King Harald sends condolences to Queen Elizabeth

Norway’s King Harald V ordered the flag on the balcony of the Royal Palace in Oslo to be lowered to half-mast on Friday, following news of the death of Prince Philip in Great Britain. Also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip died at Windsor Castle at an age of 99. “Our thoughts go to […]

Hadeland fears ‘wild’ infection

The scenic rural community of Gran in Hadeland was under a new Corona alert this week after a local man in his 60s tested positive for Covid-19 after he’d died suddenly on Tuesday. Local officials believe the man, who was highly skeptical of the Corona crisis, had been ill for up to two weeks without […]

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POLICE IN NORDLAND ARE DROPPING A CASE against eight Labour Party politicians who gathered for a party of their own in a Bodø hotel room last month. The gathering didn’t violate national Corona containment measures, prosecutors concluded, even though Bodø itself had just recently tightened its anti-infection rules. The decision to drop the case came […]

Prime minister fined and agrees to pay

NEWS ANALYSIS: “The law is the same for everyone, but not everyone is the same,” said a local Norwegian police chief, Ole B Sæverud, on Friday. That’s why only Prime Minister Erna Solberg is being fined (NOK 20,000) in connection with her 60th birthday party, arranged by her husband, that violated her own government’s strict […]

Housing market may see a ‘correction’

Residential real estate prices are still up 12.5 percent over last year at this time, and a stunning 15.6 percent in Oslo, according to sales prices logged in March. The Oslo market, however, recorded a 0.8 percent decline from February and now housing experts are predicting a “correction” heading into the summer season. New numbers […]

Adrift Dutch ship now under control

A Dutch cargo ship that lost power in a severe storm off Norway’s west coast earlier this week was finally brought under tow in an emergency operation during the night. That avoided what many feared could have been an environmental catastrophe.  Crews from the Norwegian Coast Guard, a Dutch salvage firm and Norway’s search and […]

Oil Fund ‘proud’ of wind park investment

The new boss of Norway’s huge sovereign wealth fund that’s fueled by its oil revenues says he’s “proud” of the Oil Fund’s first major investment in renewable energy infrastructure. It makes the Oil Fund half-owner of the world’s second-largest offshore wind park, Borssele 1&2 in the Netherlands. “We’re very proud,” said Nicolai Tangen, head of […]

‘Atlantic Crossing’ crosses the Atlantic

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) has confirmed that its dramatization of Crown Princess Martha’s role during World War II is “mostly fiction.” The NRK series Atlantic Crossing is now being aired on PBS’ venerable Masterpiece Theater in the US, where hundreds of thousands of Norwegian-Americans may not be aware that it’s far from being factually correct. When […]

Erna lays plans to emerge from crisis

Prime Minister Erna Solberg presented a new four-step plan on Wednesday to gradually guide Norway out of the Corona crisis over the next three months. The current shutdown may start to ease from next week, with some sort of pre-Corona normality in place by mid- to late summer. Solberg stressed throughout her lengthy and surprisingly […]

Famed sculpture vandalized again

Someone has tried once again to saw through the ankle of Norway’s iconic bronze sculpture of an angry little boy in Oslo’s Frogner Park. This time, however, the vandals may have been captured on surveillance cameras. The small sculpture called Sinnataggen, which depicts a naked little boy having a temper tantrum, was attacked during the night […]