Three held after Sola murder-kidnapping

Police in Sola, just south of Stavanger, had three men in custody on Thursday, charged with the apparent abduction and murder of a 44-year-old man whose body was found on a local beach Monday afternoon. Two of them have admitted to being involved in his murder while the third denies all charges. State broadcaster NRK […]

Traffic safety highest in Norway

A new survey by the OECD, the international organization for economic cooperation and development, ranks Norway as having the fewest traffic deaths per 100,000 people in the world. Not all Norwegian would agree, but that makes Norwegian traffic the safest of all. News bureau NTB cited a report in the US magazine Forbes that also […]

Teenage murderer faces long jail term

An appeals court in Western Norway has sharpened the prison term for a now-19-year-old man convicted of killing 13-year-old Sunniva Ødegård with a hammer in the small town of Varhaug last year. The court found that the defendant “hasn’t recognized the seriousness of his acts” and poses a threat to other children. Newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad […]

Armed, uniformed man arrested at school

Police in Trondheim arrested a young Norwegian man in an armed operation at a local high school on Wednesday. The man, who turned out to be former student, was dressed in military camouflage and carrying ammunition and a knife. Alarms rang just before noon, when state broadcaster NRK reported that police had received a call […]

Winter storm batters the southwest

Most mountain roads were closed, ferries cancelled and traffic halted over bridges Tuesday night as a severe winter storm slammed into the west coast and blew far inland as well. Bergen’s famed Fløibanen funicular was halted when it collided with a tree that fell over the tracks. Strong winds and snow cut visibility in many […]

Labour Party support falls to historic low

There was a time when the Norwegian Labour Party held a majority in Parliament all by itself. Latest poll results show it now holding just 21.3 percent of the vote, while the rival Conservatives surpassed it as the largest party in the country. The poll, conducted last week by research bureau Norfakta for newspapers Klassekampen […]

‘Complicated’ to get free legal NAV help

The Norwegian government is now offering free legal assistance to those caught up in in the ongoing scandal around state welfare agency NAV. It’s already being harshly criticized, however, as being “hopelessly complicated.” The scandal affects those who traveled abroad while collecting unemployment benefits or sick pay, and later had their benefits withdrawn or were […]

Teenagers have trouble reading

Only half of Norwegian teenagers read books during their free time, and boys are especially struggling with reading at school. Girls are still better, according a new survey, but they’re all spending much more time staring at screens than the printed page. The poor reading results were part of the latest survey of teenagers’ academic […]

Air ambulance fleet under fire

With nearly half its air ambulance fleet grounded because of “technical difficulties,” criticism was pouring in on Monday against new operator Babcock. Preparedness was at a critically minimum level in Northern Norway and doctors were ringing alarms. Health Minister Bent Høie was accused of not fully realizing how precarious the situation was in Finnmark, while […]

Hundreds gather to mourn family’s tragedy

UPDATED: More than 1,500 people gathered in a central square in Tromsø Sunday afternoon, for a torchlit memorial to the four Tromsø residents who had to be pulled out of the icy sea a week earlier. Only one little girl, age 18 months, survived, and on Monday her condition improved. The fatal incident is being […]