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Police call for more help at Mongstad

Norway's western police district has asked the military for help, if the need for extra security around Equinor's huge oil and gas plant and refinery at Mongstad becomes long term. Unidentified drones were seen flying over the supply base...

Embassy demonstration turned violent

Police arrested more than 90 people on Thursday after a demonstration outside the Iranian Embassy in Oslo turned violent. Several of the demonstrators tried to break into the embassy, located in the Norwegian capital's fashionable Frogner district. Police resorted to...

Tall Ship sailed around gas leak

One of Norway' three classic old sailing ships, the Christian Radich, suddenly found itself too close for comfort while sailing from Oslo to Gotland in the Baltic Sea on Monday. It picked up "unusual echoes" on its radar, and...

National team disappoints its fans

Norway's national football team has some of the best professional players in the world, but just can't seem to make it work. Tuesday night's latest loss to Serbia knocked them out of the top spot in their Nations League...

Russian men flee to Northern Norway

Their numbers aren't nearly as large as the 17,000 arriving in Finland over the weekend, but hundreds of Russian men subject to being drafted into the army have crossed Russia's border to Norway in the far north. Another 243...

More arrests after mass shooting

Two more suspects have been arrested in connection with a mass shooting during Oslo Pride celebrations in June. One of them had the same weapon as the gunman himself, Zaniar Matapour, who remains in police custody but continues to...

Oslo leaders warn of tough winter ahead

Norway's prime minister has been trying to prepare Norwegians for an expensive winter ahead and now Oslo officials are doing the same. They claim that the capital's notoriously high public transport fares may finally decline, but warn the city...

Norway on a roll at cycling championships

Norway suddenly produced another cycling champion this week, but it wasn't as much of a surprise as its first gold medal at the cycling world championships going on in Australia. Søren Wærenskjold was already known as one of the...

Oil companies still keen on exploration

Climate change and long-term caps on carbon emissions haven't discouraged oil companies from applying for offshore exploration licenses in Norway's territorial waters. The 26 applications received last week also encouraged the Norwegian ministry in charge. Oil & Energy Minister Terje...

Royal couple at Queen Elizabeth’s funeral

Norway's King Harald V and Queen Sonja were among the 2,000 people invited to take part in funeral services for Great Britain's Queen Elizabeth in London on Monday. They joined around 500 other royals and heads of state and...

Norway boasts surprise cycling champ

Not even many Norwegians had heard of cyclist Tobias Foss, but sports commentators claimed he made Norwegian cycling history by winning the UCI Road World Championship in tempo cycling in Wollongong, Australia over the weekend. "It's incredibly impressive," Thor Hushovd,...

Even more teachers out on strike

The number of teachers now on strike in Norway rose to 8,200 on Monday. National mediator Mats Ruland confirmed that the conflict appears deadlocked after dragging on for three months. The teachers' unions claim they've made some offers aimed at...

Housing prices rose again

Lots of real estate experts and analysts had predicted that housing prices would settle down on higher interest rates, and that the sellers' market in most Norwegian cities would turn into a buyers' market. They were wrong, at least...

PST worried about new Pride event

As many as 50,000 people are expected to march through downtown Oslo on Saturday and then gather for another major show of support for the Pride movement. They aim to promote tolerance for gender diversity and defy threats, but...

Series of stabbings shakes Oslo

A man in his 20s was charged on Wednesday in yet another stabbing in the Norwegian capital Tuesday night. It was the latest in a series of violent attacks, some of them in broad daylight, and another man was...

National team rolls over Albania

They'd already qualified to play in the World Cup next year, but Norway's national women's football team more than secured their spot by crushing Albania in the last of the matches for its group. Sophie Román Haug scored three...

Cyclists fined for ignoring traffic rules

Police have been out in force around Norway in recent weeks, setting up traffic controls near newly re-opened schools and after high levels of conflict involving cars, electric scooters and cyclists. A total of 33 cyclists were stopped and...

‘Skibladner’ seeks more state support

It was a miserable summer for Norway's historic paddle steamer Skibladner. The season got off to a late start for the 166-year-old vessel, because of low water levels on Lake Mjøsa where she sails, and then came two major...

Men top drowning statistics

A total of 40 Norwegians lost their lives in drowning accidents this summer, fully 37 of them men. Of the 67 who have drowned since January 1, 59 were men and eight were women, raising concerns over reckless boating...

Pakistani community aids flood victims

Norway is sending NOK 25 million to Pakistan after last week's flood catastrophe, and Norwegian-Pakistanis have been mobilizing too. They aim to gather and send as many as 12 tons of clothing to the areas hardest hit, along with...

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