanding world of less fortunate, downtrodden characters through a writing career that spans four decades. Now he’s back with the most successful outsider of them all: A lonely, reclusive, neurotic, opinionated, detail-obsessed fellow by the name of Elling, who now is having […]

Bridge over ‘Hell’ wins new friends

A half-forgotten hanging bridge in the hills above Oslo has been saved from demolition following a well-timed social media campaign. Its rescuers won’t be able to use it anytime soon, however, until its owner Statnett can see what shape it’s in. The spectacular footbridge hangs 13 meters above the roaring rapids of Bjørnsjøhelvete – “Bear […]

Video: Earlier cheers on the 17th of May

SEE THE VIDEO: Country, colours, ceremony and cheer – that’s what Norway’s Constitution Day celebrations on the 17th of May are usually all about. Everything is different this year, because of the Corona crisis, so we put together a look at earlier celebrations that also show why the 17th of May is so important, and […]