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Man held after defacing Nidaros Cathedral

Police in Trondheim have arrested a man in his 40s after he was caught tagging one of the country's most revered and historic buildings from the Middle Ages: Nidaros Cathedral. His vandalism is being viewed as especially serious, claimed...

Police clear two former ministers

The economic crime unit of the Norwegian police (Økokrim) has closed its cases against two former government ministers. Anette Trettebergstuen of the Labour Party and Ola Borten Moe of the Center Party had both resigned their posts amid a...

Woman charged in new murder case

Police in Våler, northeast of Oslo, have arrested a woman in her 50s for murder, after a man was found dead late Saturday night in the small community of Braskereidfoss. It has a population of just 257, and the local...

Surprise jump in housing prices

Real estate officials seemed as surprised as everyone else, when they analyzed new average prices for March and found them to be up by 5.9 percent over the same month last year. More potential buyers have also been turning...

Police arrest suspect in Arendal murder

UPDATED: The southern coastal city of Arendal was shaken this week by the murder of a woman right outside the pharmacy where she worked in the city center. The victim was a 35-year-old Swedish citizen and police initially had...

More snow causes more trouble

After a few days of spring-like weather, winter returned with a vengeance over most of Norway on Thursday, especially in the south. Heavy snow and slick roads led to more traffic accidents including a head-on collision in Asker that...

PST probes threats against Parliament

Norway's domestic intelligence agency PST has joined police in investigating two threats against the Norwegian Parliament on Wednesday. It remained unclear who was behind the first one, while police said they gained "control" over the sender of the second...

New car sales crash

Sales of new cars in Norway last month were down 50 percent from March of last year, sinking to their lowest level in 15 years.  Only 9,750 new cars were registered nationwide, down from around 19,000 in March 2023. "New...

Oslo-Bergen train line reopens

Norway's state railway agency BaneNor could finally announce that it could reopen Bergensbanen on Tuesday, 12 days after a cargo train derailed on the popular and busy line between Oslo and Bergen. That led to a pile-up of containers...

Man charged with new murder in Oslo

Norwegian police faced their 17th murder investigation so far this year, after a woman was found dead in an apartment in Oslo early Monday morning. A man who was also in the apartment has been charged with murder. "As of...

Daylight savings gets underway

Norwegians are still joining most of the rest of Europe in setting their clocks forward an hour from Sunday, but it remains unclear how long the practice will continue. The EU still hasn't settled on a proposal to remain on...

Color Line hit by virus on board

The large cruise-ferry Color Fantasy resumed sailing from Oslo to Kiel in Germany on Tuesday afternoon, after cancelling departures Sunday and Monday just at the start of the Easter holidays. The cancellations came after dozens of passengers and crew...

Record numbers apply to trade schools

More than half of Norwegian teenagers applying to high schools around Norway have listed professional crafts and trades as their first choice of study. Government officials are pleased and relieved, since Norway has a shortage of everything from plumbers...

Housing market waits for rate relief

Homeowners trying to sell their homes may need to be even more patient, after Norway's central bank decided against lowering interest rates any time soon. Most economists think rates have topped out, but rate relief isn't expected until the...

Derailment keeps Bergensbanen closed

It remained unclear how long Norway's popular train line over the mountains between Oslo and Bergen would remain closed, three days after a cargo train derailed just beyond the station at Arna outside Bergen. No one was seriously injured,...

Police armed during Easter holiday week

Norwegian police were ordered to carry firearms during the Easter holiday week after domestic intelligence agency PST issued a new terror evaluation. It warns that churches and other religious gathering places can be targets of a new terrorist attack. The...

Norway ‘unqualified’ for next football championships

Norway's men's national football team has some of the best football players in the world, but like the women's, just can't manage to make them all succeed together. After losing another qualifying match late last week, the team won't...

Norway defends talks with terrorists

"Sometimes it's unfortunately correct to talk with terrorists," read the headline on an editorial in Norway's largest newspaper, Aftenposten, this week. It came after Norway's foreign ministry had confirmed that Norwegian diplomats and politicians have met with representatives for...

State reopens right-wing extremist’s case

Court-appointed psychiatrists have now concluded that convicted right-wing extremist Philip Manshaus was psychotic when he murdered his step-sister because she was ethnically Chinese and then attempted a massacre at a mosque in Bærum in August 2019. They think he's...

Sami activists await court verdict

Fines have been revoked against some Sami activists who occupied state government ministries last year, but state prosectors are still demanding payment of fines or six-day jail terms of others. A court decision is due in mid-April. The activists were...

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