‘Culture shapes a democracy’

Norway’s government minister in charge of culture, Trine Skei Grande, said she felt like it was her birthday, Christmas and the 17th of May (Norway’s national day) all at once: For the first time in 15 years, she’d be presenting the framework for national cultural policy for the future, and set off debate at the […]

Artistic spat ends in ‘compromise’

A leading Norwegian art critic attacked the new head of Norway’s National Museum last week, claiming Karin Hindsbo “lacked competence” within both the art profession and management. Hindsbo had decided against buying a piece of art that critic Lars Elton deemed to be of great national importance, but now it will remain in Norway after […]

Skavlan loses viewers back home

Norwegian talk show host Fredrik Skavlan quickly zoomed to Scandinavian stardom when his show that started on Norway’s NRK, Skavlan, also started being carried several years ago by Swedish broadcaster SVT1. Now he’s losing viewers back home in Norway, though, after he moved the show from NRK to Norway’s national commercial TV station TV2. Skavlan […]

‘Last hurrah’ for the National Gallery

It’s perhaps only fitting that the artist behind Norway’s “national painting” of a mountain in Rondane is featured in what will be the last exhibition at the National Gallery in Oslo for a very long time. When the Harald Sohlberg exhibition that opens this weekend closes on January 13, the National Gallery will close as […]

Duck and cover! Donald hits Oslo

Calls for even more diversity at the international football tournament Norway Cup this week were at least fictionally met with the arrival of the world’s most famous ducks. A recent issue of Donald Duck & Co, a comic book more popular in Norway than almost anywhere else, features Donald Duck and his triplet nephews’ debut […]

‘Norge Rundt’ celebrates 40 years on the air

One of Norway’s best-loved TV programs, Norge Rundt (Around Norway), was celebrating its 40th anniversary on the air this week. State broadcaster NRK was due to air a special two-hour show Friday evening, promising highlights from the series and lots of nostalgia. “Norge Rundt represents Norwegian cultural history itself, and 40 years of the joy of […]

Jon Fosse wins German honour

Acclaimed author and playwright Jon Fosse has won the 2016 Willy Brandt award for his work to promote relations between Norway and Germany, the German Embassy in Oslo said in a press release on Friday. Fosse’s work has been widely translated to German. He shared the prize with translator Julia Stöber, a professional translator and […]

Shell to cut 140 jobs in Norway

Major Dutch oil company Shell has become the latest to cut more jobs in Norway. Around 140 positions will disappear and all employees are being given an opportunity to resign voluntarily in return for severance pay. State broadcaster NRK reported that employees at all of Shell’s divisions in Norway were informed of the looming job […]

Islamist charged with terror recruitment

Ubaydullah Hussain, an Oslo-based Islamist best known as the spokesman for a local fundamentalist group, reportedly has been charged with violating a Norwegian law that forbids supporting, taking part in or recruiting members to a terrorist organization. Line Nygård, a prosecutor for police intelligence agency PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste), confirmed to state broadcaster NRK on Monday that PST […]

Opera and ballet set new record

More than 300,000 people attended a performance of the Norwegian Opera & Ballet last year and never have so many watched a ballet. New statistics for 2014 show that attendance set a new record. There were a total of 485 performances both in the Opera House in Oslo and elsewhere when the opera and ballet company […]