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 […]

Too many hands on ‘Sinnataggen’

The popular statue of an angry little boy in Oslo’s Frogner Park, called “Sinnataggen,” is suddenly showing signs of being a bit too popular this summer. Tourists keep holding its hand, and that’s causing discoloration and too much wear and tear. Instead of simply posing for photos around the statue that’s part of sculptor Gustav […]

Conflicts rise over snowmobile use

Local townships around Norway want more flexibility over whether to allow snowmobile use in their areas, not least as a means of attracting winter tourists. The state government is considering easing restrictions, but that’s strongly opposed by environmental and outdoors organizations. “We are very critical towards expansion of the transport law and especially to allowing […]

Summer weather sets new records

After a record wet June, most of Norway headed into one of the warmest and dryest months of July on record, especially in southern and southeastern Norway (Sørlandet and Østlandet). It’s been mighty warm up north, too, and the early August forecast called for more summery weather. The temperature in the far northern city of […]

Norway to hold first wine auction

Norway’s state-controlled wine and liquor retailer, Vinmonopolet, reports an “overwhelming” response from private collectors who want to auction their wine at Norway’s first wine auction this fall. “We’ve received so many registrations that we need to expand the auction,” Arnt Egil Nordlien of Vinmonopolet told newspaper Aftenposten. That means there’s likely to be an online […]

Viking ships lose out to Munch

Two of Oslo’s most traditional tourist attractions, the Viking Ship Museum and Norwegian Folk Museum at Bygdøy, are reporting declines in their numbers of visitors. Summer crowds this year seem to be spending their time instead at the special exhibits celebrating the 150th birthday of famed Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported […]

Wild salmon fishing restricted

Concerns over low wild salmon stocks have prompted state officials to regulate fishing from the end of this week in several rivers and areas along the Norwegian coast. They want to ensure that as many female fish as possible can work their way up the rivers for spawning. “We are very worried about the situation […]

Hot, dry weather sparks campfire ban

All it took was two weeks with no rain for the forests around Oslo to get so dry that local fire authorities decided to ban any sort of campfire in the Norwegian capital’s surrounding areas known as marka. Forest fire danger is also high all over southern Norway. On Wednesday it became illegal to build […]

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, […]

Orchestras losing money

Norway’s philharmonic orchestras both in Oslo and Bergen have racked up losses and been forced to chip into their capital accounts.  Both blame the losses on higher pension costs. The Oslo Philharmonic and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra logged losses for 2012 of NRK 2.8 million and NOK 3.6 million respectively. “It’s an unfortunate development,” Marti Eia-Revheim, […]