Graveyard attack turned fatal

A man who first attempted to break into a home in the West Coast city of Haugesund with an axe on Tuesday later attacked a woman in a graveyard shortly thereafter. She died of injuries sustained in the attack and the man was in custody on Wednesday, charged with murder. Both crimes were still under […]

‘No-deal’ Brexit pact in place

Norway and Great Britain have put into place an agreement that aims to secure the legal status of Norwegians currently in the UK and British citizens in Norway, in the event Britain leaves the EU next month with no firm trade or legal agreements in place. The pact also applies to Norway’s partners in their […]

Helicopter crash kills both on board

UPDATED: A man and woman in their 40s from Rogaland were killed when the helicopter they were flying crashed Sunday in steep mountain terrain near Røldal. An investigation into the cause of the private helicopter crash was already underway on Monday. The helicopter is believed to have taken off around 3pm Sunday afternoon, bound for […]

Storms caused ‘enormous’ damage

Local officials and not least home- and vehicle owners were assessing the damage caused over the weekend by the latest severe storm to slam into Nordland County. Damage estimates were hitting tens of millions of kroner, not least in Vesterålen. Sture Pedersen, mayor of Bø in Vesterålen, reported how the storm raged all night, damaging […]

Yacht owner flew doomed helicopter

Norway’s accident investigations board has delivered its final report on a near-fatal helicopter crash that occurred in Bergen in May 2017. It has concluded that wealthy Hong Kong businessman Charles Chan was flying the helicopter himself, and had little experience when he attempted to land it on his luxury yacht anchored offshore. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) […]

Norway won snow crab conflict

Norway’s Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a Latvian fishing vessel that was convicted of illegally trapping snow crabs off Svalbard. The high court concluded that Norway, which has control over the Arctic island group through an international treaty, has exclusive rights to harvest the crabs. The Latvians’ legal complaint has been working its […]

Røkke’s tower can’t save the seas

Norwegian industrialist Kjell Inge Røkke has been met with thumbs down from political leaders in the Oslo suburb of Bærum, who refused to approve his plan for a skyscraper at Fornebu. Now Røkke may take his plan elsewhere, or even out of Norway. The building plans unveiled last year in the presence of Prime Minister […]

PST criticizes counterpart’s data storage request

Norway’s state intelligence gathering agency PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjenesten) isn’t supporting a request from its military and overseas counterpart E-tjenesten, that the latter be allowed to monitor and store all data crossing the border for 18 months. PST fears it may overlap or collide with its own itelligence gathering. PST is responsible for assessing and handling […]

Stavanger plagued by rats

Pest control experts say they haven’t seen so many rats in Stavanger for 30 years. They’re questioning whether the increase in the rat population is linked to Norway’s transition to poison-free extermination efforts. The City of Stavanger doubled its funding for pest control last year, but it doesn’t seem to have helped. Newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad […]

Terror-charged Russian can’t stand trial

A 20-year-old Russian who stabbed a woman in an Oslo grocery last month has been declared too mentally ill to stand trial, at least for now. His defense attorney said he’s been diagnosed as suffering from a form of psychosis. “After a preliminary examination, the court-appointed psychiatrist believes he was in a state of psychosis […]