Mountain still moving, warnings maintained

State geologists were reporting “enormous speed” on Monday in the movement of an unstable mountainside at Rauma in Romsdal. The portion of the mountain range known as Veslemannen shifted as much as a full meter, prompting officials to maintain “red alert” warnings of a major rockslide into the valley below. Heavy rain that also set […]

Fatal stabbing in Oslo

A fatal stabbing in Oslo’s Majorstua district set off a massive police response at midday on Monday. Armed police officers were searching for someone who fatally stabbed another person near the Majorstua elementary school. Details remained sketchy but a police spokeswoman stressed that the school was not directly affected by the stabbing. Police haven’t released […]

Widerøe threatens route cancellations

The Norwegian airline serving small airports around the country claims that a new airline passenger tax can result in major cuts in service to outlying areas. It’s threatening that routes in Finnmark and along the West Coast can be especially affected. The government’s recently proposed state budget includes new methods of calculating the tax that’s […]

Munch Museum to stay open until move

Oslo’s Munch Museum in the Tøyen area of Oslo will remain open through all of next year and right up until its art is moved to its new museum building due to open in June 2020. “It’s extra important for us to stay open when the National Gallery closes its doors in January,” said the […]

Coca-Cola threatens local drinks producer

The huge US-based Coca-Cola Company is threatening to sue a small Oslo beverage company, O Mathisen AS, for infringing on its patent. Mathisen has been making and selling Tøyen-Cola, named after an eastside Oslo neighbourhood, but Coca-Cola is more concerned with protecting its drink called Sprite. Mathisen also has started producing and selling a soft […]

Record warmth in Bergen

Summer apparently isn’t over yet, with clear, sunny weather in much of Southern Norway and rain on the West Coast giving way to warm sunshine as well. So warm, that it set another record on Thursday. “Bergen has been lucky today,” state meteorologist Geir Ottar Fagerli told state broadcaster NRK on Thursday. “The warm spell […]

Teenagers have stopped smoking

Hardly any Norwegian teenagers smoke cigarettes any longer. After 20 years of tough restrictions against smoking, it seems today’s youngest generation never started in the first place. New statistics from a health care survey in the central Norwegian county of Trøndelag showed that the number of daily smokers aged 13 to 19 has fallen 11 […]

No funding for Viking ship repairs

Norway’s conservative government failed to earmark any additional funding in this year’s state budget to bolster the country’s famed Viking ships. Signs of deterioration were found on both the Gokstad and Oseberg ships last summer, and calls have gone out for immediate repairs. The hulls of both ships started to sag last summer. Experts at […]

Dutch military forgot warm clothing

Soldiers from the Netherlands who are in Norway for this fall’s huge NATO exercise were not issued the warm clothing they’ll need. Their military bosses reportedly forgot that winter weather can arrive in October and November, and in many areas already has. Newspaper Aftenposten recently reported that Dutch soldiers were told late last month to […]

NATO exercise grows in size and scope

Another 6,000 US soldiers will be joining the huge NATO exercise that formally gets underway in Norway later this month. They’ll be arriving on the USS Harry S Truman, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier that’s bound to make waves. Norwegians generally have an aversion to anything nuclear-powered and don’t like it when either US or Russian […]