Some missing underwater cable found

Portions of missing underwater cables used to power a marine observatory and research program off the coast of Northern Norway have been found, but around a kilometer still has not been recovered. The cables appeared to have been cut, leaving the screens monitored by marine researchers black. A search for the missing cables has gone […]

NRK’s Emmy set off more debate

Loved abroad but criticized at home in Norway, state broadcaster NRK’s TV series Atlantic Crossing’s international Emmy award last week has been ridiculed just like the series was. Norwegian critics and historians blasted it for falsifying history and exaggerating the late Crown Princess Martha’s influence over US President Franklin D Roosevelt. “We should congratulate NRK and the […]

Orphan brought to Norway from Syria

Norway’s chapter of Save the Children (Redd Barna) hopes the repatriation last week of an orphan from a refugee camp in Syria to Norway signals the start of more children of Norwegian IS warriors and their mothers being rescued as well.  “For us it’s completely unacceptable that Norwegian authorities are letting Norwegian children languish in […]

Christmas tree shipped to London

Norway’s annual holiday gift to London, a large fir tree, was chopped down in a forested area of Oslo last week and shipped off. It’s all part of a tradition dating back to 1947, to thank the British people for their help during World War II. Oslo Mayor Marianne Borgen was back in action and […]

Football elite urged to avoid Qatar

Since the Norwegian men’s football team failed to qualify last week for the controversial World Cup in Qatar next year, now it’s the leaders of the Norwegian football federation NFF who are being urged not to attend either. Concerns over ongoing human rights abuses and exploitation of migrant workers in Qatar continue. Norway’s national team […]

Training flight crashed, three killed

A small plane with a flight instructor and two student pilots on board crashed shortly after takeoff from the Torp Airport in Sandefjord, southwest of Oslo, on Tuesday. All three were later found dead in a forested area near Larvik, and the founder of the flight school called it “a tragic accident.” No “mayday” warnings […]

Autumn storm stirs up trouble

Hurricane-force winds and high seas caused lots of damage over large areas of Norway on Friday. The train line between Oslo and Bergen was halted after trees fell over railroad tracks and roads, and local communities were setting up crisis teams to deal with all the trouble. The area from Gjøvik north to Lillehammer was […]

Gas sales hit new record

High prices for oil and gas have sent more offshore revenues flowing into the Norwegian treasury. Never before has Norway earned more money off its oil and gas industry, which climate and environmental activists want to eventually phase out. State statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway) reported that the value of Norway’s natural gas exports amounted […]

Customs agents nabbed haul of dead birds

A group of hunters from Italy were recently stopped while boarding a ferry in Kristiansand, just before they were about to smuggle more than 2,000 small frozen dead birds out of the country. Among them were blackbirds and larks, which are illegal to hunt in Norway. The seizure was the result of quick coordination among […]

Small bank’s customers prevail over DNB

Celebrations were held outside the headquarters of Norway’s biggest bank, DNB, after the country’s competition authority blocked its pending takeover of Sbanken. The regulators feared it would further weaken competition in Norway and make DNB even more dominant than it already is. “This was fantastic news,” Christian Jahr, one of Sbanken‘s most enthusiastic customers, told […]