Oslo Culture Night celebrates 15th anniversary

It’s the only night of the year when residents can gain access to special and historic buildings, enjoy museums that stay open late or take part in lots of special events from walking tours to street festivals. Oslo Kulturnatt (Oslo Culture Night) is also celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, and it’s all free. Kulturnatt […]

Calls go out for more mushroom control

Thousands of Norwegians are likely to head out this weekend to “sanke sopp” (pick mushrooms), and biologists and health care personnel wish there were more checkpoints where pickers’ harvests could be controlled. A recent spate of serious illnesses caused by poisonous mushrooms has them worried. “We’ve never had so many cases (of people falling ill after inadvertently […]

Dog-sledding added to university curriculum

Norway’s Arctic University of Tromsø is introducing a course in dog-sledding, which will be the first of its type in Europe. The course, to be taught at the university’s campus in Alta, will be obligatory for all students majoring in the  university’s three-year Arctic outdoors program. The dog-sledding course will also be offered from 2015 […]

Festivals wind down on high note

Norway’s dizzying summer season of music and cultural festivals was starting to wind down this week, but with one of the biggest and most successful of them all. After months of hype and preparations, the annual Øya Festival could finally open to sold-out crowds and sunshine in Oslo. Festival organizers could expect 15,000 people at […]

Regulator slaps top Oslo restaurant

Oslo’s top Maaemo restaurant which has two stars in the Michelin guide did not impress government inspectors who recently probed conditions for its chefs and waiters, Dagbladet reported. The state agency which oversees labour relations and workplace conditions (Arbeidstilsynet), found that Maaemo violated regulations on several counts. Employees work long hours with no overtime pay, […]

Eurovision winner back home again

Margaret Berger, who represented Norway in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, was back on stage in Trondheim this week, not far from where she grew up in Hitra. She was excited to face local fans, but also finds fame outside the country. “Eurovision is high on the list of the Swedes, so it was there […]

Festival season kicks off in Bergen

This year’s Bergen International Festival has a program of performances that reflect other events in Norway marking the 100th anniversary of womens’ right to vote. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, who attended the opening on Wednesday, called it the “mother of all festivals.” The Bergen International Festival (Festspillene i Bergen) is one of the most important […]

‘Gratulerer med dagen!’

PICTURE SERIES: That’s the standard greeting on the 17th of May in Norway, when residents congratulate each other over the country’s constitution and its sovereignty. This year’s festivities took place mostly in surprisingly summer-like conditions, with some cities like Trondheim reporting record warm temperatures of as high as 25C (77F). In Oslo, skies were overcast […]

Beer prices hit new record

The Norwegian tradition of sipping a beer outdoors (utepils) has become even more expensive as the high summer season begins, with beer prices setting another record in Oslo. Locals and visitors alike now need to shell out NOK 99 (USD 17) for the traditional half-liter glass of beer at two eating and drinking spots in […]

‘The Boss’ follows Bieber to Oslo

Around 46,000 fans were descending on the Telenor Arena at Fornebu, west of Oslo, again this week for the latest round of concerts held by US rock icon Bruce Springsteen. Known as “The Boss,” Springsteen has long had a large following in Norway and usually returns during his international concert tours. It’s only been nine […]