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State reopens some salmon rivers

Nearly half of the 33 rivers closed for salmon fishing in Central- and Southern Norway will be reopened for limited fishing later this week, while stricter regulations will be imposed on rivers farther north. State officials are still worried...

Man attacked Royal Palace in Oslo

UPDATED: Oslo police have arrested a man in his 50s from Belarus after he hurled what police called "fire bombs" at Norway's Royal Palace on Monday afternoon. His motive was initially unclear, and he failed to do much damage. "The...

Alleged spy’s arrest sets off alarms

NEWS ANALYSIS: The arrest and imprisonment last week of a Norwegian man charged with spying for China has rung new alarms over national security in Norway. It's also raised questions over whether Norwegians are too naive and trusting. "Norway is...

Oslo court’s terror verdict ‘historic’

An Islamic gunman who killed two people and wounded or traumatized hundreds of others during Oslo Pride celebrations in 2022 has unwittingly set a new record for punishment in Norway. Zaniar Matapour was sentenced to 30 years in prison...

Baneheia killer appeals new conviction

UPDATED: A Norwegian man who was convicted for the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl at Baneheia in Kristiansand in 2000 was convicted again on Tuesday for the rape and murder of her 10-year-old companion at the same...

Cruiseship tour guides fined for disturbing polar bears on Svalbard

Two guides from a French cruiseship have been hit with hefty fines, after they led a group of tourists towards land in the northern portion of Svalbard where a polar bear and her cub were feeding off a dead...

Security high during Oslo Pride

Both armed and plain-clothes police were out in force during this year's Oslo Pride parade and other celebrations that culminated during the weekend. They aimed to be discreet and there were few complaints about the extra security, as an...

Mixed reaction to Assange’s release

Norwegian government officials generally hail critical journalism and freedom of expression, but they were unusually quiet when Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was finally released from prison last week. Assange's longtime supporters in Norway, however, were clearly relieved. "Congratulations, Julian Assange!"...

Wild salmon fishing ban hits hard

Norwegian authorities' decision last week to ban fishing for wild salmon in 33 of Norway's rivers this summer has sparked both concern and complaints, and landed one local official in trouble. It's also revealed how loopholes can be found...

Trollstigen closed for the season

UPDATED: The popular mountain road known as Trollstigen, known for its hairpin curves, was closed again this week after another rockslide. It was expected to reopen Thursday, but major road improvements are needed and officials are also arguing over...

Weak krone keeps Norwegians home

More Norwegians will be competing with all the tourists pouring off cruiseships and flying in to Norway for holidays this summer. Norway's weak currency makes traveling abroad much more expensive than usual, and the central bank opted against raising...

Tryvann Tower up for sale

Oslo's city government has finally put the Norwegian capital's iconic old television tower known as Tryvannstårnet (The Tryvann Tower) up for sale on the open market. It's such an unusual property, perched on a hilltop above the city, that...

Støre seeks peace, also at home

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre spent last weekend in Switzerland with fellow goverment leaders from all over the world, at the Summit on Peace in Ukraine. This week he could finally enjoy more peace on the...

Musk loses some respect in Norway

UPDATED: He used to be the darling of both government- and business leaders in Norway, but Tesla founder and billionaire Elon Musk has steadily been losing his appeal and even angered former supporters. His aversion to organized labour has...

Minister fails to curb executive pay

Executive pay and bonus deals have risen so high in Norway that they've drawn public scorn and been branded as "perverse" by labour union officials. Now they've sparked political drama, after defiant corporate boards have refused to follow new...

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