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Famed mountain road can’t open yet

Norway’s iconic Trollstigen, a scenic mountain road in Romsdal famed for its hairpin turns, isn’t likely to open to traffic until the very end of May at the earliest, highway officials confirmed on Thursday. Avalanches during the winter caused...

Central bank delays interest rate hike

Norway’s central bank decided against raising its key policy rate by another quarter-point on Thursday. Even though interest rates are still expected to rise, the bank’s monetary policy committee didn’t think the time was right just now. “As we see...

Ukrainian crew avoided Murmansk

Twelve Ukrainian crew members working on a ship bound for Murmansk feared being detained by Russian officials upon arrival. They were thus allowed to go ashore in Norway's northern city of Kirkenes over the weekend, after a crew change...

Molde hero scolds Bodø/Glimt

Residents of the scenic city of Molde in Romsdal were celebrating their local football club MFK after it won Norway's long-delayed Cup Final for the 2021 season on Sunday. Molde beat Bodø/Glimt with the match's only goal, but the...

Locals feed stranded Russian truckers

An unusual spring snowstorm has stranded nearly 30 Russian trucks and their drivers in Kvænangen, Northern Norway, known for its sometimes treacherous weather. Since sanctions against Russia and its war on Ukraine have made the drivers' bank- and credit...

Sparks fly over Royals’ electricity bill

Norway's royal family and all the properties they use have made everyone elses' complaints over high electricity bills pale by comparison. The royals' bills collectively jumped by a shocking NOK 3.7 million last year (USD 420,000), leaving their part...

Bodø/Glimt coach suspended

Norway's small but popular and talented Bodø/Glimt football club has won international recognition for a string of victories lately, but is being warned not to get too overly confident. The club "must not forget why they've been best," warned...

ISIL women staying in Syria

None of the Norwegian women who traveled to Syria to join the terrorist organization ISIL wants to return to Norway with the children they had with ISIL warriors. Norway's foreign ministry offered to bring one of the women, Aisha...

Lofoten wants to impose ‘tourist tolls’

Lofoten, Northern Norway's wildly popular and scenic chain of islands, thrives on tourists but also faces lots of expenses to accommodate them all. A local tourist tax was foiled by state authorities a few years ago, but now local...

Counter-demonstrators arrested

Seven people were arrested after police in Sandefjord had to use tear gas to subdue an estimated 300 demonstrators who objected to another demonstration over the weekend. They were charged with assaulting police officers and refusing to abide by...

Bittersweet comeback for sugar taxes

Norwegian health authorities want state politicians to reimpose the country's controversial taxes on sugar. That would boost prices on all food and drink that contains sugar and, argue opponents, simply send more Norwegians over the border to shop in...

Forest fire breaks out just north of Oslo

UPDATED: Forest fire warnings have been posted for weeks all over Southern Norway, after a long period of sunshine and little if any rain or snow. On Friday, though, a fire broke out in the Nordmarka portion of Oslo's...

Cyclist killed in collision with truck

Shocked witnesses were being offered trauma aid after seeing a woman on a bicycle collide with a truck in a busy Oslo intersection late Wednesday afternoon. Police reported that the woman in her late 50s landed under the truck,...

Police want to relocate Koran-burning demonstration

Police in Oslo have not authorized a Koran-burning demonstration planned by the small but noisy organization SIAN (Stop the Islamization of Norway) on Friday. SIAN activists say they plan to carry on with their demonstration anyway, right during Muslims'...

Metro line to Fornebu stalled

It took more than 20 years for Oslo-area politicians to finally agree on building a long-awaited metro line to the rapidly redeveloping Fornebu area west of downtown. Now the project's future is up in the air, because of huge...

Corona cancels visit from Finland

The Corona virus has spoiled an official visit from the president of Finland this week. Sauli Niinistö was due to arrive in Oslo on Wednesday (April 20) and stay until Friday, but he tested positive for Covid-19 and has...

Alcoholic drinks may carry cancer warnings

Norwegian health authorities are recommending that all beverages and other products containing alcohol be slapped with warnings that they could cause cancer. The warnings would be similar to those that have long dominated packs of cigarettes and other tobacco...

Sri Lanka closing its embassy in Oslo

Sri Lanka, currently caught in an economic crisis, has decided to close its embassy in Oslo on April 30. Sri Lankan officials attributed the closure to a "general" restructuring of its diplomatic representation around the world, at a time...

Police feared for Bodø/Glimt fans in Rome

UPDATED: Norwegian police were worried about the safety of Norwegian fans who'd be cheering for the Bodø/Glimt football club at a huge match against Roma Thursday night. Police feared that after beating Roma twice, and getting caught in a...

Three killed in another avalanche

Three skiers were killed Thursday afternoon in another avalanche at Lyngen in Troms, Northern Norway. They were in a group of nine skiers, mostly from France, who had trekked up the mountainside to ski down it again. It's the latest...

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