Court calls murder ‘an execution’

The Hedmark County Court found the husband of Janne Jemtland guilty on Monday of not only murdering her but carrying out a cold and calculating execution. The court found no circumstances for a mild sentence, ordering that Svein Jemtland be jailed for 18 years. He had first reported his wife missing after a holiday party […]

City Hall files police report after threats

Officials at the Oslo City Hall have reported a local resident to the police, several months after he caused a disturbance, threatened security guards and top city politicians, and made several racist remarks in a meeting with members of the City Council’s culture committee. Newspaper Dagsavisen reported Monday that the director of the City Council’s […]

Snow halted prime minister’s car

It started snowing in Oslo just before the weekend, adding to the upcoming holiday atmosphere but causing problems for guests leaving a prominent julebord (pre-holiday party), at which Prime Minister Erna Solberg and other politicians were among the guests. Newspaper Aftenposten reported that the party was attended by around 100 journalists who regularly cover political issues […]

Bomb suspect held in prison

A Norwegian man in his early 40s from Skedsmo was ordered held during the weekend for at least four weeks in prison, charged with sending a bomb to the main police station for Norway’s eastern police district. He appealed the custody order immediately. The man has a long record of vandalism, sexual assault and hatred […]

Au pair case heads for Supreme Court

Norway’s highest court (Høyesterett) has agreed to hear an appeal filed by a wealthy Oslo businessman and his wife, who’ve been convicted of violating Norway’s au pair program. The violations resulted in alleged exploitation of young women from the Philippines, who came to Norway under what’s supposed to be a cultural exchange program but ended up […]

Weather delays frigate salvage

Norwegian naval officials don’t think they’ll be able to raise the wreckage of the frigate KNM Helge Ingstad until after the Christmas holidays, because of what they call “demanding weather conditions.” Salvage crews did manage, however, to remove the frigate’s missiles this week. Newspaper Bergens Tidende reported that the weather was good until Monday afternoon, […]

Teenage robbers target older men

Police in Oslo have arrested two teenagers after the latest robbery of a man in his 60s. He was heading home through the Frogner Park around midnight Tuesday night when he was attacked by a group of as many as five teenage boys near the park’s famed Monolith. “He sustained cuts in his face and […]

‘Nightmare’ handball loss to Romania

Norway’s once nearly unbeatable women’s handball team was all but crushed by their rivals from Romania in the European Championships in Brest, France on Wednesday night. Fans back home were worrying on Thursday whether their team would make it into the semi-finals. The popular so-called håndball jentene (handball girls) lost by a shocking eight points […]

Germans landed with drugs on board

A local court ordered two German citizens to be held in custody on Wednesday for another four weeks. They were first arrested along with a third German on October 8, after landing at the Kjeller airport in Romerike in a small plane that had large quantities of hash, amphetamines and cocaine on board. One of […]

Housing prices keep sliding

Norway’s real estate brokers’ organization (Eiendom Norge) reported another price decline in the housing market on Wednesday, with figures showing prices to be down another 1.5 percent on average in November. It was even weaker than normal for the month, but widely viewed as another correction after years of price hikes. The brokers stressed that […]