Embassy car in fatal crash

A car belonging to the Russian Embassy in Oslo crashed into the metal railings of a tram stop in the Norwegian capital’s Frogner/Skillebekk district late Wednesday night. One of the two people in the car was killed, while the other injured. Oslo police were reluctant to detail circumstances surrounding crash, which occurred shortly after midnight […]

New DNB boss defends court appeal

Kjerstin Braathen, the new chief executive of Norway’s biggest bank DNB, has spoken warmly of how important customers are. She’s prepared, however, to meet representatives for thousands of them in court after the bank decided to appeal its loss in the country’s biggest class-action suit ever. “It’s never nice to meet our customers in court,” […]

Deported refugee family returns

Four members of a refugee family who were controversially deported during the weekend were on their way back to Norway Tuesday. The mother of the family was returned already on Sunday, for health reasons, and then Afghan authorities refused to accept her three children. That came as a huge relief to their Norwegian supporters in […]

Frøya leaders give up windmill fight

Local leaders on the windswept island of Frøya in northwestern Norway have dropped their battle against construction of large windmills aimed at providing a source of renewable power. They felt they had to concede defeat after the national government gave the nod to a final approval. The Frøya politicians had initially been positive to development […]

Leak may have set off hydrogen explosion

A preliminary report on the hydrogen explosion at a filling station in Sandvika earlier this month ties it to a leak in a high-pressure storage tank. The report was conducted by security consultancy Gexcon for Nel ASA, the company that developed the technology at the filling station. Police have said their own report on the […]

‘Best’ golf amateur turns pro

Norway’s young and highly promising golfer Viktor Hovland shocked players and spectators alike at the US Open at Pebble Beach over the weekend, when he ended the prestigious tournament four under par. He broke the record for an amateur set in 1960 by none other than gold legend Jack Nicklaus. “I didn’t know that, but […]

Hydrogen blast probe ‘may take months’

Norwegian police still aren’t offering any preliminary findings into their investigation of a major explosion at a hydrogen filling station just west of Oslo last week. The blast, meanwhile, has brought most of the hydrogen vehicle industry in Norway to a standstill. “It tends to take a relatively long time when we need to write […]

Norway formally bans fur farming

A majority in Norway’s Parliament voted as expected this week to formally ban fur farming from February 2025. Some Members of Parliament from the government parties reluctantly went along with the ban, which marked a victory for the small Liberal Party. The Liberals had been agitating for a ban on fur farming for years, following […]

Norwegian tanker burning in Gulf of Oman

Norway’s maritime authority (Sjøfartsdirektoratet) reported Thursday that the Norwegian-controlled tanker Front Altair was “attacked” early in the morning while sailing between the United Arab Emirates and Iran. The vessel is in the fleet of Norwegian shipping tycoon John Fredriksen’s firm Frontline Management, which denied earlier reports it had sunk. Frontline reported that all 23 crew […]

Coach proud after French thriller

Norway’s national women’s football team held off the heavily favoured French team through the first half of their second World Cup match Wednesday night, and lost 2-1 on a penalty kick. Coach Martin Sjögren was nonetheless “extremely proud” of his team’s performance. “We managed to perform in a very good manner,” Sjögren told state broadcaster […]